Yard Work

We finally finished up the simple patio cover over the lagoon area in my backyard. It was a slow undertaking as I really couldn't tolerate working out in the cold this past winter... but now that it is done and the weather is getting somewhat warmer.... need I say it? I have started to undertake another new project in my backyard. Why, oh WHY do I do this?.... eiy-eiy-eiy... the things I get myself into. This area had a large planter with lush tropical plants in it... but, I decided to make the planter area smaller so that I could make more usable space in the actual lagoon. For the most part this area was basically a breezeway between two areas. Now it is going to serve more as a seating area.

 I dug up all the plants, then up came all of the retaining stones and lastly, massive amounts of dirt had to be dug up... Where I'm going to be putting all that dirt is giving me nightmares! In my mind, I thought it was going to be a lot less dirt... in this photo it doesn't look like much, but it is a pile of dirt about three feet wide by 20 feet long... I reworked the planter on the side of the lagoon, I even added a few more rows of the retaining stones to this planter so I could actually use up some of the dirt. It didn't make the dent in the dirt pile like I had imagined... nuts. 
 Along the fence line, I've been toying with the idea of making a counter using barrels. I may opt for a narrower counter just to keep the area as big as possible. I tacked up my collection of gold embossed plates.. they may or may not stay there, who knows.
 Here is another view. It will be fabulous when it is all finished-- but in the mean time, it is a little bit overwhelming to have such a huge mess a.k.a. "the dirt pile." I need another twenty to thirty retaining stones to create the small retaining wall that is needed so I can keep going. Right now everything is at a stand still.... All in all I think I've added another three feet of usable space. Hooray! Just enough room for a nice comfy chair for me to sit in.
Oh, who am I kidding... sitting doing nothing would drive me nuts. *wink*
big hugs,


  1. You are a hard worker Cheryl! I wish I had your ambition and motivation!
    have a great day!

  2. Wow you have taken on a lot but it does look fabulous, I love your collection of plates it looks cool on that wall!!

  3. Hi Cheryl, what a huge job but will be so worth it when complete. Pace yourself as you go along and share with us the progress. It will be wonderful. Have a nice weekend ahead. xo

  4. I live in Northern Indiana where I am patiently and some days not so patiently waiting for our weather to warm up so my Pond Area redo can commence yet again. There is a lot of work in a redo project. If my husband saw that pile of dirt, he'd be designing a waterfall for the pond. But then the mind designs and the body rebels!!
    xx, Carol

  5. It's always darkest before the dawn!! Keep plugging away, you have marvelous ideas!

  6. This will look lovely for spring and you'll be able to enjoy it with the nicer weather.


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