I mentioned before that Dan and I have been doing a lot around the outside of the house. Yesterday we got out and finally picked up a bunch of things that we have been wanting for a while. Dan and I are pretty frugal and not at all impulsive when it comes to buying things, I think as a result of years and years of 'artists' budgets. We tend to hmmm and haaaa over purchases for weeks, which is a good thing (though we occasionally miss a sale or two as a result). Yesterday we came home with a fire bowl for having fires in the back yard, solar lights, new rugs, new sheets, new pillows, and less excitingly, a new dehumidifier for the basement.
We extended all of our gardens this year. When we first moved in, there were no gardens at all, though there was a hosta growing through the gravel driveway, and an iris in the grass. Last year we put in small gardens, and this year we have extended them a lot. We still have more to do, I want the gardens to go along either side of the new path we made in the back yard (which also still has to be finished).
|Before & After! Not much left to do, except for the plants to grow.|
|Our garden last year, next to our garden this year.|
Our yard was such a mess when we moved in. There were rocks everywhere, the grass hardly grew, the driveway and front lawn had become nearly indistinguishable from the other. I really like looking back at the house before we moved in, and comparing it to what we have done. It feels good. I still remember how much I hated this house when I first walked in the door. It's funny because I absolutely adore it and all of it's quirks now.
|A work in progress, that garage needs to go!|
Aside from finishing digging the rest of the gardens, I also want to paint the back wall of our house. As you can see, something has happened that has caused them to have to re-brick the back exterior wall. For whatever reason, they didn't even attempt to match the brick... so we will paint that part. It is something that really drives me crazy, and I hope we can take care of it soon. Our garage is also falling down, so we need to tear it down and rebuild. I want to plant hostas and lilies along the back fence to hide some of the patchy parts of the fence, and once all of that is done, I will be satisfied! We will have a backyard oasis!
|Oliver is wondering which plant he should crush next.|
|Our pebble path and fire pit|
|Love these flowers, they look like jelly fish|
|My rhododendron in bloom|
|Our new-ish front door!|