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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

This past summer, I discovered that the activity I dearly love is outdoor project work - the more difficult, the better. :) Some SP friends asked me to post pictures when they were mostly complete, so I'm following through. I admit it - my photography is abominable, but I promised.

First, the cleaned and renovated pond, "re-rocked" with a stone waterfall (not running in pic), and a retaining wall for what I planted - spring bulbs, iris, daylilies, black-eyed Susans, comfrey, Echinacea, etc.

Eight new gardens dug and planted, some also walled.

Kitchen garden for herbs, dinner veggies, and a few flowers:

Also, three cords of firewood cut and stacked, three acres of high tensile wire fenceline cleared and the wire pulled, and fields first-cut bush hogged.

All in all, a very productive few months...and I have "new" muscles! I'm so very grateful to be able to move, to walk, to carry, to bend, and to stand back up. :) Life is great! I'm determined to maintain the muscle I've built and the weight loss over the winter months.

Thank you, friends, for all your encouragement and your comments during this process. You guys rock!

:) Gail
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    Oh Gail, I read yer comments on the blog--and now I'm crying--- It doesn't seem fair that a breeder can sell a poor animal with such a health risk--- not fair to Beau who just wants to live his life--- He does go Aug 24th for tests and hopefully the vets can help him--- I do worry--- I check him all the time--- poor fella--- I am so fortunate to have people like yourself to help me through this--Lynda
    1552 days ago
    Your property is gorgeous Gail--lotza work eh??---- And I appreciate yer concerns over Beau--I really hope all will turn out well----Man oh man!--With Shepherds , one never knows--Lynda
    1554 days ago
    Hey Gail, these look so fantastic! !! I have the same round stones for my herb snail outside my kitchen window.
    1802 days ago
  • KENWANNE2013
    Wow...amazing progress. The gardens look lovely. If you want to maintain your muscle perhaps consider popping over to the UK and doing mine for me? emoticon
    2016 days ago
    Hi Gail--- Its so darn hard in the March break to stick to my guns and Spark--but--we all try --eh??---- still cold here too! Lynda
    2043 days ago
    Awesome... no wonder you have so many new muscles....I gotta find mine too, they've gone into hiding this year...
    happy new year.
    2121 days ago
    Good morning Gail!--- I'm so happy you will be here--- just follow the lake and I'll be watching for you-Lynda
    2138 days ago
    Good morning Gail!---Hugs-Lynda
    2168 days ago
    Oh my goodness! I love yer pictures! You have really accomplished a lot!-The pond is huge!
    2172 days ago
    Love your pond. Are those Ducks in the background? Looks like you have been super busy. I agree, muscles are great to have. Your pictures are good. I can't wait to see your herb area next year, when the herbs are growing. Great idea. Good thing you have wood piled up. Looks like it will be cold soon!
    2175 days ago
    Fantastic, phenomenal, YAY! And all the positive emoticons we have.....Love it! (If I ever had a swim pool, I wanted it like your rocks around the pond (with a kind of wading pool/hot tub hidden in the rocks....complete with the it is gorgeous when it blooms and so productive, just as the landscape creator. so very proud of you, my friend!
    2176 days ago
    emoticon On a job well done!! And the pictures are good too!! Isn't it great to gain fitness while doing what you love. WIN! WIN! emoticon
    2176 days ago
    Everything looks so nice and done. I know that you love to go walk in your yard or just sit and relax and admire your work.
    What is Echinacea? I am not familiar with that plant.
    2177 days ago
  • SALAM4545
    Your work was amazing! I'm a little envious of all your garden space! And your muscles, too. emoticon
    2177 days ago
  • NHES220
    Wow, you did an impressive amount of work and I'm sure you have the muscles to show for it. I think you did great with the pictures and thanks for sharing them. I wish I had the skills to do that type of work - or maybe it is the pateince I lack - LOL.
    2177 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I think you take lovely pictures and your place is gorgeous! I love that kind of cardio when muscles come too!

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    2177 days ago
    I like your pics and I think they turned out great ! Want to do this at my house ? Love what you have done so far and you renovated your house (body) doing it. Love that ! WTG !!
    2177 days ago
    Those photos look pretty good to me!
    2178 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14903239
    Your pictures are great...don't know why you would think they weren't! Appreciate your posting them! Cannot believe you did all that! Superwoman!! Looks fantastic!!
    I know a way you can maintain that muscle this winter & in Florida.... I have some projects.....LOL. ;-)
    2178 days ago
    Great job!
    2178 days ago
    I don't see a thing wrong with your pictures. Thanks for sharing them. Looks like you have done an awesome job on your projects!
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  • no profile photo BUTTERFLYGRACE
    What an effort! And what beautiful pictures. You didn't give yourself nearly enough credit. Well done, my friend!
    2178 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    Looks great to me, I think you did wonderful with the photography and with the gardens. Love the pond the most. Have always wanted one, but never wanted the work that goes with it. LOL I'm sure glad there are people out there who enjoy outside stuff. I hope it brings you great joy next spring and summer when those flowers and plants start blooming.
    2178 days ago
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