Here are a few views from the front and back yard plus a bonus video of the crazy rain we have been having lately.
When we moved into this house there was a GIANT pond with two waterfalls coming into it (we wound up having hundreds of goldfish in it, literally hundreds-but that is a different post). We drained and filled it in dubbing it a huge drowning hazard with all the kids around. We also had a "putting green", which was astro-turf with little holes and flags. Although this didn't need mowing or water it did need to be vacuumed of leaves and dirt (yes vacuumed) and you couldn't really sit on it, the 'grass' was scratchy and hard. Not to mention totally weird. So last summer we (I say we, but really I mean Daddy-O) started the transformation.
The pond was filled in, a retaining wall and small 'upper patio' were installed. An addition to the existing patio was poured and sod was layed. Daddy-O also built two veg garden boxes, he says there are more to come but they take time to build and fill so maybe not this summer. This year we have broccoli, lettuce, asparagus, peas, potatoes, tomatoes, basil, chives, garlic, and onions (I am sure I am forgetting something) all growing out there. I love being able to walk out and pick part of my dinner from the yard!
We found a nice table and chair set on Craig's List. It was a little rough around the edges but just need to be sanded and re-sealed. I made cushions for the seats and now we have a nice little dining area out back. We also ordered couches from Overstock.com, they are perfect for lounging in or napping in if you have the time and two weekends ago Daddy-O finished installing the shade-sails for much needed shade this summer.
The backyard really is turning into an oasis- now if it would just stop raining... oh well, the rainbow sure are pretty!
(do you see the bird flying towards the rainbow??)
Oh and don't forget- to swing on over to Jane's blog for the complete list of all the Corner Viewers!