|Wow! What a change!|
|The lone sidewalk|
|Fence nearly completed!|
Our front yard looks quite different now, as anyone who drives or walks by can see. And in the process I've learned that working on your front yard is a great way to get to know the neighbors all up and down the block!
|Before any work, with old sign and old bushes!|
|New bushes and new sign, Spring of 2011|
Another thing that has always been a little stressful is that the front yard was not fully enclosed, it was easy for children to run ahead so teachers and parents were always running after their children to make sure they didn't get to the busy street first.
We are so excited to plot and plan the design for this fun project! Anyone with skills in or an interest in permaculture please give us your ideas!
We took out the Catalpa tree in the front and have found lots of ways to incorporate the tree itself into our playscape! The main part of the trunk was saved as a log so we can use it in the new front bed that moving the fence is giving us. The limbs were cut into child-sized logs and stacked in a "wood pile" near the dirt digging area. I am curious to see the many ways the children will find to put the logs to use! Another portion of the trunk was planted in the front as a stump, just a good sittin' spot for viewing our lovely flowers.
|Front porch - not fully enclosed yet|
Fortunately I have an acquaintance who is not only a metalsmith with his own custom fabrication business but an artist as well, I'm excited to hear his ideas on securing the porch and bringing beauty and art into its design too.