You know when I was planning our wedding and all I talked about was that? Or when I was pregnant and all I did was talk about being pregnant? Or when I became a new mom, all I talked about was that? Yeah, so this yard work we’re up to… I think it might be becoming one of those topics. Because here I am again, posting about the work we’ve done to our yard.
But! This time! There are pictures! And even a few before and after shots. WOO!
THE BACK YARD:
As of today, we’ve moved the shed opposite where it was, added a raised veggie planter box, added a compost bin, and a laundry tree thing. Still to come: a picnic table by the shed.
Below is the first floor of the Poulet Chalet – the “salon” if you will. Still to add is the upper floor – the “boudoir” for the ladies. Ross has already built most of the roof (it’s in our basement). There is a very entertaining story about us moving the first floor of the coop outside two weekends ago – one that involved it not fitting, and having to take it apart a bit to make it fit. Hoo boy. Really, really funny. I’ve already named our chickens in our head but I’ll save that for their official announcement when we complete the coop and the girls arrive.
BACK RETAINING WALL:
Over the course of the winter, the hedges on the corner of our property got completely destroyed. Here’s what they looked like when we viewed the place last April:
Here’s what the hedges looked like in January:
And here is what it looks like now. We get compliments on it all the time from neighbours, although someone (the garbage collector that has to navigate this corner, maybe?) complained about it. They claimed we didn’t build it on our property. That $300 we paid to get a survey done on our house when we bought it finally proved useful. Take that, angry complainer. My guess is that everyone got so used to cutting the corner, that they didn’t really realize where our property line was. We checked with the city first to make sure there were no bylaws about setbacks, and we measured off our house and we made a point of building it low and gradually gaining height. We also removed the dead six or seven privet hedges from the corner and we’re planning to fill those back in.
THE FRONT YARD:
Here’s a few before shots:
Not bad, eh?
So, here’s two shots of the front as it is now:
A couple of neighbours have stopped by, wanting to know if we are:
- Installing a pond
- Installing a fountain
- Installing drainage
- Upgrading the water pipes
- EVER GOING TO BE DONE
Many days, my friends, I ask myself that same question. In reality, we are getting close. We need manure, soil, and the giant rhodos moved. And it’s good we’re coming to the end of the yardwork list, because I found some new projects. We need to fix the stepping stones.