the huntered housewife

our family life, our way

Yard, yard, yard

on September 24, 2015

Last time I wrote about our house progress, I was talking about our front yard.

Since then, we have survived the chills of winter and now that spring has sprung, we have started on the back yard.Of course, by “we” I mean that I have helped choose what to buy and that Ray has been busy building the garden and planting our purchases.

Like 28 lavender plants along the back fence line. Because nearly everyone else has a particular kind of hedge plant growing. Not us!

lavendar hedgelavendar up close




Like a lovely garden bed above the retaining wall he built earlier this year. Complete with lots of strawberry plants which are already starting to grow fruit.

our first strawberry ray's garden efforts





Like pots in what I call our grotto. It’s an alcove at the back of the house that is in direct line with the front entrance. The idea is that one puts a water feature or statue there as a statement to be seen as soon as you walk in the front door. Not us! Not a water feature anyway, I need to pee often enough now – could you just imagine if I had to listen to trickling water whenever I was at home? We have a small statue in our grotto, yes it’s a Buddha and yes we are Catholic. I’m pretty sure we won’t be struck down by lightning though, we haven’t yet with our Buddha collection inside our house, so I’m feeling pretty safe. We don’t worship Buddha, we just like the statues.

grotto with buddha

grotto from inside

In a nutshell, this is what our back yard is looking like now. That garden is on the very left of the full yard photo, in that corner near the fence. Our neighbours have a hedge growing on their side of the fence, which will give privacy as it grows, so that saved us from needing to do it.

garden sleeper with my planting view from back corner

This weekend will see another trip to Bunnings, an hour away, to buy more supplies. This time it will be for stuff to be used in the front yard as we are putting in another garden (where I will eventually have my scented roses!) and a rock /pebble driveway so Zac can park his car off the road. Then there is a little bit more turf to be bought and laid to (hopefully) complete the layout. We will then buy the plants for that garden.

Then there are the vegetable gardens to start on.

And a retaining wall on the eastern side of the house. I am so proud of Ray and his retaining walls. Let me tell you, it’s a bit scary when your quote to have them all built comes in around the $30k mark. Seriously, who pays that?! Ray is the son of a precision builder and he learned a lot from his Dad.

One day we will have a shed. We did buy a ride on mower though! Now Ray can mow the back yard in 30 minutes instead of 3 hours. Which is very handy given all the mowing that has to be done in summer when our days are stinking hot here.

We are also getting prices on a covered area off the back of the house. I laughed at our first quote. We told the company – let’s go for the dream and work backwards from there. We’d have to backstep a hell of a lot given that I could buy a top of the range Jeep (my I-can’t-justify-and-can’t-afford-to-spend-that-much-money-on-a-car dream) with that money (that we don’t have lol).

Anyway, that’s where we are up to.

More when there’s more!



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