My last post featured “before” photos of our stalled backyard landscape project. With too many things on my plate and not enough hours in the day, I had all but given up hope of ever completing the renovation. Then my friend Penny suggested gathering a couple of friends for a weekend work party. Excited by the prospect of finishing the job I had started months earlier, I accepted her generous offer and ordered materials.
Two weeks later me, Penny, and her friend Thomas spent a Saturday digging, shoveling, chopping, building, and hauling our way to my dream yard.
Like a butterfly unfolding from its cocoon, the space shook off the vestiges of its former look and emerged with a fresh, updated appearance. As we surveyed our job with pride at the end of that long day, I felt a deep sense of satisfaction and gratitude. It’s truly amazing the difference a day (and helpful friends) can make!
The thirsty grass is gone–replaced by a water conserving layer of pea gravel that’s much more dog friendly.
Our new planter boxes are brimming with summer squash and heirloom tomatoes that produce a bountiful harvest for our table. The garden will highlight seasonal veggies and herbs, and the ritual of tending it soothes my soul when I step outside.
The area where the trampoline once stood between our turkey fig and ornamental plum trees has become a cozy seating area around a small fire pit. Solar Japanese lanterns in different sizes and colors sway from the tree branches–their muted glow creating a magical ambiance after sunset. It’s a place where friends sit and sip their beverage of choice on weekend afternoons, sharing stories and a plate of local cheeses. It’s also a haven for evening star-gazing and toasting marshmallows over the fire pit with our kids.
But the true test of our yard’s new “coolness” came a few weeks ago when our seventeen year old daughter invited friends over for an end-of-summer Hawaiian themed party. Twenty-six teens danced, limboed, and made so-mores around the fire pit, laughing and having a ball. As I watched their revelry from a distance, I felt deeply happy.
Transformation is a part of life–the inevitable evolution from one stage to the next. In closing one chapter of our lives with this landscape facelift, we make space for a new phase to begin. I can hardly wait to see what it holds in store!