We finally received the awaited package late last week and yesterday after a little bit of puttering (on Roy's part) and sputtering (on the tiller's part), the Under Gardener announced the tiller was ready for duty. (A few years ago, a British friend gave us two mugs for tea. One says "Head Gardener" and the other "Under Gardener." So those have been our respective titles since then.)
After finishing his repair job,
Bless his heart, my dear husband went right to work and got about half the beds tilled up.
Look at that lovely, friable soil. I am so anxious to get out there and plant some seeds! Now I just have to be patient and let our temperatures warm up a bit more so that I don't get frostbite while doing it.