Thursday, May 16, 2013

Rainy Day Yard Work


Saturday was cloudy, drizzly, humid and messy.  But it didn't stop us from putting in a long and tiring day of yard work.
(edging berms, weeding, trimming branches, planting, debris removal, pond cleaning to name just a few)
Trying to catch up on all of those muscle and bone-wearying chores that come with yard care.
 window boxes filled by a sweaty, disheveled, camera-toting nut that had to change from early morning sweatshirt to sleeveless shirt as the day and hard work progressed.
 herb garden tidied
 companion and sentry scowled and barked each time I rounded a corner or vanished from sight
 flower container returned to front door after cleaning and disinfecting from brood of birds that took up residence for several weeks.
~ i will just say, nasty ~
Last spring, our township removed a large tree from the curb edge that had been in decline for several years.  In the fall, they took out most of the stump leaving a large mound of wood chips.
John used a hatchet to get more of the stump out and then leveled the surface.
Instead of planting grass seed, he bought sod and we got it down this week.

We also planted a few more raspberry and blackberry bushes.
still more work to be done...
mulch ordered for Saturday delivery. bushes and boxwood still need hedging.
but that was enough for one day.

i leave you with one last photo from someone who usually (successfully) does many things at one time...

(I did manage to bake a lovely batch of sweet rolls from this over-zealous dough)

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty
Proverbs 14:23

30 comments:

Marsha said...

Your yard is lovely!!! I like to garden, too. I can't wait to spend some more time outside as a time-consuming project has just been completed and I have the time to enjoy and not just get the necessities done.
Oh, I love to multitask, too. You can get a lot done that way!
Can't wait to catch up on your possts (as I started following you sometime awhile back) now that my project is complete. Check it out when you have a minute. I posted last night.

lindsey said...

I love how you Americans call the most amazing garden a 'yard':) here in the UK a yard would be a little paved are at the back of the house, more often found in inner city areas where land is scarce. Your garden looks wonderful you must put in lots of hard work.

Snap said...

Wonderful garden. It is a lot of work, but doesn't it feel good to be outside!

Brandi said...

Your yard is so beautiful! You and your husband created such a gorgeous space.

Desires of the Heart said...

Lorraine, your yard and gardens are just beautiful!! All your hard work is paying off. It really is hard work isn't it and our bodies are not always as willing as in days past, but it is good for the body and the soul to be able at the end of the day and gaze on the art of the creator as we tend His garden. Love your special touches and your front porch is adorable. I am working on the same stuff and it is rewarding, although a little painful at the end of the day ;) Thanks for sharing!! I'm sure the rolls were a welcome treat after all your hard work!!

Susan said...

Oooooo, I think the yard looks great, LDH. Nice jobs by you and John.

Glad you got some sweet rolls out of the runaway dough. You are such a fabulous baker. You could turn out something yummy from sawdust.

Thanks so much for all your visits and comments. Susan

Traci said...

It looks so pretty! I love this time of year when we get to plant & tidy up.

Barbara F. said...

Wow, that is a day's hard labor but it looks beautiful. Love your front door and porch, Lorraine. And the proverb is a perfect selection for this post. xo

La Tea Dah said...

Everything looks so beautiful! Happy Spring!

LaDonna
Gracious Hospitality

Olga said...

Beautiful photos. Your garden looks like a very peaceful and tranquil place. I think even working in there would be very relaxing.

Keri On said...

What a beautiful yard! Beautiful photos!...Ah, so your cup (er, um dough bowl) runneth over! What a blessing!

Mona said...

Your garden is so beautiful..I can tell you do a lot of work in keeping it this pretty....cute little doggie too.. :-)
Love, Mona

Hanni said...

Love your garden, it is so wonderful! I am sure, that you have lot of work there. Wish you happy gardening :)
Hanni

Joy said...

It looks great, I know it's hard work! It's wonderful when neighbors keep their homes and yards looking nice. I looked at Raider and thought about his encounter with bees a couple of years back. Glad he is still with you!

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, I love your yard; it looks like it should be in a magazine. I have had birds nest in wreaths and also a container like yours. You are right about what a mess it is and this year I'm only hanging flat welcome signs. Love your pup too.
Have a relaxing afternoon & evening.
Hugs, Noreen

Maryann said...

Your last photo made me laugh out loud...that would be something I would do. I like working when it's a little misty/rainy outside...it's great for gardening and yours is beautiful.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your yard is beautiful, I love the swervy brick wall! Kinda funny to have this humidity in May isn't it:@)

Ann said...

your yard looks beautiful. You must have been exhausted by the end of the day. Raider seems to approve of all that you did.

Kara @ Petals to Picots Crochet said...

Looks like all your hard work paid off ... everything looks beautiful!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

You have a lovely house and garden. I like the landscaping you have along your front walkway.

I did not have to babysit my grand daughter today, and my husband took a day off work, so we bought our very first lawnmower and did quite a bit of yard work, too, Lorraine. I have my fingers crossed that the deer and rabbits allow my marigolds and geraniums to survive!


Happy weekend!

Pondside said...

Isn't it satisfying to do all that clean up - so easy to see what's been accomplished.
Your 'multi-tasking cake'....well, I think I have the same recipe because I once made one just like it!!!!!

SarahGeorge said...

Oh!How beautiful it is! Your hard work has surely paid off! I remember the post about the tree removal.
Thanks for your visit dear Lorraine and your lovely words.

Just a little something from Judy said...

This post looks like it could have been taken directly from the pages of my Victoria magazine. Really, what a beautiful job you did! I can't imagine how pretty those window boxes will be when filled with the bright red Impatients. The front door look so nice with the white arrangement on it. Job well done(or almost).

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Love your collages and photography. I've got yard work waiting on me, once we get home. Your yard is lovely.

Rosita Vargas said...

Muy hermoso tu jardín una maravilla adoro las flores y tengo muchas las cuido con esmero,saludos y abrazos.

Maple Lane said...

That was a lot of work! It was rainy and cool here today. I hand washed the vinyl siding on our front porch. Even tho the house is new, dust from the construction next door had settled on the porch. Like you, I have sore muscles and will start again on Monday!

Adrienne said...

I loved seeing your lovely yard. And I enjoyed seeing you, my friend! Your yard helped looks like he would love to dig in those flower beds - he would think he's helping, of course. We planned to finish planting our garden today but it's a cold, rainy day so that task has been postponed to the first of the week when the sun should shine again!
~Adrienne~

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Donna said...

Your yard is gorgeous! And I know all too well how much work goes into making it look that good! And thanks for the laugh on the dough making a run for it out of the bowl!

Robyn@SimplyMe1970 said...

Your yard looks beautiful!! Sorry Im just getting to this post. Im playing catch up with my blog reading....

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