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Operating as usual

05/21/2021

We had to push back the backyard project by a few months, but that hasn't stopped George from putting his mighty tractor and through its paces. Not to mention his chainsaw. I couldn't believe how many trees he has already removed.

03/20/2021

George and his mighty tractor have made a great start at clearing the back yard. Over the past couple of weeks, he cleared enough that we were able to walk around the yard this afternoon deciding what could stay and what needs to go. One of my top priorities is to save as much of the "thriving" vintage wisteria vine as we can to use on the arbor we plan to build. I have to give George props for being a quick study in HOW TO RECOGNIZE A WISTERIA VINE. It's not as easy as you'd think, especially when the vines are mixed in with all the other bramble, but George is definitely up to the task now. We plan to do as much of the clearing as we can ourselves, on weekends and some evenings after work, in between normal maintenance jobs and other projects, so it may be slow going at first. BUT we'll both enjoy seeing the old, overgrown back yard finally transform into a beautiful backyard living space no matter how long it will take. And it doesn’t hurt that we both enjoy working in the yard! BONUS!

03/03/2021
We have a few months yet, but that doesn't stop us from discussing what we want to do with the back yard.  First let me ...
12/21/2020

We have a few months yet, but that doesn't stop us from discussing what we want to do with the back yard. First let me say, pavilions are EX-PEN-SIVE, but we want something measuring close to 20x10. I found this on line yesterday. Everything about it appeals to us - the architectural interest, the metal structure (i.e., no painting), lighting hooks in the cupolas, how the black color ties into the accent color used on the house (and the black fence yet to be installed), and the 12x12 size. So what's a Noll to do? First, pour a ~24x16 pad. Then, buy two, permanently connect them and have a 24x12 pavilion, complete with dining area on one end and lounge area complete with dropdown outdoor movie screen/project (Christmas gift) and some sort of fire element (fireplace maybe?) on the other end. Yeah, I think that would do nicely....for starters.

Look out back yard!  Here comes George with his new toy!  (Hey, maybe he'll show me how to operate that thing?)
09/11/2020

Look out back yard! Here comes George with his new toy! (Hey, maybe he'll show me how to operate that thing?)

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08/23/2020

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I would have taken a "Before" photo so you could see how overgrown the backyard had gotten since the last clearing, but ...
08/23/2020

I would have taken a "Before" photo so you could see how overgrown the backyard had gotten since the last clearing, but didn't have time. It was taken care of within a day of talking to the yard guy about doing the work...but I'm not going to complain. Now that the backyard has been "bush hogged", we can get a better idea of how we want to start laying out different areas when we begin actual design work in the spring. Plus, it'll be fun to "poke at stick" at it ourselves during the fall/winter. For me, yard work is a great source of exercise AND a satisfying stress reliever after a hard day at work. After the outside of the house and the surrounding landscaping is done in early October, all I'll need to do to work off some steam is grab my little red wagon full of gardening tools, add a rake or two and head out to the backyard. At almost an acre, I don't think I'll be bored anytime soon.

We don't plan on starting on the backyard until after after the exterior of the house is finished and the main property ...
06/28/2020

We don't plan on starting on the backyard until after after the exterior of the house is finished and the main property is landscaped. Since it won't be this year, George helped one of our tenants put out a vegetable garden by tilling the ground and making a protective fence. At least the property is being put to good use now instead of just sitting there.

An arbor or some sort of small colonnade must be added to the backyard design.  While walking the dogs just now, I notic...
04/22/2020

An arbor or some sort of small colonnade must be added to the backyard design. While walking the dogs just now, I noticed a beautiful arbor at a neighbor's house, just dripping with the same wisteria. Yes, we definitely need to save as many of the vines as we can while getting rid of the dead, unsightly trees.

Even though we still have a lot of work to do on the outside of the main property, including final landscaping once the ...
04/19/2020

Even though we still have a lot of work to do on the outside of the main property, including final landscaping once the exterior of the house is finished, talking walks through the back yard, seeing all the beautiful, old wisteria still thriving amongst all the bramble, causes my mind to race with ideas of how we can bring the back yard back to something of beauty. Maybe not to the level that the Slacks once had it, supposedly with a pond and tennis court, but something to be proud of nonetheless. I'm just glad we only have the size of yard we have now. When the Slacks were here, the property stretched back to Virginia Avenue - two city blocks worth of landscaping to be maintained! Of course, I'm sure they had a gardener.

02/27/2020
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Plus, maybe I'll score a few more rides in the wagon.

“Sunday in the Park With George” (not to be confused with the musical) I’ve been wanting to build a small edge around one of the mulch beds using some of the vintage flagstone we salvaged from the old mosaic driveway. The plan was to take the mower and wagon down to the back of the property to retrieve a few pieces from what we affectionally refer to as the FLAGSTONE BONEYARD. Yeah, I could have walked down while George rode the mower, but where is the fun in that? It’d been years since I rode in wagon being pulled by anything so, I have to admit, I felt like a kid again. And the fun continued as we made up new lyrics to the old song “Rhinestone Cowboy”, but using the words “Flagstone Boneyard.” Man, I hope no one could hear us.

I hope this is the year we can get started on the overgrown backyard.  I know, landscaping up on the main property is a ...
02/27/2020

I hope this is the year we can get started on the overgrown backyard. I know, landscaping up on the main property is a higher priority (but not as high as all my daughter's wedding festivities), but I can't wait to get my hands on this. Turning something unsightly into something beautiful is one of my most favorite things in the world to do.

Even though we still have work to finish up at the house, we still like to "poke a stick" at the backyard every now and then. It's nice to daydream about what we'll do out there eventually. George spent a few days this week mowing out a driving path through the property from the far corner up on Maple Street, back to where the rear gate will be off the alley. Also, we had a surveyor mark the property lines last year so we're staking property off to help give us an idea of the space involved. We had the yard totally cleared a few years ago and it looked twice as big when all the brush is cut away. #everylittlebithelps

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02/27/2020

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11/10/2019

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Me to George earlier this week during the storm, “I think lightening just hit a tree in the backyard.”      Me today, “Y...
08/04/2019

Me to George earlier this week during the storm, “I think lightening just hit a tree in the backyard.” Me today, “Yep, I was right.”

Even though we still have work to finish up at the house, we still like to "poke a stick" at the backyard every now and ...
05/05/2019

Even though we still have work to finish up at the house, we still like to "poke a stick" at the backyard every now and then. It's nice to daydream about what we'll do out there eventually. George spent a few days this week mowing out a driving path through the property from the far corner up on Maple Street, back to where the rear gate will be off the alley. Also, we had a surveyor mark the property lines last year so we're staking property off to help give us an idea of the space involved. We had the yard totally cleared a few years ago and it looked twice as big when all the brush is cut away. #everylittlebithelps

The dogs flushed nine deer out of the backyard this morning. which wouldn't normally be anything to post about except fo...
10/07/2017

The dogs flushed nine deer out of the backyard this morning. which wouldn't normally be anything to post about except for the fact that WE LIVE IN THE CITY. Oh well, it's become pretty routine for this time of year, but I think five was the largest mob we've had so far. Then there was that year Bambi's Dad leapt out of the backyard and landed right beside where I was working in the back driveway. I won't even mention the squirrel who came right up to me while I was out on the side porch earlier this morning. Guess they've figured out who leaves the corn. #bambiinthecity

The surveyor was out Tuesday night to mark-off the entire property. End result...our backyard's bigger than we thought!
08/03/2017

The surveyor was out Tuesday night to mark-off the entire property. End result...our backyard's bigger than we thought!

And it'd be a shame if we didn't include some kind of water feature in the space, especially down the sloping side.  Not...
06/01/2017

And it'd be a shame if we didn't include some kind of water feature in the space, especially down the sloping side. Not a pond, and not a raging waterfall. We're thinking a gentle running stream would be just the thing1

The fence we've picked out to go around the entire property.  It matches the antique gates we purchased years ago perfec...
06/01/2017

The fence we've picked out to go around the entire property. It matches the antique gates we purchased years ago perfectly!

I purchased the plans for this pergola when we first started work on the house over five years ago. Even though the back...
04/29/2017

I purchased the plans for this pergola when we first started work on the house over five years ago. Even though the backyard was years away, I could just imagine how incredible it would look. Whether or not it ends up being what we go with, this pergola design remains my #1 choice for the backyard structure. Five years of Google searches, Pinterest boards and touring other gardens and I still haven't changed my mind!

We took an early morning walk around the back property today, discussing what can be saved, what needs to go, how in the...
04/22/2017

We took an early morning walk around the back property today, discussing what can be saved, what needs to go, how in the world to save the gigantic, vintage wisteria enveloping either still live or already dead trees, where to put the pergola/pavilion/gazebo/structure, where my Potter's Shed will go, where to put the second set of flagstone steps, etc. Yeah, it's just a vision or dream at this point, but this is exactly the way we started with the house and look how that turned out. So, first on the new TO DO list, get a surveyor out here in the couple of weeks just so we're exactly sure how big of a area we have to "play" with. P.S. Looks like my kitchen renovation project will just have to wait until the fall. And that's perfectly fine with me. :) At Fairmount Estate

The dogs made some new friends yesterday on their adventure into the wilds of the backyard.
03/19/2017

The dogs made some new friends yesterday on their adventure into the wilds of the backyard.

I think we're leaning more towards a completely covered garden structure (handy in the event of rain), and then tie it t...
03/01/2017

I think we're leaning more towards a completely covered garden structure (handy in the event of rain), and then tie it to the house with the same color roof and fluted columns like on the front porch. And I love the tiered pad idea like in the picture. So many ideas...

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03/01/2017

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Fairmount Estate Backyard
03/01/2017

Fairmount Estate Backyard

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01/27/2017

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01/27/2017

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01/27/2017

nice

This is one of my favorite pins for a structure to be built on the property. The columns really tie-in to the front of t...
01/26/2017

This is one of my favorite pins for a structure to be built on the property. The columns really tie-in to the front of the Mansion. I can just imagine a couple getting married here or a group of girlfriends having a fun summer evening cocktail party. Now that the main house is almost finished, we're getting excited about the project and coming up with all kinds of interesting ideas. This summer should be fun.

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11/09/2016

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