Saturday, 31 May 2008

The Store House

While I will probably never get into digital scrapbooking, I do like being able to 'photoshop' pictures from time to time.

This is the original picture I took of the storehouse.
and this is the modified version.
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I like them both.

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

My Truck is a Working Truck

Last week on Monday my truck carried a load of soil in from the farm......and on Tuesday carried a load of rubble to the dump.

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Landscaping-before and during

This is the backyard before we started. Frankly, I am amazed I remembered to take pictures.

This is partway through. The sidewalk is in the process of being removed and the hole filled with soil, sand, compost and leaves.

the 'deck' is gone, and the grass removed from the lawn is being placed in its spot. There is still alot of soil needing to be rearranged.
The cedar is gone, (partially because it is getting scruffy and partially because of 'scope creep') and the lilac tree (branches only visible on the right side) is slated for removal after it has finished blooming. We like the lilac tree, and would move it if we could but it is in an incredibly inconvenient place.
I have also transplanted my tomatoes and peppers into the garden under the cold frame. The peppers look ok but the tomatoes.... well, I'll be pleased if they even survive.

Noted for future reference: Grass will grow through landscaping cloth, no matter what anyone else will tell you.And a gratuitous flower picture. The tulips finally started blooming on May8.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, 11 May 2008

Archeology 101

The concept was simple. Enlarge the flower bed behind the house by digging a longer and wider hole. How hard could it be?
Uh oh!! What is this?!?!? (the ropey thing is my camera strap)

'This' turned into....this

Under which, was another 'this'...

that ended up being 'THIS'! and there is still one big piece to come out.
(previous owners have had a thing for concrete. When we jack-hammered the sidewalk beside the house there were at least three sidewalks underneath.)

Thankfully, the original brick walkway 'bonded' to the lst layer of concrete poured on top and came out as one unit...

and the long piece is being used now as a retaining wall.

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Sneaking one in


The funny thing is, I scattered the bulbs from the bag across the yard and then dug them in, yet the yellow ones are together, the white ones are together and so are the purple ones. You have to wonder how that worked.

The Tank Goes for a Ride

and has taken up residence at Mom and Dad's.
It fit just perfectly in the back of my truck.
and the yard seems much bigger without it here.

Mom seems to mind a lot less when I bring stuff to leave and it stays outside (take Sager for example) than the stuff that has just stayed after I left. ;)