So in light of all this excitement, I decided this would be a great weekend to make our paver pathway in the back yard. This pathway has been a thorn in the flesh for me. I have prayed thrice that it would not be an ugly eyesore, but nothing happened - so I took matters into my own two unskilled hands. This leads from our back yard into the neighborhood behind us so we frequently walk on it. In the summer it's not so bad, but in the winter it enjoys turning muddy and treacherous. You all probably know how to lay paver pathways better than me, so I won't bore you with monotonous details on how I did it. In this informational age, youtube provides lots and lots of how-to videos which are done by people who actually do this and that sort of thing all of the time. One - no two - quick hints though. A 6" x 6" paver is not a real and/or literal 6". Also, make everything about 4" lower than you expect it will be, everything ended up a little taller than I wanted it. These aren't "Oh no, lets start over" kind of things, but they are the small things that make a lot of difference.
|Here is the beginning. I wanted to save the gravel to use as a base after I dug out the area.|
|Here be the supplies.|
|So I dug it out, then made the frame (will mismade the frame) and added the gravel. I used the board to make sure the gravel was semi flat. I then added sand and made sure that was really level.|
|Not is the easy part of laying in the pavers (304 triangular red ones and 108 of the grey) We teach math in school for a good reason!|
|The almost finished product. I still needed to fill in the edges. I am going to clean out all of the grass and then put in bark around the edges to hide the frame and give the area that finished look.|
So, what is the best way to celebrate a project being finished? Buy flowers of course! I went to a local nursery (Portland Ave), and bought two climbing yellow roses (walkin' on sunshine) and this pink dawn viburnum. It is very fragrant and will take up an area of our fragrance garden. I wanted it last year, but no one had it at the time.