Dad’s Day Drive

Happy belated Father’s Day to all the dads out there.  In our house it is referred to as Paw Paw’s Day.  No human children around here, just the furry four-legged kind, our wieners.   We decided to take a break from yard work and take a much deserved leisurely drive through the countryside.  Our travels took us from Red Wing over into Wisconsin to Elmwood, Spring Valley, Woodville and Baldwin.   We had lovely weather with bright blue skies and my favorite big poofies were aloft; floating through the sky.

I am not sure what is so fascinating about a cow, but almost every time we see some we stop and chat with them.  A big ‘ol MooOOOOoo always gets their attention and 9 time out of 10 they will come closer to the roadside.  The wieners like to check them out as well as take in all the interesting smells of the country.

We didn’t run into any abandoned properties this round.  We did  see the wonderful rolling hills, green grasses, farm fields, spring streams,  barns, wildlife and we even stumbled upon an Amish community that I didn’t know was there and this close.

It was a great Paw Paw Day.  Back roadin’ with Cyndie and the girls is my all-time favorite pastime.  Life is great.

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Creating a Backyard Oasis

Backyard view from deck
Backyard view from deck

Cyndie and I are on our second season of creation and construction of the backyard oasis.  This project has been extensive – lots of dirt and rock moved; all by hand.  No single master plan existed when we started.  There were many small plans that have come together on paper, in our minds and dreams.  Much work was completed last year and even more continues this year.  It is a labor of love creating a peaceful backyard oasis where you can relax over your lunch break, kick back after a long day at work or spend the better park of a Saturday lounging around listening to the stream, smelling the blooms and watching the wildlife.

As I post this and am looking at the pano-view above I see so many changes that happened yesterday immediately following the picture.  It is amazing what can be accomplished in a single day.  You cannot fully appreciate all that has transpired without seeing the before (coming soon), but I’ll take you around the space with a quick photo-tour.

Leaving the backdoor into the yard from the deck [completed last year]:

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Up the path towards the pond patio [completed last year]:

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The pond, stream and four waterfalls [completed last year]:

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Right side flower garden [completed last year]:

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Wiener Run (stairway to Wiener Trail) [completed last year]:

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Wiener Trail [completed last year]:

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Upper vegetable garden (carrots, spinach, dill, beans, cantaloupe, watermelon, dumpling squash, strawberries and blueberries  [new this year]:

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Hammock patio [new this year]:

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View from Hammock patio [main patio and pergola completed last year]:

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Left side flower garden [partially completed last year] and “the pit” (foreground).  The pit has functioned as our plant staging place, bin and potting container collection site and home of “chippy” which Audrey is hunting currently.  Still formulating a plan in my mind for the pit area:

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Backyard entrance – flower pallet  [new this year]:

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Lower vegetable garden [completed last year]:

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Side herb garden [new this year]:

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*All rock for walls were picked by hand and hauled by car and set to rest manually in the yard.  Good times 🙂

Revisited – March 2013

This month’s revisited will be short and sweet in narrative.  March was a great photography month filled with all sorts of subjects.  At the moment, though, Spring is knocking a bit harder on the door.  The forecast-ed full day rain did not come to fruition.  Instead, there are blue skies and some clouds and it is 50 degrees.  It is time to get out of the house and go for a walk, a drive – something.

Here are my favorite March 2013 shots converted into black & white.  Happy Saturday all.