07 July 2010

What we did for our holiday

Have you ever said I need to go back to work just so I can rest? That's the way it was around here! From Friday through Tuesday we were busy at work with the garden house. Come see the progress we have made!

We did part of the rock wall, brought the old patio set up so when we took a break we could sit down. We dug out over a foot and a half of dirt on the left side, and then placed it on the right side to bring it level.

The sun is already creeping up in the sky for another hot day although I must say we had beautiful weather over the weekend waking up in the morning to a 60 degree (15C) temperature.

Blackie checking out the new pad.

The sand being put down and leveled out.

We have had these bricks and rocks for ages. Always thought that when we moved we would make pathways with them. For now they will make a patio and rock wall!

We had all different colors so we mixed it up a bit.

We propped the windows up to see what it will look like.

I have a little path to the side here which we will either use pebbles or boards.

Hubby will be adding the step to the front soon. Being in maintenance he is always measuring things to code. This is the finished left side....(looking from the front)

And here is the right side

I never dreamed that I would have all of this! I was just expecting dirt although I did know that I wanted the rock wall so it would keep dirt from washing down. I wanted that European cottage look! Next will come the windows, French doors, closing up the top along the eaves, and adding the vents. It was a very busy five days, but we did stop to go over to the neighbors for a 4th cookout. Thank goodness for that as I didn't feel like cooking!! Now I better get busy with other outside chores as it is suppose to get extremely hot again!


Anke said...

Ulrike, I love what you guys have done! It looks beautiful already and you have worked so hard. I can't wait to see it when it's all done, it'll be gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Oh, it is all so great! What potential you have...like a blank-slate!! Have fun...I know I would!
Have a Great Day!

Rosine said...

Hello Ulrike,This looks after work. However, it looks also great. I would send my painted picture to you even really if America was not so expensive so far away and airmail. You may copy to you the picture, however, with pleasure with a legal click with your mouse / curser and print out with yourself at home. In a frame with glass one does not see at all that it is copied. Lots of love for you and I watch over and over again with pleasure, with which what you do! Rosine

Roses and Lilacs said...

It looks fantastic! You guys did a great job on the wall and with the bricks.

Southern Lady said...

You have really made some progress. I love the brick patio that you created. I can't wait to see the finished product. That will be a space that you will want to show off. Glad you had a nice fourth. Carla

Julie Marie said...

Hi Ulrike... oooh it is looking great! I'll bet you are sooo excited! I love your bricks... and we had a kitty named Blackie too, who is in kitty Heaven now... don't work too hard! xoxo Julie Marie

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! You are one lucky girl for sure.... :)
By the way....The *Yard Man* is still off on his ship somewhere....he can dock at any time now! LOL!!


Mary said...

It's looking really great Ulrike - you have worked so hard in the heat tomget so much accomplished. Know you are going to love that new 'castle'.

So hot even up here in Canada - in Quebec City now - high 90's again today - not good sightseeing weather!

Doris Sturm said...

Looks like you'll have your studio finished in no time, Ulrike. The project is coming along nicely. I love the patio.

Have a great week!

PoetessWug said...

Looks like I'm not the only one taking advantage of the heat! Nice job! Now that I found your blog, I'll have to keep an eye out for the finished product! :-))

Linda said...

It will probably be in a magazine before long. I love that rock wall-we've done tons of those and it's hard.

Karin said...

I've enjoyed my first visit to your lovely blog. That sure is a labor-intensive project, not to mention the heat! It's beautiful!
I was born in Munich and have lived in Michigan for almost 30 years now.

hollyhock garden antiques said...

wow is that ever cool ! i love new projects the brick are pritty love the rock wow .hollyhocks and outhouses go together lol

Expat Traveler said...

The work looks absolutely amazing!!!! What a great job and taking pics of the progress along the way.

comfrey cottages said...

love the european cottage look hon. it looks wonderful and well worth the work:) sorry to be awol lately! so tight on time with all the grands to watch this summer. some days i have 7! yikes! kind of looking forward to fall when i can keep up on the puter more! lol miss you and sending love

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