The Transformation Continues….

You can start to really see what the terracing is going to look like.  I made tremendous changes to the house and now to the back yard.  The whole time, in my head, I kept thinking…I hope my dad likes this.  I know he’s gone and has been for awhile but I really hope if he can see what I’m doing that he likes what I’ve done to the house he built.  I really think he would’ve loved the back yard.  He was always so busy building the house and working full time that the yard got put on the back burner.  He did take the time some time to work on the back yard and since he loved to share his knowledge with anyone who would listen…I got to learn a little bit about gardening.

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It’s not much but you can start to see the terracing take shape.  Our lot is on quite a grade and you don’t really realize it until you start to look at it with a more critical eye.  I suppose it was hard to tell anything with a slightly sloping back yard overrun with weeds.

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The front of the house starts to get it’s makeover also.

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The gazebo doesn’t look so lost anymore. Finally it’s getting to be the focal point it should be.  Over 20 years old and it’s still as solid as ever.  Note to self…post a link to the company who made these!

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One of my favorite decisions I made for the back yard.  The guys who were doing this thought I was more than a little crazy.  These 2 doors were salvaged doors that my dad had bought 30+ years ago from old homes they were tearing down.  They’ve been in the house along with 2 fireplaces full of salvaged brick and windows.  I love these doors and knew I wanted to keep them and do something with them.  I originally had plans to use one in the front as an entrance to the rose garden but that plan was still off in the future.  Part of the reason why they went here is because I had no place to store them.  They ended up being the perfect entrance to the back yard and I had a little piece of my dad as part of the back yard he always wanted the time to spend in.

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Very, very blank….I wracked my brain with ideas to dress this up.  The results were great and still ongoing!

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Not the best shot of one of the guys.  Juan the Juanderful is one of the guys that made this all possible.  He also had great ideas.  The gazebo became a pergola for awhile.

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Looking so much better.  It is amazing how much a change in color can change your whole attitude about something.  I know that I’m very sensitive to color.  It completely affects my mood.  I went from absolutely hating being in this back yard to loving it with just a change in the paint color.

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I just love this picture of my girls.

More pictures coming!

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2 thoughts on “The Transformation Continues….

  1. So glad we have something in common after all these years :). I visited you many times in that house and never once did we go in the backyard! I didn’t realize how large it is!
    My passion is to awaken people esp the young, that their food and product choices is an investment. You either invest in your health and future and the companies that actually care about that or you invest in the big corporations and industries that ignore the crisis in human and environmental health!

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    • I’m very excited to try all of this out and document it all on this blog. I didn’t realize just how big the yard was until we did the terracing and saw all of the potential that it had. I can’t wait to plant more trees, learn more about composting and just getting my hands dirty! Harvesting is the most fun and satisfying thing ever. I also love that Piper really truly is seeing where food comes from. It doesn’t come from the grocery store. It comes from someone’s hard work and perseverance. The food we eat doesn’t just miraculously appear in the stores. She loves to eat the carrots as soon as we pull them out of the pots. I think between her grandmother and I she’s going to learn a lot!

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