Walk About Home

As is typical of me when I am having trouble with a post I am trying to write, I run away to outside and take a look at what is what, and then I try to save a tiny slice of my suburban life for who knows what, but it’s what I do. So here goes.

IMG_1844The plants have all been removed from along the front of the house. Now to build the cascading planters for a greens garden. This is the perfect spot because the house will keep it cool in the heat of the summer and if I make the first tier three feet high I will be able to walk along behind it and harvest with ease. We plan to put two more tiers in the front of the veggies for flowers, because not only can you not have too many flowers, but we need to keep the landscaping mixed in consideration of our neighbors who may not share my desire to plant the entire yard in edibles. But, and there is always a but, look at all that grass that I need to remove 😫

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We have found that the ground-up stump of cedarella is yielding quite a bit of beautiful mulch for the walk ways I am putting in around the perimeter of the house. The mulch, and then a few inches of river rock, keeps the weeds at bay, and also has the added plus of looking real nice. It is a lot of work to put in this walkway when the house has been planted in the typical way, with all bushy flowering vegetation up against the sides, but I not only want to have access to my windows and walls, to be able to paint or repair, I am planting around the outside of the property so that I can look out of my windows and see the flowers. I want to have a surround of lushness.

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The sun was not cooperating, still if you look close you can see that the artichokes are growing like gang busters. When they start to produce I will try to let some of them flower to help keep up the illusion of this being a flower garden. Well maybe not, for I do so love artichokes and the temptation to eat them all may be too great. 😋

We are going to have oodles and oodles of roses for Easter this year. Alas I am sad, the new one that was planted does not seem to have survived, but truly I won’t know for a while, and patience is not one of my strong points unfortunately, but realism is, and since there is nothing I can do about it one way or another, I wait…..

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The aloe is blooming again, and the hummingbirds have returned thank goodness. Their nests last year were in the camilla bushes I removed, so I was concerned that they would not return. There are not as many, but even one is a joy to watch 😍

Liebe Lee’s mister right is finishing the fence we started and I am ever so thankful. The difference this privacy shield has made in all of our lives is immeasurable.😌

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We have all been working towards having the weeds and grass under control for Easter, and unfortunately for Bat Bunny this means her available long grass for snacking is becoming scarce, and tomorrow this last patch is going down. However I am sure she will manage to get into something I would prefer she didn’t instead 😟

We have finally decided on a spot for the strawberry planters, but, yep but, look at what needs to be removed, grass, the war is never ending 😤 Additionally, when you look at my photos it so frequently appears that we have piles of junk all over the place, which is sometimes true, but more often than not, what looks to be trash is a treasure in waiting. Like these two pieces of seasoned copper roofing. For you see, they are going to become many pieces of handcrafted artisan jewelry.

I jokingly refer to my daughter as Caractaous, because she sees the usefulness and potential in what others would discard, and then uses it to create.  Also, like Caractaous Potts, she would spend her life out in her “workshop” if she could, but we would miss her so, she is much too much needed and much much loved ❤

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My five year old grandson is currently studying a unit on plants and (with his mother) planted this garden. I am told it is a little bit of everything, but if he had had his druthers it would only be watermelon. Some Curious George influence there I think. Also, look! I am so excited, a use for the barbecue rubble has been found. Never give up, never surrender 😉

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Last but not least, the bluebird of happiness has been found, and anyway, he was never really lost to begin with, we were just looking in the wrong place, when all along he was to be found in our own back yard.

❤️ Blessings Belinda

“And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.” Genesis 1:29-31

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8 thoughts on “Walk About Home

    • I am unabashedly biased on this blog in ways I never would be in person, but considering that this blog is all about stress reduction through self indulgence it is only to be expected I suppose. Thank you for your thought provoking comments. they are always appreciated. Oh yes, I almost forgot, it would be unbecoming for me to take credit for all the work being done in the yard, yes the vision is mine, but I do have seven hard workers that live with me, and I gotta say that I take full advantage of our multi-generational life style which gives me a plethora of young able helpers 🙂

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    • Thank you very much, it has taken around three years to get to where we are now, so this is a life time endeavor. Still you are right, the fact that we are beginning to see the fruits of our labor is rewarding and keeps us going. Regarding my back, as long as I am mindful and move with intention, all is well. It is the occasional lapse into forgetfulness that does me in…..sigh

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    • Ooooo, I have so much I want to say, so look for a nice long email from me soon. I am sorry about the unanswered telephone calls, but my ridiculous phone phobia is on the rise lately, and I just cant seem to stop cringing and withdrawing every time the darn thing rings……..so stupid, but there it is.
      Much Love Belinda

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