Monthly Archives: September 2010

Storm destroys pinwheel

I had gotten a set of three metal pinwheels, in hopes of putting one next to the ground for the house’s wiring, which for some reason the electrician planted in the garden. Possibly he thought the plants meant that there was actual ground there, as opposed to the gravel pad on which all of NARL sits, but really the whole garden is on top of the pad, so if that was crucial, the place still isn’t grounded.

Anyway, we’ve been having a big fall storm this weekend, with strong winds, and they pretty much destroyed the pinwheel.  There was minor coastal flooding, but that didn’t affect the garden.

Remains of the fallen pinwheel.

The wheel part was held on by a round nut, which presumably came unscrewed and fell into the snow.  I looked, but was unable to find it.  It will show up when the snow melts, although that may not be until June.

The rod that hold the pinwheel is actually two pieces that screw together, and they were almost unscrewed, so it appears that it must have come unscrewed due to changes in wind direction rotating the wheel, but why the wheel came unscrewed isn’t clear…

I’ll have to put one of the others out, since they do hide the grounding rod, or at least distract from it.


A garden in Paris

I recently went to a professional conference in Paris.  Paris has many lovely public gardens, which are not very much like the TundraGarden at all.  But I thought folks might enjoy seeing a couple of pictures of the garden behind Notre Dame.

Garden behind Notre Dame

Garden behind Notre Dame

Garden behind Notre Dame

Public restrooms in garden at Notre Dame, with concrete done to look like timber framing!

A half-ton…pumpkin!

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No, it’s not from the tundra, but it’s pretty impressive.