Sunday, July 27, 2014

Working In The Garden Again ..

Hello my dear friends,

the time has come again for me to head back into our backyard and hopefully complete my project that I started last year ~ our river bed. When I tell you it is back breaking work, I actually mean those words. Moving river rock and digging up soil that has been compressed from the weight of the rocks, rain and snow for years and that is covered in weeds and embedded with large roots from our lovely willow tree is quite intense at times but the end result is so rewarding.

In the past week I have managed to clear out 17 large garden waste bags of branches, twigs, weeds and plants that hadn't made it threw the past harsh Winter so it has been a good start so far for me.

This year I decided to create a new 'path' from our bridge around the willow tree using some of the river rock ...

... and I really like the look of it.

I have also worked on the river bed itself and so far I have managed to complete over double the amount (22 feet) I wanted to do in 2 days.

 Am I paying for it? ... Yes, I am but it's not to the point where I can't move because I am in pain, so that's really good.

I am getting closer to hitting my final 4 yards of river bed and so happy about it because this was one huge project, which I started last year and has been on my to-do list that I can place a 'tick' behind hopefully soon. I can't wait to share photos when I am done!

Today I am leaving you my dear friends, with a few photos that I took a few days ago after working outside all day ...

... and then watching the sun slowly set through the branches of our willow tree and ...

...  capturing the beauty of the lilies that are growing not only in the back yard this year ...

... but also in the front yard too ~ I hope you enjoyed them.
Thank you for visiting me again here at Todolwen and I hope you do come back some time again.
I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.
Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. That looks like quite an amazing project! I can't imagine doing that kind of work anymore. Pain city, LOL! Hope your muscles haven't seized up on you! Love the delicate yellow daylilies.

  2. Love the new river rock path and bridge. I spent the last 5 days weeding, transplanting and redesigning some of my flower beds. Moved rocks and hauled some rock which at 65 is not so easy any more. Two things helped 1 - I only worked half day (temperatures high 80s and low 90s and 2 - I took Aleve before I even started. Also made sure I drank plenty of water. I will be thinking of you as I finish up my gardening this week. Can't wait to see your finished project.

  3. What beauty you have created with hard work.

  4. It will be so worth it in the end, I can just imagine how gorgeous it'll all look.

  5. Lots of work but it does look nice...

  6. Ahhh... what a pretty garden and those flowers are so beautiful!
    And what a hard man's work you are doing with the river bed.
    I hope you will show us some pictures, when it is ready and the water is in.

    Hugs Ines♥

  7. What a lot of work you've done.. my back aches just thinking about it!!! I applaud you for taking on this massive task and working to completion. The little bridge and the rock paths looks so romantic...a job well done.