"I'm not really a career person.I'm a gardener,basically.".....George Harrison

Sunday, April 20, 2008

My Own Bobby Flay!

Nope-didn't work on the Great Wall of Lutz,today(It's on hold 'til we get back from Sanibel).

But Bobby Flay,AKA Jon,AKA Grill Boy, put the new gas grill to work,today.Cooking up some fine ribs.

Geez---he hates to have his picture taken.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Still Haulin' Ass

The Great Wall has been expanded by 4 more rows.We're getting there! w00t!!!

As you can see,we've started piling up the dirt.Started around the plumeria.You might notice,the infamous Rhode Island rock has been included in the landscaping plan.This is the rock Dad got when we we're living in Newport(back in 1971/72),and chiseled Michael's name and the year into it.He and Mom brought it down with them,and I brought it over here when we moved Dad out of the house in St.Pete.
The new steps going down to the back of the yard.Pardon the temporary steps.They will be replaced with something more permanent at a later(much later!)date.
While digging old plants up,this is what I found.A piece/chunk of green glass.A few years back I found a chunk of purple glass about the same size.We don't know if it's/they're from the old days when there were moon-shiners out here,or what.We do know they have found an old still at the top of the hill.Who knows?...................

Sooooo,this is what we accomplished today.We will be taking a break from this for awhile.'Til we get back from vacation.

Here we go.................

We've decided to keep a running journal of our major landscaping project.

Those of you who have been to our house,will remember the falling-down-uneven wall around the pool.We have decided to move that wall out about 6 feet and extend the patio.Eventually,it will extend up to the backdoor(by the laundry room),where we hope to creat a semi outdoor kitchen.The gas grill,the smoker,and the soon-to-be-bought new charcoal grill will go there.We have already built a work table out of the big cypress beam that was from the old front entry-way.

This is what we accomplished the first day.
Notice the pink plumeria in it's pot.Eventually,the patio will be built around it.
And this is where we are now. You'll notice that all the plants have been relocated to other places in the yard,or are awaiting replanting around the wall.That was not a fun job.
We are approaching the point where we will have to have a load of fill dirt brought in.Hauling THAT will be the hard part!It's going to make what we have done,so far,seem like play time.And.of course we're going to need more retaining wall block.Thank Heaven we have a pick-up truck.

To be continued.............................


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