All the snow is finally gone so it was time to do some spring cleaning outside, with a little bit of landscaping mixed in here and there.
I spent the weekend working on building some rock retaining walls and a pathway up to the chicken coop. After transplanting a huge fern that was right in the middle of my pathway (which I broke another shovel on – I think we are now up to three broken shovels), I had Tony use the excavator to move a small boulder. The rest of my time was spent picking up the debris, doing some basic clean up and maintaining my small burn pile.
|The start of the pathway up to the chicken coop - |
before the fern and boulder were moved - still a work in process.
|We are going to be putting in a foot bridge to go over the drainage ditch.|
Tony cut down the pathway a bit so it's not such a steap incline.
|I just had to put in a few waterfalls in at the end of|
one drainage ditch before it enters the other
drainage ditch. I love the sound it makes!
Tony spent the weekend putting the track back on the excavator that fell off shortly after he moved my small boulder. Then he was moving a large pile of stumps further away from the house so they can be burned later, broke a hydraulic hose in the process. So off to Napa we went to get the hose fixed with a quick side trip to Home Depot to pick up a few more supplies for our next big projects.
After our not so quick trip to town, it was time to get back to work. So while I was working on my small burn pile Tony was working on his huge burn pile. He then decided that a few trees needed to go to let more light into the garden area... so away went a stand of Vine Maple.
|Tony just starting his burn pile. He is standing next to a ginormous stump -|
I don't think that thing will ever burn. Not sure what we are going to do with
it - it's too big for any of the excavators to move.
|the end of our work weekend...|
The whole area looks much better. The garden area now looks like an extension of the backyard instead of a random little clearing. It has really opened things up. The backyard is really starting to look like a backyard. I love it!