Thursday, November 15, 2012

Life Lately






A glimpse into our backyard renovation*.


 For the past month at least, we've had diggers and machines littering our yard. Over days and weeks they've dug and destroyed only to rebuild a monolithic retaining wall out of concrete blocks. It's pretty ugly, I must confess.

Our budget was rather limiting given that we've chosen to stay true to our dreams and put aside a few dollars for livestock fencing and farm animals. We opted to scrimp on materials and went for concrete blocks over sandstone ones. I figure with a coat of textured paint and a passionfruit vine, no one will be able to tell the difference. maybe. 

We now have two level sections on our steeply sloping block including the perfect location for the trampoline- right under the enormous camellias'.

Soon enough we will hear the laughter of our children (and the odd squabble, lets be honest) rising from our back yard. It will be turfed, usable, snake free (hopefully) and FLAT!

Muchos Excitement.



*The kids have been endlessly entertained, peering through every window to get a glimpse of the action and making sure they know every workman by name. Oh and look at that toe peeping out of Pippi's tights- the sign of much loved hand me downs by much loved friends.






23 comments:

  1. Nawww, they know the workmen by name. That's cute :)

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  2. That little tutu is the cutest - and the toe peeping out just makes it all the cuter! That's some work you have going on - what a fantastic show for the kids!

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  3. my kids would be glued to the window too if they could watch a "digger" in action! enjoy planning your backyard farming dream x

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  4. Exciting times, Em! I can't wait for the day when we see beautiful farm animals traipsing around your block!

    And bless lil Pippi and her cute outfit - that little toe is so endearing.
    x

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  5. My kids would be in heaven with all those diggers! Can't wait to see it all finished! xo

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  6. Wow. How exciting, having a good, usable, beautiful backyard can never be overrated. (I can't wait til we start working on ours, although we won't be getting any farm animals).

    Pippi's toe is just too cute. Im x.

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  7. wow, thats a crazy retaining wall...it will be awesome with a passionfruit vine over it! we grew an epic one under our pergola it got so huge we could hardly stand up straight under there but we were getting no less than 1200 passionfruit a season(yes i counted everyday when i picked them up) for a few years. You won't even see that retaining wall!

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  8. Oh my! Spots, stripes and ruffles...she is all kinds of lovely! How awesome that it is all coming together. Landscaping makes such a huge difference. What a wonderful Christmas you will have this year. Wishing you the loveliest of Fridays.
    Steph :) x
    thisbrownwren.blogspot.com

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  9. navy and white stripes .... my favourite on little girl legs x

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  10. That little tutu is so cute. I can't wait to see it all finished and ready for livestock x

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  11. I love the little toe that is popping out! What an exciting renovation. I have learned to have a bittersweet relationship with renovations ;) We've had too many!

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  12. Oh my goodness! Congratulations!! That is such a huge change, though I'm sure it looks a bit scary right now ;)

    Can't wait to see the finished product!! x

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  13. Wowzers - that's some serious work you're doing there. Cute frilly bot too!

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  14. How very exciting! Just a note on the snakes, hubby does wildlife relocation, and his tip is to dissolve naphthalene flakes into water and then spray it around, snakes hate it, although it may keep away other reptiles such as lizards too, which is a downside, but it's great for snakes. Can be a bit tedious if it rains and you need to reapply but if there's lots around it's definitely worth it :)

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  15. Oh Em, how absolutely exciting for you guys. I can't wait to see it all come together and to see you guys live the dream you've always wanted.
    Ronnie xo

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  16. this is pretty cool. how nice to have some level! we have a trampoline from our suburban days, but it is in pieces under the house. i'm sure the kids are loving all the excitement, have fun! :)sarah

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  17. Been there! You'll love it once the wall's up and you can start getting everything happening.
    We had a very limited budget too but were determined to have railway sleepers instead of treated pine so it took many months before the wall could be erected. Many months of excavated clay which turned to mud! Ew I hated it! It's still not 100% finished but getting there. Oh the endless amount of money to be spent!

    Can't wait to see pics of the progress

    Rach x

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  18. Diggers! Lucy would be so impressed.
    Exciting stuff.

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  19. Hello! Lost of interesting things here! I discover your blog and i will come back!

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  20. Cutest photo - that tutu! That some serious work going on - hope it's complete in no time xx

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  21. The pearl white satchel has caught my eye ;) Fingers crossed, Michelle

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  22. Ah, how fabulous Em, it sounds like you've got a beautiful mental picture of what you want from your outdoor space... and it's a lovely sounding picture at that. We have also *just* about finished renovations on our kitchen and backyard... albeit it's a smaller outdoor space than yours. But the improvement is just incredible. It's now a fresh, clear, clean, useable area for all of us... right in time for Summer. But I must say reno's are terribly frustrating, take longer than anticipated and end up being more costly too. All worth it in the long run xoxo

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em