#944 Backyard Inspirations.
by Erin Napier
With only a couple hours’ break in the rain that’s been thankfully bearing down on us for days after a month-long drought, Ben did supersonic yard maintenance and mowed, weedeated, bagged and blew off the lawn in a little over an hour.
As he was hanging the leaf blower up in the shop, the rain came flooding down again. What miraculous timing!
And in that magazine, I found the most incredible backyard design inspiration. Our backyard is lacking in any kind of design or shape, really. There are beds around the perimeter, a peach tree, a little stone patio in the shady back corner beside the grills. The grass is worn and bare in the trails from the gate to the house and from the house to the workshop. The workshop is a leaky mess of mostly rotten wood that will have to be torn down sooner than later. So we sat on the porch, having bowls of chili for our rainy dinner and making plans. We could…
And best of all, tear down the existing shop and build a craftsman style one-car garage to match our house where Ben could mechanic on cars and where the deep freeze, extra refrigerator and and paint cans could live. We would build it straight ahead from the carport instead of where the shop is right now.
I know these dudes would love it. They’d especially love rolling in mud then laying on the cushion in that cozy chair or perhaps digging trenches around each and every stone. Cause they love us like that.
Now, let’s scrounge up the money to do it. Hmmm…
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!