When John and I moved down to our “retirement” property full-time a few months ago, we decided to make a few improvements even though winter was coming and we might not be able to enjoy them until spring. One thing high on John’s list was an awning for the back deck! One of the reasons we fell in love with our property was the unobstructed view. Yes, shade is nice, but our property in New Jersey was surrounded by trees and was so shady it always seemed dark. Plus, raking leaves is not something we want to spend our time doing. Our place here is the opposite, it’s BIG SKY country, but along with that comes a summer sun that is so bright you need sunglasses inside. Our awning will bring down the temperature in the back where we spend most of our time at least 10 degrees, plus I won’t have to spend my time squinting – always a good thing!
Here’s how it looks from the inside:
Nice and shady, huh?
So with that project done, we moved on to what I would say was my number one priority: finishing off the fence! John and I both agree Robert Frost had it right when he wrote, “Good fences make good neighbors.” After we were here all the time we began noticing that our neighbor’s dog was leaving us little gifts. Gifts you don’t want. And after spending more and more time cleaning up after a dog I don’t own, we knew it was time to complete the project!
This part of the fence may look a little strange, but we cut it down this way so our neighbor’s view of the water isn’t blocked. And it’s not the way we face when we’re looking at our view and sunset, so it doesn’t bother us too much.
And here’s our beautiful gate:
Ah, fences. They are also a very good thing.
The third project which we are all excited about (and by all I mean John and myself, and Chrissy and my cousin Irene) is the garden! Chrissy and Irene will have a spot for themselves and for our areas we’re going to put in raised beds and one waist-high bed for herbs. John built it for me in December! Yep, December.
We were so naive then, thinking what a mild and short winter we were going to have.
Then the ice came.
I thought this was bad:
Till we had this:
It’s mostly melted now, although the cove isn’t completely unfrozen. Soon though. Very soon. Spring in 8 days!
And that’s a wonderful thing!