We survived the night in the tent, but we did wake up to a frost. I am very thankful that it was for only one night. I get to sleep in my own bed tonight.
After spending time outside yesterday, I realized that the backyard has come along way since we posted our design progress a month or so back. We are in fact ready for sod (though it might be too late for us to lay it down before winter).
The winter vegetable gardens are coming along too, though slowly but I suppose that is due to the colder temperatures now. Here are photos of the everlasting bell peppers (still growing from Summer), the swiss chard, broccoli, cabbages and spinach.
We have carrots and cauliflower too but they were planted a little late and are still quiet small.
That’s it for today – my new dwell magazine just arrived in the mail and the banana bread is about to come out of the oven – time for a coffee break :-). I will post the banana bread recipe tomorrow.
We arrived back from vacation with an action packed weekend planned.
Firstly, I am ecstatic about my first sale on Etsy. I finished making a custom order for chair bags (for 11 in. wide kids chairs).
The first picture is the actual color swatch which shows the true color, the second picture is the finished bag but the photo was taken in the evening light.
The other big project this weekend is the backyard – we are having a “working bee”, where friends come over and help us out with manual labor in exchange for food and drinks. The two walled levels are being put into the backyard as designed in the previous post. This weekend we should have the following update done to that post (cross fingers 🙂 ):
Additional steps over the next few weekends:
Order and get the wood (DONE)
Order and get the sand, gravel and dirt (DONE – except for the gravel)
Lay out the step walls (DONE)
Put in french drains behind each step (DONE)
Fill in with soil (DONE)
Order and install concrete step tops
Order and get sod
Add the additional vegetable garden (DONE)
Place the boarders for the vegetable garden path
Fill with stones
I will post photo’s on Monday on the progress of our back yard :-).
My projects, over the weekend is to try to make progress on the:
With the weather now cooling – it is extremely pleasant in our back yard. It is the perfect time design and planning of our backyard.
Currently, our yard really does not have a whole lot of structure and the grass is not existent (just weeds). We have a finished deck, a vegetable garden (left side) and a play area (right side) all done. This is what it looks like – I love the trees
Our goal is just to enhance the area to the left and middle – by adding stone paths around the vegetable garden, two grass layers that step into each other and a circular area for entertainment or place to relax. The last one will be towards the back of the yard.
Here’s the design:
The grass step areas, I want to have concrete step slabs on the each, with slate tiles added into the grass for contrast and visual interest. Towards the bottom of this design, you can see the circular area which will be intertwined koru’s of grass and stone; and a seclusion wall around 2/3 of it. This project circular space will be a latter project. First of… is the layers and the stone path for the vegetable garden