It's 60 degrees right now and windy and by looking out my front room windows, that face West, we are going to get some rain, very soon. Yesterday, I worked in the yard from 10:00am to 4:00pm, cutting grass, digging weeds, planting flowers, cutting back dead plants and removing the old wood, hay bales and junk that had gotten "placed" behind the barn.
I say placed because we all know that when we put said items back there it was "out of sight and out of mind".
I announced myself and stomped around before I started pulling things out of the weeds. I didn't want to surprise anybody or thing. I did disturb two little green snakes. We parted company very quickly.
The landscaping company is going to build a "basketball court and art patio" behind the barn.
It will have multiple uses and basically is a cement slab but I know I plan on using with the art group when we need to do outside painting or project. The grandchildren and my DIL see it as their personal basketball half court play area.
I think the rule still holds, first person to get their toys established wins and all I can say is basketball people, watch out for the pots of flowers.
They are starting work on the landscaping tomorrow. This is a big project for us and one that we have put off for ten years. I had a request from a grandpa, at the Memorial Day party, if he could bring over his grandson to watch the big trucks.
Tomorrow, the digging out of major large volunteer and not native to Wisconsin bushes begins.
The front yard is going to look less wild and a little bare for a season. Not to worry, I have plans for it.
Next week the big equiptment will arrive to do the digging out of the foundation for the "court" and the reshaping of the pond.
Our "pond" as we lovingly call it looks like something from outer space hit the surface of the earth. It's a rather round deep impression, in the ground. When they put in the pool they dug it a little deeper, in the center to use the soil around the foundation of the pool.
Taylor, the gentleman handling the landscaping project just shook his head when he saw my little hose going out to the pond. He told me that he thought we could do better than that.
He'll be putting in a liner, reshaping the pond so that it has a more natural look and adding a bog type area for runoff of water.
Unfortunately, there isn't a natural spring under this pond so it will require us to top it off with water from the hose but we are also going to put in a drainage system for the water that comes off the barn roof.
I was going to go with rain barrels but I like his plan better.
Tomorrow, they tell us the temperature will soar up to 88 degrees. Yup, summer in Wisconsin.
:)Bea Who is creating with natural things, right now.