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October 11th 2010    Tim Candler

    There is a yard of earth which generally is conceptualized as a three foot cube.  But when that neat three foot cube is made fluffy by shoveling into a wheel barrow it loses its simple geometry and becomes an uncontained mass.  Earth that is damper weighs more than drier earth.  And always it is most astonishing how difficult it is to judge the quantity of soil that comes out of a good hole in the ground.

    I have what I would call thirty foot of soil.  Not a record by any means, but nonetheless it makes an interesting form beside the Laurels.   Tempted to give it eyes on stalks and a mouth, but this is not sand and we are not beside the sea.

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