I can’t believe tomorrow is the first day of July! This summer is already going by so quickly, even though it only *technically* started a few days ago.
When I moved from the city out to the property, I made a promise to myself that I would never let myself get used to the beauty of the place. I hate the idea of taking this place for granted, so I plan to very intentionally appreciate everything the property has to offer this summer.
I found this old blue wheelbarrow in the shop and have been using it to cart wood to the fire pit on the back patio. It has kind of become a permanent fixture on the patio, which as you can see, is super classy. Drinking white wine out there makes it even classier.
Right after my sister Emily and I got back from our London-Kenya-Paris trip I got a wild hair and decided to get involved in some serious yard work.
When we poured the concrete patio and built the fire pit area with those huge boulders, I noticed that there was some wood peeking through the ivy. When I thought about it, I recalled from my childhood that there used to be a path down to the pond.
Two days and one almost-broken hedge trimmer later, I had myself a nice walkway and a nice sunburn.
Other activities this summer: Tailgate Picnics and Backyard Camping.
When I was little, my mom used to love to pack my sisters and me a little lunch, pile us into the truck, and drive out to the back acres to have a picnic on the tailgate. It was always a really special treat for us kids, so I’m bringing it back in style by with tostadas from the local taco cart.
I’ve also taken to keeping a small tent erected in the wooded area of the property so I can relax out there during the day (when I should be working). I’ve always loved to read, and as much as I love curling up with tea and a good book during a rainstorm, I think that reading out in the sunshine is even better.
I’m working on yet another big project, which is cleaning out and renovating “The Bunker.” The Bunker is a small shop on the property which was actually the original residence before my parents bought the place and built the house I now live in.
It has a bathroom, a small kitchen, a living room with space for a wood stove, and a back bedroom, too. During the house remodel we kind of used The Bunker as a storage place for all of the demolition materials and trash, so before I can actually fix it up, I have to remove all of the crap that’s currently sitting in it.
I’m hoping to restore it to its former glory, and use it as a guest house for the property!
I’ve got a lot of projects ahead of me this summer, and a lot of opportunities to appreciate the property and remember why I’m working so hard to keep it up.
I’ll be keeping you posted on project updates!
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