Let go of the idea that the path will lead you to your goal.  The truth is that with each step we take, we arrive.  Repeat that to yourself every morning: ‘I’ve arrived.’  That way you’ll find it much easier to stay in touch with each second of your day.
Paulo Coelho

What a celebration!  Today was the last day of work and they left a beautiful “skeleton” behind for us to plant and grow in the spring!  The water feature is amazing and I love to listen to the cascading water from my studio.  I think DD and I will spend a lot of time in the basement, working and playing n the most peaceful environment.  I think winter will still bring its own beauty to our patio and the warmth of the basement will keep us in our sanctuary.  Even Math might be more enjoyable there!

The backyard walls got a much needed face lift: we were able to keep the existing stones, moss cover and all so it still looks 20 years old, which is what we wanted.  The irregular blue stone patio fits right in even if new, the boulders of the water feature and stone walls all give an air of permanence, timelessness.  New dark mulch cleans up the beds, even empty they add to the overall picture.  Next year they will see Rock Daphne, ferns, and many other perennials. The terraces will see the revival of our potager now that my time is no longer taken by the house construction work and new roses and shrubs, bordered by herbs and ground cover…

The front received its much needed retainer walls, a few new shrubs, and a landing to the new entry.  A lot of perennials need to make a home in the front of the house and we have the winter to plan all beds.  The small hill on the side of the house looks beautifully natural after a lot of work and effort.  We planted all the old shrubs that survived, overgrown, the construction and make a nice screen for DH’s office windows, giving him privacy and shade, along with a splash of color in the spring.  We will probably plant some ground cover and colorful perennials there as well.

I am grateful for the all work accomplished, it was not always easy, I have learned a lot and the result is well worth the trials and tribulations.  I certainly see things we could have done differently and might still change in the coming years but today is a time for celebration and as we plant each areas I will take a step back and share what I have learned, what I would do differently now, etc.

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