We will surely win the Worst Neighbor Award this year. These dump trucks started rolling in about 8:30. It’s almost 10:30 and two more just came by. I think those last two were numbers 8 and 9.
This morning, the crew put fill dirt around Vince’s shop to make the slope more gentle, then they put topsoil on top of that. Tomorrow Vince will throw out the grass seed, cover it with straw and water it. We’re supposed to have rain on Monday so Vince is going to try to get the grass seed and straw out before it rains.
I’ll do a separate post about Vince’s shop because it’s where most of the work took place today.
This is the area to the south of the driveway, right where we walk out the garage, that we’re making a little sitting area. I was thinking we could put a little round table and two or three chairs there. We’ll see what we find as far as furniture – probably in the spring. It will be a nice place to sit and sip lemonade while working in the front yard, or sit there and knit while Addie’s riding her bike on our little road. When she wants to do things in the driveway – hoverboard, sidewalk chalk, ride her bike . . I never have a place to sit to watch her. We have two folding lawn chairs but lately, they’ve been in Vince’s shop.
They’re going to use the same kind of landscape bricks that we have on the rest of the house and build like a little retaining wall, then fill it with dirty. I think all the dirt he’s going to need is already there. We’ll plant flowers and mulch it all and .. that should be all that area needs.
This poor pumpkin is right in the way. We gently moved the vine back as best we could but I’ll be surprised if it survives. It’s in the worst possible place and we have to do what we have to do while the workers are here.
We’ve probably had 20 dump drugs, 4 concrete trucks, no telling how many pickup trucks coming through the yard so there were ruts. The guys spread some dirt to fill in those ruts. Vince will probably throw out more grass seeds there.
This is the area where the new stairs were built. The guys are going to add another layer of landscape bricks to cover the edge of the concrete. The stairs still get hand rails. I thought they were going to turn but . . they don’t. We’ll put the grill between the a/c and the stairs against the house but wheel it around away from the house to use it, then put it back when it cools down.
I’m not real sure what the plan is for that white drain pipe sticking out. If there isn’t a plan, we’ll come up with one. We’ll put an extension on it and probably plant shrubs or something so it doesn’t show.
There are two elderberry bushes/trees growing just to the right of this area and we have plenty more elderberries. I could plant a couple there on the ground and they would grown tall and I could stand on that concrete area and pick them without having to reach way up. That might be nice. We’ll come up with something.
The construction guys still have to build the pergola, stain the deck, build the hand rails for the short stairs, finish the sitting area in the front by the pumpkin and I think they’ll be done. I’m ready to be done and I know our neighbors are ready for the noise to stop.
Laura Haynes says
Even though there’s noise, trucks, and activity, remember that everything you are doing not only blesses your use of the yard, but improves your ability to practice hospitality with those neighbors, and improves the values of the properties all around you. I bet the neighborly visits will multiply:)
When we had a dumpster at the street and dirt deliveries on our driveway, we met over 20 intrigued neighbors over a three week period. (We had the pool bottom jackhammered, filled in, walkways poured and sod installed. Much better!)
Nelle Coursey says
If you have a Big Lots close to you, they have those wrought iron small tables and chairs and they are around $100. I bought a set about 3 or 4 years ago and I love mine. Had them in the back by a tree and then moved them to the patio when my glass top table bit the dust after a hail storm. They last forever and look really cute. They are white.
Thanks. We do have Big Lots so we can check there.
I hope the little neighbor boy got to watch those trucks- it would be so exciting!
How do you propagate elderberries?
We bought the ones here but it’s very easy to whack off a cutting and root it. You almost can’t kill an elderberry. (You know what will happen now that I’ve said that!)
You could have a neighborhood party after they are all done working Judy. The neighbors will probably love it and forget about the noise.