when we first purchased Framboise Manor and then came for a visit for a few days - we were blinded by the fact that we finally purchased a BOL and did not notice all of the junk laying everywhere in the yard. i mean, we saw all of the junk, but we were too busy laughing our fool heads off with happiness - i mean - what's a little junk! but man - there was a heck of a lot more than just a little junk!
and when we arrived here at Framboise Manor this past winter, because there was already snow on the ground, we kind of forgot that underneath all of the strange looking snowpiles was all of that junk! as well, because the Manor came "furnished" (translation: previous owner left the house full of junk!), we had 3 days before the movers arrived to clear the house out. so we took the furniture and stacked it neatly around the outside of the house.
in addition, after the movers came and because we had moved too much stuff to a tiny Manor - we had to stack and store a lot of our stuff at the side of the house as well. And after one of the windiest winters ever seen here - all that stuff and junk blew all around in the wind!
anyway, when the snow started melting in the spring - we were in for an eye-full! junk was EVERYWHERE!
as for the garbage bags stacked beside the house - we were here almost 3 months before we found out that we had regular garbage pick-up...who knew? we just kept putting our garbage at the side of the house and were planning to bring it to the dump in the spring. but of course after the garbage bags melted, they busted and poor jambaloney re-bagged about 40 bags of garbage.
this is a stack of salvaged wood that used to be a fence at the Manor - but after those several windy days (100km winds) - it blew apart into different pieces all over the yard and finally, when the snow melted jambaloney was able to gather it all up in a pile and has since built a make-shift shed out of it.
you also have to remember that our basement came furnished too. remember this post with the flooded basement and junk floating everywhere? nice eh? so we then had to empty all of that junk out of the basement as well.
like i said - junk was EVERYWHERE!
wait for it - this pic is even better!
there's vandura stuffed to the gills with some of the "too-much-stuff" that we brought.
and some more junk!
as we had been scrambling to get this cottage insulated and had a million DIY-shelf-building projects on the go inside the house - the yard waited until spring for us to do any serious business with it. during that time we prayed that no neighbours would come bearing casseroles and to introduce themselves - can you imagine what they might have thought??? MDR buddy - i think we got you beat with this yard!
but jambaloney and i got cracking and we cleared up that junk toute-suite!
okay maybe that still looks a little junky but everything you see in this pic is needed at the Manor. there's our tires for container gardening to the right, our hill of dirt for filling tires and raised beds, some of our raised beds in the centre and our washing station to the left.
and here's a shot of over to the other side past the washing station - see? no more junk!!! just more raised beds and tires of potatoes and peppers.
here's a shot looking to the side of the house from in front of the washing station - all nice and tidied up. jambaloney spent days weed-whacking the back and side of the house - it was like an overgrown jungle out there.
and another shot:
and from the other side:
all nice and tidy now!
anyway - after days and weeks of gathering all of the garbage, building raised beds, filling the raised beds with dirt, plus the tire gardens, jambaloney then by using a variety of garden tools flattened out this area in order to set up our rainbarrel and get ready to build our deck.
he really worked his butt off - as can be seen in the previous pics this area was not level at all.
here is the rock wall that he built to help level the area out. notice the burn pile in the background. i am very glad to say it is gone and we have moved our burn "pit" further down our road.
jambaloney originally built us a deck that was 12x12, and when jambaloney's step-dad Ted came for a visit - he helped jambaloney add another 12x12. and here it is - my glorious deck! a whole 'nuther room added to the Framboise Manor. it's not set up properly in this pic but you get the idea.
i love my deck! and cleaned up yard!