Monday, August 3, 2009

A Plan or Two For The Coming Months

August is here and funny thing is....it feels like June! We had hot, dry August weather in June so maybe they switched places and we won't be so hot and dry this month. The daughter and grans left yesterday and wow how quite it got around here except, that the pups have now learned they can bark and love trying their vocal cords out which provides lots of entertainment! I escaped having to go to the beach thank God, I may not have recovered had I went! They had a good time without me which makes me doubly happy!
We are now thinking about some building plans we have. We are going to fence in part of the back yard to make a "courtyard " of sorts. It won't we a elegant as this one...


Or as charming as this one...


More on the scale of this.....I WISH !

The back of it will be just behind this flower bed which is just outside the screen porch


This is a crude drawing of the layout. We are first going to fence it off with a three foot wood board fence. Three foot of dog wire fence will go on the inside of board fence. There will be two gates, one on the back leading to Hubby's shop and one on the right leading to clothes lines.On the outside against the board fence I will plant banana trees, cannas , elephant ears and hardy hibiscus that come back each year. That will be on the right side and back, growing tall to provide the privacy feel of a courtyard. On the left side where the pond is, I'm planting running roses on the outside of fence. I plan to put flower beds on all three of the inside fences with all sorts of flowers. Between the back door and the already existent flower bed, I want to square off a gravel patio for a table and chairs!



We also plan to build a chicken coop/yard. This is a picture of Joni's @ "The Old Centennial Farmhouse" blog. It is 8x16. I only want 6 laying hens, so 8x16 should be adequate.





Our coop will be located here against the side of Hubby's shop.








I hope to to get him to build me a couple of these cold frames....Okkaaayy he says








Now to the greenhouse by frost.... I'd like one like this










Or this....










I'd settle for this one too....







However I'm actually going to get this, framed, covered and a door to enter and exit!
He's moving the cattle trailer to the barn.




Thanks for all the great visits and comments while I was knee deep in kids! I look forward to catching up with all of you today!!












39 comments:

JStantonChandler said...

Sounds like a wonderful plan! I LOVE seeing what people do to their yards and gardens. I'm saving up ideas for when I finally have my own :)

~Jen

Margaret LaVonne Hall said...

Wow, what extended and wonderful plans! Oh, I believe if the will is there, then the process will reveal itself..It is a fun thing to create and make a record of the progress...Best of luck...
~Margaret

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Ooh, picture #3 gets my vote!! Gorgeous! I'd love to keep chickens....fresh eggs would be wonderful...except...well...I have to admit...I'm afraid of chickens. They are fine securely behind a pen, but if I had to get in with them....I'd freak!!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Oh it's lovely to have plans ...
Keeps one motivated.
Your courtyard sounds lovely, especially with the flowering hibiscus, and all.
We've talked about having a chicken coop, but not sure if we can, since we went from county, to now city limits....drat.
Glad you enjoyed your babies.
All of them ;)

Dirt Princess said...

How exciting! I can't wait to watch it all unfold!!!!!

Robin said...

Your little farm reminds me so much of mine. My next project is a green house.Also a Dove Cote.

Elenka said...

Gads, Carol, you have so much energy!!

Reader Wil said...

That sounds like a lot of work, but wonderful to make all those plans. All those photos of courtyards are lovely. How great that the pups are barking now and running around!

Lady Katherine said...

Hi, I love your courtyard plans! My sis, keeps saying I need one. You done great. When living in the country its hard to say where the back yard ends, well I guess it where the fence is for the sheep. I have the chicken coop, but not a top on it. Hubby promises to build me a new chicken house, he tore down my old one and added a pole barn, which he took over! I do have small coops up on legs separate from the pen. I have 17 new chickens, well two pullets, one hen with 5 baby chicks, and 9 bannies. A hen sitting, Then my adult flock. They are free range! Well no courtyard for me, until our home remodel is done, well I sure we will be working on it for years to come. I found us a place to get together! Its new, I hope to contact, everyone, some aren't blogging so maybe just a few we shall see, how is your time in August? Mine not in Sept., I go to surgery mid Sept. and First week to Destin, Fl. Let me know.

Medora said...

You have such beautiful ideas - and enough of them to keep you busy for quite some time! Love the farmhouse pic - I can see why you would want one like that! We have to see "in progress" pictures once you get started.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

We built a courtyard at our old house and it created a sort of mini climate system where I could grow things that I couldn't elsewhere due to the protective nature of the area and I miss my courtyard so much. I hope you love yours as much as I did mine.

Carolyn said...

I just love planning new projects. Now finishing them, that's another thing entirely.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

It'll be tons of work, but it's going to look great!

Loved your photos. I always read "Southern Living" magazine, look longingly at the lovely yards pictured there--but can't seem to dredge up the energy to do it myself!

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder

lakeviewer said...

How fun! Is it hard to raise chickens?

crochet lady said...

The courtyard idea sounds fun and it looks like you would have a great spot for it.

Thats a nice looking coop!

Renie Burghardt said...

Hey Carol,

Your plans are so neat. A courtyard sounds lovely. And chickens are fun,and productive. I used to be knee deep in them, and had turkeys and ducks and geese, and you name it, but gave up on raising them a few years ago. Now, I don't want the responsibility anymore. I just like to get out and enjoy myself. Haha. But I love to read about other people's plans.

Bet you miss your sweet grands.

Have a great day.

Renie xox

KB said...

What a plan! I want a greenhouse too! A pond will be wonderful. A chickens! I wasn't exactly sure if you were pulling our legs on that one. But, I've actually always wanted to keep chickens. However, neighbors who try have a hard time keeping the predators out. Leads to sad endings.

Vicki Lane said...

Lordy, you do have big plans! And they all sound wonderful.

Tiffany Norris said...

So jealous! We have a teensy little porch off our apartment, which doesn't lend itself to fixing up...but this inspires me to try and be creative. :)

The Dutchess said...

Wonderful plan...I wish you luck and fun "working"..I always wanted chickens but I travel a lot so I would need a 'chickensitter' when I am gone..:)Have a lovely day..

Torie Jayne said...

Hi, What a great plan, looking forward to seeing it unfold x

Becca's Dirt said...

Hey Carol - glad to see you in one piece after the family left. I am excited for you to get your courtyard. Sounds like some good and exciting planning. I know you will love having chicks.

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Hi Carol!
I've missed you, and life in the country. I've been reading your back posts - trying to catch up. There sure is alot of activity on the ranch. The puppies have gotten so big! They were just born when I took the month off. I'm happy that all is well. Talk to you soon.
Catherine

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Gosh, backyard plans look wonderful! The kids up the road have chickens so I buy my eggs from them. That was my least favorite chore when I was a child...gathering eggs. Invariably, there was one mean ole hen who just HAD to peck!

June Saville said...

I do hope the reality eventually matches your wonderful dreams ...
June in Oz

June Saville said...

By the way Carol - the fiction lover in you may even enjoy a peek at my other blog - a collection of my short stories and even a full length novel. Links to individual chapters on my side bar.
June in Oz (again)

NitWit1 said...

WOW. looks like more than a couple of months' work.

But you don't have as much worry about when the North wind blows.

After this year's ice storm I'm weather-bit.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Grand plans, indeed. My husband built me a cold frame once, long ago, when I had more time for gardening and seed planting. Someday.... once again.

Janet, said...

Sounds great! Wish we had enough land for a little chicken coop.

Marguerite said...

Your courtyard looks fabulous. I find it so rewarding to plan a project and see it through to completion. Courtyards have a special charm about them and are very relaxing. Good luck with your projects!

jeannette stgermain said...

You have some great plans - sounds like a lot of work though and taking care of everything - but if that is what you like, go for it! I like the greenhouses you showed!

Cynthia said...

Carol, you have a lot going on here with your plans. How great to have a courtyard! And if you're going to have chickens, you need a coop!! Your puppies sounding off with their vocal discovery---so cute. Glad to read that you had a nice visit. <3

Trixie said...

Sounds just peachy to granny.

Susan said...

Wow !! what a happy green acres couple you two are. Makes me smile. The little red retrievers have been born and I have decided to wait. My life just feels very unsettled still and as MLou reminds me I do have 4 pets. Three great cats and the fantastic Winnie Dixon. If you'd like to have a look at the sweet bundles of red here's the link.

Much love from us all ... and I have not forgotten your seeds I noticed this morning the seed heads are just beginning to turn brown.

grahamgolden.com/Current_Litter.html

kimmirich said...

It's been unseasonably cool here as well. Love the plans, they sound wonderful!

Robin's New Song said...

what fun projects you have planned! I love creating the feel of outdoor "rooms", with gates and arbors leading from one to the next. A greenhouse and chicken house,is high on my list! Have fun designing and building!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Carol

You are so lucky! I have a postage stamp sized back yard so even the smallest cold frame looks divine to me! I'd love to keep chickens and have such a pretty patio.
It looks like you will be very busy ..but having fun!

Hope your cooler weather lasts. We are having our first day over 90 this summer, with matching humidity...ick

Kathryn Magendie said...

I love gardens and yards - even though I do not have a traditional one now - since we are perched on a mountain and everything is wild - and we want it that way - no plantings, only what grows here....some of it rare.

But, I used to have a yard and I loved lots of flowers and green - even though I hate to actually garden myself *laugh*

Rachel said...

Oh my, your plans look wonderful... maybe not as grand as some others but definately inspirational fodder for a writer!