Tuesday, January 12, 2016


In the midst of a cold January morning, I love to look at this photo even if it is blurry!
green grass, wet concrete from a morning thunder shower, water in the pool...

but this photo also shows "before" 
the rock wall

I like the before...I love how the gravel meets the grass...it was perfect to me...but...

from the very beginning Mr. PV had the vision of a couple of rock walls
and as always...he doesn't mind doing what it takes to make that vision happen
you can see him digging in his swim trunks...
dig, splash, dig, beer, dig, float, dig
it works!

it wasn't easy....me bossing him around while he was digging the yards of footing by hand
planning (WAY) ahead for electricity and water and other things takes a sound mind

lots of cinder block to haul in by hand so as not to smash the grass

unfortunately this tree will need to go to make room for a fountain someday...
maybe even this summer
it's not a very nice tree anyway...but I never like to lose a tree!

the project began in the summer but lingered through January

actually it IS January and it is still lingering
we have had more snow this winter than I can remember in a long time 
with more expected this weekend

projects like these are awesome to watch
here you see the electricity for the lighting before it's covered with the capstone

the wires are for little copper lights and useful plugs in useful places for outdoor entertaining

I don't know his name and he doesn't speak much English which doesn't keep me from chatting with him and telling him how impressed I am with his incredible talent
he just looks at me and smiles

January...I never rake my leaves...God made them to fall....so I leave them be...
cold stone wall
but right around the corner...
this rock wall will have a few children balancing on it and 
pretending all kinds of things underneath that old shady tree

vision...it's a good thing!


Down On The Farm said...

Lovely!!!!! Can't wait to see the finished wall. It's going to look awesome! Blessings!

Artsy VaVa said...

I love it! I've been wanting a rock wall out by our pool. My husband can't envision it so now I can show him yours and maybe he'll finally agree!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Pretty.xoxo Su

Anonymous said...

everything beautiful is worth waiting for!!!!

White Lace and Promises said...

It is beautiful! I like stone/rock anything. I'd love a house of stone. Lovely and I know yu are proud that you did it yourself.

designchic said...

Wow...it looks amazing...can't wait to see it finished!! Happy Tuesday!

The Charm of Home said...

Oh your rock wall is wonderful!! What a beautiful addition to your yard!

Bonnie said...

WOW! I am so impressed! We are talking about a lot of sweat equity! Your wall looks great. I look forward to seeing it finished. I love your french terrace. Would love to see more pics of that area too. I have an area I would like to put gravel in but can't figure how to stop it if that makes sense.

Thanks for visiting me. You must plan a time to go to the Arboretum. I suggest when the tulips bloom. It will be awesome I'm sure.

Karena Albert said...

Gina I love rock walls and this is turning out beautifully!!

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StagerLinda said...

Fun to watch your wall going up.(I'm seeing a fountain and koi pond?) What an awesome place to entertain. Time to start scheduling those garden parties for the warm weather.

Minha vida de campo said...

Lindo jardim. As árvores em lugares pequenos fazem estrago. Enquanto faz frio e neva ai aqui temos sol o ano inteiro este ano não fez frio. Eu amo frio. Feliz 2016. Que este ano seja de muitas alegrias e felicidades.

Cindy Hattersley said...

This sounds like one of our projects...they seem to take a lifetime but the results are worth the wait! It is beautiful!

handmade by amalia said...

I love rock walls. Can't wait to see it finishes.