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19 October 2014 @ 06:36 pm
Almost nearly completely 100% done  
I undertook a small backyard project, to replace some uneven, sunken bricks with level pavers. Also, since getting my rear deck added on, I lacked a path from the back steps to the downstairs back door, and the grass there has been wearing away so it was decided to extend the paving out from under the steps and give me a level path. This project has spanned three weekends so far; I had expected it to take a couple of hours at the most. But what with removing the old sunken bricks, and digging, and levelling, and the laying of the pavers (thanks to my brother in law and son for the laying, while my sister and DIL helped with the rest) and finally the planting of the landscape plants, and spreading the crushed rock... well worth it though.

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I am really pleased with the way it turned out! Still need to sweep more sand into the paver cracks - have already filled them with a sand and cement mix - and then it will be finished.
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Trepkostrepkos on October 19th, 2014 08:39 am (UTC)
Very satisfying!
miwahnimiwahni on October 20th, 2014 11:47 am (UTC)
Oh indeed. It's good exercise, with a result!
a honeyed wine at night: leafy drinkmoonlightmead on October 19th, 2014 10:54 am (UTC)
Oooh. Lovely. Lucky you have your sister nearby to help, eh? :) I can see how the levelling might have taken time, but the preparation must have been worth it, because now it looks all beautifully flat.
miwahnimiwahni on October 20th, 2014 11:49 am (UTC)
Having my sister (and her husband!) three doors up is utterly brilliant. The fact that they have a trailer is just icing on the cake. *g*
sunray45: Sunflowersunray45 on October 19th, 2014 01:30 pm (UTC)
Oh very nice! Doesn't it make a difference when you do a bit of landscaping and paving. You all should be very proud of the way it has turned out.
miwahnimiwahni on October 20th, 2014 11:50 am (UTC)
Very proud indeed - especially when really-fussy-neighbour popped over to give the work his seal of approval. If he approves of something then you know it's well done. *g*
nerthusnerthus on October 19th, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
Lovely job! Makes me embarrassed about my own yard; the back yard is horrifying, it's a wasteland of patchy grass and goat head sticker patches and uneven ground interrupted by the huge craters my newest dog Max has dug along the sides of the fences where the earth is relatively soft compared to the rest of the yard, sigh. It would cost me a fortune to ever landscape it properly; right below the thin soil crust is a ton of hard caliche rock and you can't plant trees or anything substantial because the roots just can't get through all the hard rocks. It's one of my great peeves that I don't have a lovely, serene back yard to enjoy. I'm envious of those who do!

Edited at 2014-10-19 03:29 pm (UTC)
miwahnimiwahni on October 20th, 2014 11:52 am (UTC)
Don't worry, your yard doesn't sound too much different to the rest of mine - more weed than grass at the moment as it's been so dry, and the weeds flourish when the grass dries out and dies off. And with an El Nino predicted for this summer I can't see it getting any better without copious applications of water, which gets really expensive. About the only difference is that I don't have a dog (yet!) so there are no big dog holes.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on October 19th, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)

It looks lovely. It's always great in a garden when you can make practical necessity look so ornamental and as you have summer coming on I'm sure you'll get a lot of use out of it too.
miwahnimiwahni on October 20th, 2014 11:53 am (UTC)
I know, right? This is the area I always thought of as the "utility" area, where I washed out cat litter trays and kept my car washing equipment. It's now all carefully stored in the laundry, so as not to sully the new area with anything so pedestrian as a bucket and sponge.
Merlin Pendragon: Avatar hivernalmrlnpndrgn on October 19th, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
It looks great!
Congratulations on a job well done!

My own next big project is getting the yard landscaped properly. No idea when I'll be able to afford it though :-(

miwahnimiwahni on October 20th, 2014 11:54 am (UTC)
Thank you, I am rather pleased with it.
The rest of my yard could do with being landscaped, you're not alone there. I'm sorry you had to put your plans on hold - still, think of the solarium!
Merlin Pendragon: Magnolia - moimrlnpndrgn on October 20th, 2014 12:57 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you had to put your plans on hold - still, think of the solarium!

I am! I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy the solarium much more than maintaining the yard.

If it were me, I'd have a wild forest in the backyard, and a wild flowers fields in front.

I am not a "gardening" person :-/
mrua7mrua7 on October 20th, 2014 12:32 am (UTC)
wow not that's a project that really came out nice. Great job to all!
miwahnimiwahni on October 20th, 2014 11:55 am (UTC)
Thank you, we are rather pleased! My BIL especially, as he hasn't really done much since an operation on his spine twelve months ago. But he really enjoyed doing this, and got a lot of satisfaction out of it too.
entropy_houseentropy_house on October 20th, 2014 04:09 am (UTC)
Beautiful job! It really looks great. :^)
miwahnimiwahni on October 20th, 2014 11:56 am (UTC)
Thank you - it looks 150% better than it did, that's for sure! But without the help I got from family it would never have been done so well.