Next week has mixed reviews... again. One site says rain and one says nice, sunny, hot weather. I'd prefer the later only the cashier at the nursery told me her boyfriend is a roofer, dependent on the weather, and VERY accurate and he says it's going to rain. Hmm... thankfully Saturday and Sunday were sunny and I got a lot of work done in the back yard.
One of my neighbours is now working at the nursery and she said her partner was feeling bad watching me shovel rocks. He thought he should help. I asked her to thank him for me and tell him that I actually enjoy doing this kind of work and it's good exercise for me but I'd call if there was something too heavy. I didn't. I called my son instead and traded chocolate cake with whip cream for help moving a BIG rock and a tub of dirt and - of course - a hug.
I don't call him very often. I'd say that I'm saving points for my old age but it wouldn't be true. What is true is that I am very independent and I know what I want and it's much easier to just do it myself than try to explain it to someone else. That means that when I do call, he know that I really do need help.
I'd hoped to grade the walkway from the stairs down to the deck but it's too steep so I've added two steps using some bits I removed from one edge of the existing deck. I like re-fashioning in the yard as well as in the studio and I landscape the same way I create - start, respond to the developing yard, keep going until it says it's finished although it won't be finished this year. I've decided to wait on the wooden deck and hope wood is less expensive next year.
The "fence" is a headboard I'd been keeping in yard-stash. On the other side of it, I created a rock wall with some shrubs that will eventually be visible up top. The far side of the headboard is screwed to a treated wood post that was left from my contractor building the stairs. It extends into a hole where I put gravel at the bottom and then filled it with an expanding fence post product - cement-ish - that my contractor left for me to do this year. You mix the two parts and then it grows and oozes and fills up the space. As it was doing that, I put more rocks on top so they'd also get cemented in and hold that corner very secure. It doesn't wobble at all when I push on it.
From my last house, I have a battery operated, outdoor, light fixture I want to somehow hang near an outdoor curl-up chair in that space for reading and/or writing. Right now (Sunday afternoon) I'm sitting on the upper patio, feeling the warm sunshine, listening to the creek while I type and it's amazing. Such a gift.
For the carpet bag-ish fabric, I ended up stitching a 1" grid with dark purple thread. It's subtle like I wanted. I also prepared and cut out the lining and I'm ready to create the pockets. I'd planned to clean house today only I have a coffee date at 11:00 which may have been enough time but - just in case - LOL - I've put it off until tomorrow and I'll play in the studio instead. After all the yard work, that sounds like a great idea.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - a beautiful yard