I’m full of big ideas for the yard right now.
We are in the process of building a fence to contain the chickens a bit more (coming into the house was the last straw – I may feel like I live in a barn some days, but the line has to be drawn somewhere!) Once that is done, and once we find the money to do it, we want to finally tear up the nasty, broken concrete outside the kitchen and put down pea gravel to make the courtyard we have always wanted out there. I found this photo on a blog, and it is just the inspiration I was looking for. The pea gravel is pretty cheap, all things considered, but to cover the whole area we are looking at lat least $500. Sooooo worth the money, because it will make that area so much nicer and more functional . . . but if you don’t have it you don’t have it, right? Anyway, it is on the list of someday projects. Hopefully, someday won’t take too long to get here.
Another thing on the project list is a new outdoor table – one big enough for us to have friends over for dinner outside. Raymond is going to build us one similar to this one, using reclaimed wood. The original is from Restoration Hardware and costs $2600!!! We found some great plans on Knock Off Wood that I think he can modify to make the table, mostly using wood we already have. Can’t beat that! I’m thinking a long bench on one side and a few mix-matched chairs for the other sides. Don’t you think it will look fabulous with the pea gravel?
When we moved into the house almost 3 years ago, we knew it was going to take a long time to fix the yard up the way we wanted. I had hoped to have it ready for a party for my 40th birthday. At the time, 3 years seemed like plenty of time to get the yard in shape. Ha! Little did we know what was in store for us! My 40th birthday has now passed. No fancy yard and no party. No big deal. I can wait a little longer if I have to . . .