When we first bought the house we had big plans to attack the landscaping first thing. Back yard, the front and curb appeal. The works. We quickly realised we would be better off “getting to know” the property first. See how it changes with the seasons for a year before we started tearing in to it. Turns out that was a smart plan.
We never would’ve known those uninteresting trees and bushes in front of our house could do this.
At the back of the house there’s a similar flower explosion going on.
We don’t know yet how we’re going to handle that. While we adore the colours and blooms, the backyard isn’t currently working that well for our family and the way we want to utilise it.
Whoever planted this garden must have really loved it. We certainly do, and feel so grateful for having all this prettiness surrounding us every day.
We’ll bring in a landscape designer eventually to help us keep the feel of what has been created here, but make it work for our lifestyle. I wouldn’t have a clue what to do with any of it so we definitely need a professional.
We just bought a slippery slide and a cubby house that both need some room. And we’re about to purchase an outdoors dining set that also need some room. So for now it will be a wee bit crowded out there until we get some people out to help us get organised.
For now we’re still working on the inside. It’s been a very slow progress. Pretty much as soon as I had posted the Two Months recap I got two months of work from an old client who caught me on a day when the housewife/stay-at-home-mum thing felt very challenging and I needed to do something else. It was fun and felt good to do something “different” (it’s been three years since I did some honest work, gasp), but it took up every evening, all weekends and a bit during the day as well the few times bubba cooperated enough to allow me some computer time. Needless to say, there was not a minute left over for any house improvements.
So four months after we moved in we still have an unmade guest room that still houses our daughter. Our daughter’s actual room houses paint cans. A study full of moving boxes. A living room full of toys still yearning for that toy cabinet I wanted to build. Ya, I’ll save you photographic evidence, you get the drift.
The GOOD thing is, we have a house guest coming to stay in December and we simply must get the nursery done so daughter can move in so guest room can be done so bed can be bought so guest can move in, AND, a study to be emptied so study/craft area can be available for Christmas crafting and jibberings and wines etc etc etc. There’s quite a few things more to be done but I’ll spare you the details for now.
Let’s just say we have a very long list of things to fix/primp/purchase in the next nine weeks. So I’d expect to see you back here for some updates during the next few weeks.
There’s simply nothing like a tight deadline and full blown panic to get stuff done.