Not a lot happened in LaLaLand over the weekend. That is, we didn't do many different things. We did, however, complete one of our largest yard projects.
Namely, the front yard's rock retaining wall.
"How DID you do it?" You may be wondering. (Or maybe you're not, but I'll tell you anyway.)
One. At. A. Time.
We lifted. We rolled. We rocked--literally and figuratively. (Ooo, I winced a little at that corny pun. Too hard to resist sometimes, I guess.) We dug. We shoveled. We raked. We planted. We watered. And we--especially me--got very red. Hot sun + pasty girl + tank top + hasty and patchy sunscreen application = Sun burns. Who knew.
phase one of our rockin' landscape (the double meanings keep coming) which included putting in the flowerbeds and rocks along the driveway. Remember? We shared photos of it here.
Phase two was quite a bit more work. Just ask every muscle in my body and it'll scream it's current state to you as proof. And then my roasted shoulders will join in for a chorus. Thankfully, satisfaction trumps all.
Plus it adds a hefty dose of cub appeal--and the rocks haven't even been pressure washed yet to remove their dirt. After we wash them, we're also planning to transplant some lilies from our backyard to the flower bed space in between the wall and the sidewalk. It'll soften the look a bit, making it that much cuter. Cheers to that.
Mike wanted to make sure there was still a way to get his Dad's lawn tractor into our yard, so we built a sloped entrance in the front. We're planning to turn it into a step/ramp combo that may eventually go to a flagstone path to the front walk. No more walking up the driveway for our dear guests--and the mailman too, I suppose.
Perhaps you're asking another question: "Cost?"
Mike's parents have a lot of rocks in their lakeside home's yard. And they let us have as many as we wanted. What a gift!
Now for the customary before and after shots:
After, June 2011