July 23, 2015: What is happening?
We're a bit confused. On September 13, 2014 we posted a photo of the first leaf on our property to turn color from green to red. It was on a red maple tree. Today, amidst 90+ degree heat, our attention was grabbed by that same tree suddenly showing a dozen bright red leaves, two of which had already fallen to the ground.
And Joie wasted no time breaking in the Toro with a walk around the labyrinth! If you look closely, you might note that the fashionista is sporting a flannel shirt and work boots!
Meanwhile, the reason we haven't posted any work progress pics is that, although we've been toiling on several related outdoor projects from dawn to dusk every day, not one of them is ready for an "after" photo. But we're getting very close now, so please stay tuned.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
|Crooked, uneven concrete slabs & a chain-link fence with no purpose|
Here are a few more before pics.
|A moldy indoor-outdoor carpet complemented the ancient a/c compressor|
|The top layer of wood below the carpet|
Jo's colleague Adeline donated her time, strength and wonderful exuberance to help remove the rotten wood. To make the job more difficult, the top boards were securely nailed and screwed into long 4x4's planted in the dirt, plus there were 2x4's and mystery panels screwed into the house, the patio roof and above the a/c unit, all of which had to be lugged to the growing wood pile several hundred feet away. (See previous blog post "Got Wood?")
Once the patio deck was cleared of rug, wood, miscellaneous chunks of concrete and rodent nests, it was aerated and covered with fine but porous screening and framed with stone edgers. The strange fence and obstacle gate were removed, the uneven slabs were reset and cleaned, and weeds were removed to show off some of the beautiful rock formation on the hillside.
The finishing touch was hiding the a/c unit with decorative lattice panels.
BTW, the dimness of the photos is due to the gorgeous, but sun-blocking maple tree canopy. Still to come is the planting of a lot of shade-loving ground cover for the newly cleared section at the foot of the rock mound...and maybe a waterfall...
If you look closely, you'll see Marilyn & Adeline at the top of the stairs waving TTFN despite the effort it took to raise their exhausted arms...