The backyard

In a few weeks time we will tick over 6 years in our house. I might have thought we would have completed renovations by now, back then when we first started cleaning, painting and fencing. We didn’t know ourselves as well 6 years ago. We thought we would extend our little 3 bedroom 1 bathroom home, adding more bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms, because that’s what people seem to do. But we changed and the plans changed and the pace changed. So we’ve ticked off a few to do’s and have a heap more still waiting for attention.

The main drawcard from day dot was the big backyard. We’re on a half acre block with a creek running through the back half. We knew it would be a great backyard for kids one day, and we were right!

And so, while it’s a space that is forever changing and evolving, I thought I’d share a little overview of how it is right now.

We’ve focussed mostly on the veggie garden and fruit trees this year, and expanded the veggie garden into what used to be a lawn area. We’ve always grown a little bit of our own produce, but have recently been working at it a little more seriously, with a goal of growing and producing at least 25% of our own food by 2023. I hope we hit that goal much sooner!

This winter we are growing – snowpeas, broad beans, onions, garlic, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, kale, lettuce, celery, potato and carrots as well as all our fruit and nut trees. It’s been so much fun checking on their progress every day, and watching the kids walking around the yard picking and eating snow peas or sampling the coriander.

Outside of the garden progress is a million different other little projects at various stages of completion. The ideas man has been very busy over the years building tank stands, a pizza oven, a cubby house, my potting shed, a straw bale wall and numerous garden beds. Our backyard is a kids paradise. We don’t have much in the way of traditional kids play equipment, but we do have lots of rocks and sticks and dirt which is just as much fun!

The next backyard project that we’re working towards will form a lawn border that raises up to sitting height in the middle, and is filled with wine bottles. This project will take a while as we have to drink enough wine first! Haha!

And I will always always be adding more and more plants. We love our backyard and all it’s interesting quirks. Like sunflowers trying to flower in July…

Looking forward to a few days in my backyard this weekend! I hope you get a little sunshine and dirt under the finger nails too.

Abby x

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Pizza Oven: A Work in Progress

I can’t take any credit for this project, I just provide moral support, Matt does all the real work.

When we bought our house, there was a fernery, aviary and tank, immediately behind the house. We knew we didn’t want to keep any of it there and planned to rip it all out and grass the area.

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Of course, it didn’t work out that way…

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When it came to pulling the concrete stand out, we discovered that the concrete went deep into the ground, and it would be best for us to leave it where it was. So then we were left wondering what on earth to do with this big circular slab of concrete sticking out of the ground.

It didn’t require a huge imagination to come up with the idea for a pizza oven.

and so, work began.

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The most recent addition has been the concrete slab, that will form the base of the oven, and the roof for the wood storage below. The section to the right of the round pizza oven will make up more wood storage, a bench and Matt’s hoping to include a tandoor as well.

Apart from the concrete used to hold it all together, it’s made entirely from recycled materials.

Matt’s doing an amazing job. He constantly astounds me with what he seems to be able to create from nothing. I just can’t wait to see it finished, and have our first pizza night!

Abby xx