making way for prettyful

This week we experienced unseasonably high temperatures in these parts; ideal summer weather if you ask me.  I keep waking up wondering when the blackflies and mosquitoes catch on.  In this perfect little lull of warm weather, dry ground and bug free outdoors we have been on a bit of a tear to get some projects done.

First, we demolished the rotting old shed beside our house.  It stood beside the large pine tree we lost in the fall.  We would never have chosen to take down the tree or the shed for that matter in order to put in another vegetable garden, but when she came down on her own we decided it was the perfect sunny location for some raised beds.  The shed was an old hunting cabin which sounds much more romantic than it was what with its blue and green tarped roof, rotting boards, shabby construction and ply wood floors.  It was full of sharpie graffiti inside; the most intriguing inscriptions from the previous owners “JF was here when the wind came” and CW’s: “…the cake was not a lie…”

We considered moving it back into the woods, but figured it would collapse in the process.  It was sitting up on a shallow stone and concrete foundation about a foot deep.  We thought we`d fill it with topsoil and use it as a garden, but then Mike came up with the brilliant idea of putting our planned pizza oven in there.  After that my imagination has been working on the space.  We need to dig out the front and build up the back and sides with the large rocks laying on the floor of it.  Then we need to create a broad flat space on which we can build  the pizza oven.  I was thinking we could plant climbing veggies and flowers along one side and the back for a little privacy and shade.  We`d like to build 2 or three raised beds on the land around it and perhaps some herbs around the perimeter.  We`ll need to build reasonable fences around the entire area to keep wildlife and roaming chickens out.  I just need to come up with a clever idea for the large stump that remains.  I asked them to leave a taller stump thinking it would make a neat table top or garden bench.  Hmmm.

It is a big project, but a fun one I look forward to.  I am relieved to see the shed gone.   It was an eyesore and though the area still needs plenty of love before it is pretty enough for my liking it is nice to look out the window to see grass and trees instead of a crippled old shed.

I am thinking I will be shifting gears with the coming warmth and outside time.  I will likely be using this space as more of a home spring and summer home journal.  I am sure we will be doing all sorts of fun projects, but I won`t have as much time to write about each one so I may simply share photos and a few words, some recipes here, a few methods there.  You know, that sort of thing.  Nothing too structured or drastic.  I will also be taking on less sponsors as that is proving to be a bit time consuming as well.  All in all I would like to gain a balance between recording and sharing and spending more time living.

I have some articles to submit, products to review and 3 books to review (this, this and this).  It is going to be wonderfully busy!

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  1. Posted March 26, 2012 at 7:53 am by teresa c | Permalink

    Wow, there are seriousplans around there! I thinkh the idea of lightening the blog is quite appropriate for the warmer months, even though I’ll mss your words for sure. But I’ll be waiting for your recipes and reviews! Happy week!

  2. Posted March 26, 2012 at 10:33 am by Kim | Permalink

    Wow, you have a lot of work ahead, can’t wait to see the results.

    Have fun!

  3. Posted March 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm by cindy baldwin | Permalink

    You never know about that stump! I grew up in North Carolina (hurricane country!) and when I was 8, a huge hurricane blew through my city, uprooting a lot of trees. An enormous tree in my parents’ yard was uprooted and fell on their neighbor’s house. They had the tree cut down and removed, but never got around to removing the (uprooted, only partially still attached to the soil!) stump. My brothers and I took the stump over and spent hours climbing on it, sitting on it, you name it! My mom finally agreed to leave it up so that we could continue to play on it. The possibilities of a good stump are endless! 😉

    • Posted March 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm by erin | Permalink

      That is great! I am sure, if nothing else the kids will make good use of it!

  4. Posted March 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm by KC | Permalink

    “The cake was not a lie” comes from a video game called Portal. My husband is gamer. The game is a really interesting look into humans being controlled by computers. This computer promises them cake at the end of the experiements.

    I saw you pin a wood fired oven the other day and it reminded me of how much I want a wood fired oven. When I lived in Italy I got to bake bread with these grandmothers in a 400 year old oven. It was incredible!

  5. Posted March 28, 2012 at 9:11 pm by Ana | Permalink

    The pizza oven is an awesome idea. It reminds me of this place:

    This is in the neighbourhood I grew up in. When I was in grade school the area was a lot of abandoned streetcar barns. Recently they were turned into a “…multifaceted community centre where arts and culture, environmental leadership, heritage preservation, urban agriculture and affordable housing are brought together to foster a strong sense of community.”

    They have an outdoor stone oven and people from the community come by and bring pizzas, bread, whatever, to pop in the oven and then share with everyone else. There’s a huge, beautiful play area for children, residential living for artists, a huge farmer’s market every weekend… and so many exciting things always going on there. It’s really a bit of that “community living” that you were talking about in an earlier post. I wish I still lived down there (my parents still do) instead of up here in middle-of-nowhere North York.

    • Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:57 am by erin | Permalink

      That sounds amazing! I have actually heard of this place, but have never had the delight of visiting!
      Maybe this summer :)
      Toronto has some pretty amazing neighbourhoods.

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