a work in progress
Ha! I bet you all thought I had skipped town. Would have been nice, but, alas, that was not the case. I've been here all the time. Just had other stuff to do. You know how it is. Wow, I can hardly believe it - as of tomorrow we'll have been living in this house for 13 whole years. Tomorrow is also a public holiday (Labour Day, Ascension Day and Father's Day all rolled into one neat package this year) so we'll be relaxing out on the terrace if the weather is fine.
Mr. M. finished off said terrace back in March and somehow ended up with a big pile of dirt that needed to be moved somewhere. And because he just can't leave well enough alone, and also because even after 13 years, this place STILL isn't finished, he announced that he was going to think about a new solution for the rain barrels and maybe build a few steps on that slippery slope leading down the barbeque. Little did I know that it would take 500 kg (no joke) of cement and an awful lot of elbow grease on his part to complete this task. But he loves stuff like this, in fact he says he often dreams about moving to Oregon and making a living as a handyman. Hmm, yeah, I'd be in to that. Just need to rustle up a couple of green cards.
Anyway, here's how it looked starting out.
As I mentioned, where the stairs are now there used to be a dusty, steep path leading down to the dark and dismal place where we keep the barbeque and other assorted gardening junk. You really needed to watch your step to keep from slipping but somehow we never did anything about it. Until now.
Here you can see a pile of the flat stones he used to create the steps.
Finally! A decent place to park the barbeque.
If you squint you can see the lids of the rain barrels in the back of the photo. We have four in this location and two more at the front of the house and since we do get a lot of rain here, we mostly use that to water the garden. The barrels used to be above ground, so to speak, and were pretty much in the way and not all that attractive, so Mr. M moved them and made them their own little wall to hide behind.
Well, OK, not quite ta daa. The grass still needs to fill in at the bottom of the last step and it's my job to plant all those flowers in pretty pots and create a pleasing arrangement. We decided to extend the stairs around that curve because nothing grew under the big tree anyway and this way we can have a lot more colour and variety. It's not officially planting time yet in Germany, there's still danger of frost, but what the hey, eh? Nothing like living dangerously.
So what have YOU been up to?