Thursday, April 21, 2016

Beautiful Weather

I don't know about the rest of you, but we have been enjoying some beautiful weather here lately. At the beginning of April we had cold temperatures and snow and gloominess, but halfway through it was like a switch went off and we have been thrown directly into summer! We've been enjoying sunshine and warm temps and lots of happy feelings. Nothing like spring when it finally does arrive.


One fun thing about moving to a new house in the fall/winter is that you have no idea what the outside will look like come spring. It's been really fun to watch things pop up in the assortment of run down garden beds and guess what the different plants are. I'm really not a flower person but I have deducted that I have daffodils and tulips coming up in random places.

The not so great thing about moving in the fall/winter, is that the previous owners decided they weren't going to rake any leaves. And we have a lot of leaves.


Our front yard is basically a fine mix of old leaves and moss. I have yet to really find any grass, which is kind of unfortunate. Moss is very delicate and Mia seems to be tearing it up quite nicely, but I'm not sure if grass will even grow in our nice shaded sandy front yard. Sigh.

While Dan was switching the car and truck tires over last weekend, I opted to spend some time outdoors with him and start raking. I chose a nice little patch in front of the house and set to work.



I worked and I worked and I worked for what felt like hours, but was probably only an hour in reality and barely made any progress. I cleared a 20'x20' patch and that was it. There are so many leaves!


See how proud I am of that little area of cleared lawn moss? It's because I worked my butt off for it.


I decided to call it quits after that and planned to get back at it over the next few days. But the wind hasn't been cooperating and I haven't been able to clear any more of our front yard. Maybe this weekend? Although it is calling for rain...

Our outside to do list is about a mile long so we haven't even actually written anything down on it. Maybe when we are feeling less overwhelmed by it, we'll put some pen to paper and show you what we plan to do. Or maybe break it down into years to make it more attainable? Hmm...

Anyone else been enjoying some outside time in the lovely weather we have been getting? Or has it not been so nice where you are?

9 comments:

  1. You look very proud with your rake and wheelbarrow! Could you rent a leaf blower to finish the job?
    we have also been enjoying summer weather and spending time at parks and blowing bubbles in the backyard. :)

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    1. Ohh a leaf blower! Now that's a good idea! Although a lot of the leaves are old and wet and kind of stuck to the ground. I'm pretty sure they haven't raked in a while...

      I'm glad you're getting to enjoy the summer weather too, soak it up while you can!

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  2. I had a very mossy lawn too. We built a raised bed with some railway ties and planted herbs. They took off, jumped the bed and started choking out the moss. I highly recommend thyme. It spreads like mad, you never have to mow it and smells so beautiful when you walk on it.

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    1. I forgot to add that there is a fantastic nursery between Peterborough and Lakefield. The people there are full of great advice. I live all the way up in the Ottawa Valley now, but I still make frequent stops at Griffins when I'm coming or going. (and they sell herbs)

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    2. Mmmm, thyme would smell quite heavenly. We have decided to live here a full year before attempting too many outdoorsy things, so that we get a feel for what we have and amounts of shade and such. But raised beds might be in order for next year!

      Griffins is definitely a fabulous greenhouse, we have been there a few times. :)

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  3. We have been taking advantage of the amazing weather as well!

    We hiked and walked a total of 17 km on the weekend, and then everyone at work did hours of yard work Monday and Tuesday. We did raking, tilling the horribly solid garden, and moving a billion wheelbarrows full of pea gravel.
    Im sporting a pretty great tan which was previously a pretty terrible sunburn....

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    1. That is a lot of hiking/walking! I'd be tuckered. And I can't believe you already have a tan (previously sunburn), I haven't been out enough for that.

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  4. It's getting to be nice here as well! (NJ/NY area) and we also moved into our house in fall/winter (December) so I LOVED seeing the perennials start popping up come spring!

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    1. Glad to know I'm not the only one who gets excited about unknown flowers popping up!

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