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Sorry for the delay … maybe this will tide you over

Posted by joeabbott on October 22, 2016

Hey, all … I have a couple stories going but they need pictures that I don’t have. You see, Suzy and I have a lot of pics but only started to really save our shots when digital photography came on the scenes. Even then, I seemed to have LOTS of shots of mountains I’d climbed and outings I was on, but very few of our home and projects about the house. But, in looking for pictures to go along with some things I’m writing, Suzy sent me a trove of great shots from our early days … I’ll share a few here as I try to find more appropriate shots to go with my other posts.

Let’s talk about our backyard

When we moved in, we didn’t have much of a backyard; it was a field. I fought back a lot of the blackberry plants but, after a time, we brought in a construction crew to put in the bones of the yard. Suzy was just starting to learn gardening (on a large yard scale) yet we didn’t have a master plan. Each part has been added thoughtfully, but we didn’t have an overall vision. It’s come together nicely.

The below is what the entire yard looked like: tall grasses, a crown of blackberry bushes, and no fencing on the sides. And, for the most part, just a long, undulating slope.

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Here’s a shot of our “deck” or patio. Just an 8’x8’ concrete pad that we reached by a broad single step. And, right off it … grassland. We did have a small buffer of yard, but in this shot let that grow when we knew we were going to have work done back here. You can see the flags where construction was going to begin.

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It’s a little abrupt but here’s an “after” shot … after the deck and landscaping structure was in but before Chickenville, the path\bridge, and our raised beds.

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We were pretty happy with our fire pit on the plateau … we’ve spent a lot of evenings up there with a small fire.

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Suzy and I planted the Leyland Cyprus at the top of the hill one died (I ringed the bark with a string trimmer) and it had to be replaced … they’re now about 40’ tall.

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And, let’s stop here. I’ll post another tomorrow but I now have to get going as we prepare to head north for another day of spreading bark chips on the new property perimeters. As always, thanks for dropping by!

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One Response to “Sorry for the delay … maybe this will tide you over”

  1. fran abbott said

    Absolutely amazing, Joe! I can’t remember the yard in its early days, but it’s a monumental testament to the work and vision held by you and Suzy. So well done!
    Love, Mom

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