May. 6th, 2010

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Blogging to you today from my lounge chair on my fabulous new patio. G is on a play mat at my feet yanking happily on the laptop cord and the sprinkler is misting me as a gentle breeze blows through. Anna is looking suspiciously through the dog door at the sprinkler and there's butterflies fluttering all around me. This my friends is the life. It simply doesn't get any better than this.

As I finally have the virus cleared up (I think, knock on wood and all) it's high time I posted pictures of the final result. I'm not going to post a before. I'm sure you can all imagine what it looked like. Flat, rectangular yard, filled with weeds, a greying wood fence and a plain, too-small concrete patio. Except for the occasional wildflower there was nothing inspiring about it, and the weeds this year managed to choke out most of the wildflowers that we had last year.

I'm still not quite finished the work. There's more patio furniture to be refinished (4 chairs for the dining set, the big table a side table/foot stool thing and 2 arm chairs) and arranged but most of the planting is done and it's certainly close enough that you'll get the idea.


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more pics under the cut )
In a few weeks we'll host a "yard warming" party. I figured I should give the lawn a little while to get established first, not to mention giving me time to get the tables and chairs ready. I'll probably post pics of the party and you can see "action shots" of the yard then.

To all my friends in Edmonton who are buried under a late spring blizzard, you have my deepest sympathy and all I can say is I'm eternally grateful that I am not there to share this moment with you.

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