With the picture perfect weather we’ve had this past week, I’ve been super busy working in the yard. I also took a three day photography class and a pastel class (more on that in another post) so I barely had enough time to take pictures and put this post together, but I’m anxious to show you the progress with the steps and driveway.
Yes, I said steps!!
The contractor found the time to not only do the driveway but the much needed (as you can see!) stone steps. He also came back the next day to put down some gravel I had requested at the last minute, and I think you’ll agree that was a good move on my part.
We have two entrances in the front of our house. This one is on the right side and is the one we use the most as it’s nearest to where we park our car.
Now can you understand why I’ve been dying to have these done? Davy Crocket called. He wants his steps back.
Pretty sad, huh?
Now before you read any further scroll down and take a look at the ‘after’.
I’m pretty sure your eye went directly to that light piece of wood, right? Let me ‘splain.
When the steps were being completed, I was at the above mentioned class so I had no input into placement. When I got home I was a little disappointed with the way they look because there’s too much space on the top. I also felt they should have been pushed back more so there wouldn’t be so much open space on the side. When the contractor came back the next day I mentioned it to him but unfortunately that bottom step is about 1000 lbs so it would have been difficult (i.e. expensive) to redo it, so he just put this piece of wood there in the meantime.
We were going to paint it but what we’ve decided to do is get some boards that are wider than what you see here and run them all across the front of the house. I’ll also plant a shrub or hosta on the side of the steps to fill in the gap. All in all, it’s not perfect, but it’s a HUGE improvement and overall I’m pleased. We need to do some reseeding also. No biggie.
These are the steps on the left side of the house. They weren’t even attached! Just a mess and I can’t believe I’m even showing them to you! lol Oh, and pay no attention to the dirty porch. Lots of pollen this year and tons of dust was created when they cut the stones, but nothing a broom can’t fix.
The walkway leading to the steps needed some sprucing up, so I had some gravel installed the next day.
I also felt this next area could use some help…
Now take note of the slope just behind the table and to the left of the lamp post and arbor.
This is what it used to look like not too long ago.
Here’s a shot I took a few days ago (before the gravel was installed) from the opposite side. We’re making progress, slowly but surely. I’m planting some hydrangea on the slope and they should do well since that spot gets some morning sun but is somewhat shaded in the afternoons.
And here’s just a couple of shots from the street of the driveway(s).
And just in case you think I rarely give Fisherman a break (guilty as charged), here he is before indulging in some toasted marshmallows and cocktails.
In other news…
We’re off to see Earth, Wind & Fire tonight at Tanglewood. On the menu, figs with goat cheese and honey; mozzarella with tomatoes, basil and balsamic; deviled eggs; lobster rolls; edamame salad; cranberry and apple coleslaw; spicy corn relish; chocolate cookies and of course, prosecco with a splash of pomegranate. I’m thinking I should take some pics of the figs because the recipe is soooooo easy and good I think you might like it. I’ll try. It’s always a fav when I bring them to gatherings.
I also want to share with you what I learned this week at the photography class so stay tuned for that.
I’ve picked up lots of perennials lately. Lupines, Delphinium, Roses and Phlox (among others) for this spot in our front yard. I’m trying to create a cottage garden with lots of color in this space because there’s so much green and brown we really need it.
Now I have to go to make sure Fisherman is digging holes for those roses ;).