Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Holy Soreness Batman ...

If you have been reading this blog for long, you'll already know about the plans I had to put a reclaimed brick patio at the back of our property near the garage. If you didn't know that, you can read about it here, here, here, oh and here, and a little here, here, and again here.

Yes, I was all too excited to talk about it, but when it came to doing the labor that was necessary to clear the area for a level surface ... that was a different story. There always seemed to be something that kept Scott somehow otherwise preoccupied, and I just didn't have the courage to get started on such a large project on my own. Until ...

Sunday my friends Dorothy and Dan came over with a roto-tiller. Dan made a few passes over the area, in less than 1/2 an hour, the soil was completely loose about a foot deep. I of course thanked them over and over again, and then got started moving around the soil. Now, I could show you pictures of where the patio stands now - unfinished, but oh so close to being perfect - but I think it would be better to do an entire post on the complete transformation of the area on one of Susan's Metamorphosis Monday's.

For now, I found some great inspiration pictures that show off the herringbone pattern I fell in love with and decided to use for our project.

There isn't much about this gorgeous home and garden that I don't like - but I'm in love with the curved herringbone brick walkway weaving through the very happy garden. There is something about a washed gray shingle side house with beautiful gardens that always makes my heart go pitter pat.

And again here, the herringbone in a walkway - this time covered with a moss that is just oh so natural! I haven't quite decided if I would like this look for myself - but I'm sure if I were walking the path of this beautiful paved walkway, I'd be pointing out the moss to whomever were on the trail with me.
So there you have it. I can tell you that the patio is near complete ... a project 1-year in the making! And there are more surprises to that area, too! So stay tuned! I hope (weather willing) I can get everything finished in time for Share a Garden Sunday/Met Monday. Have a great Wednesday!


  1. Howdy
    Oh my pitter patter is right .
    Be still my heart:)
    Looking forward to many more awesome photos as you complete this amazing project.
    Thank you for sharing this incredible journey.
    Your gardens are simply divine.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Happy Trails

  2. Truly Awesome pictures...What a Great project..puts mine to
    Can't wait to see the finished photos!

  3. Love the herringbone pattern. I can't wait to see the finished project. Hugs, Marty

  4. This has always been one of my favorites!!! I can't wait to see the fruits of your labor!!!


  5. I wanna see! I wanna see! Jumps up and down in anticipation......

  6. I can't wait to see the finished project Artie! I am sure it is goign to be wonderful.

  7. Oh honey! We are having a hard time getting up he gumption to do a stone patio much less patterns. Of course yours will be stunning! Can't wait to see what you do.

  8. Well, one thing's for have excellent taste! Can't wait to see your project! I bet it's going to be beautiful! You sound like me in the project dept.! I have so many plans and ideas! then no time to do them! Lauralu :)

  9. I leave for a week and look what you accomplished! Incredible chair transformation, a Sunday garden party, roto-tilling, 200th post anniversary and absolutey wonderful tablescape! I'm almost afraid to ask but should I leave again? :-)
    G in CT

  10. My muscles ache for you & remember their own hell from my own reclaimed brick pathway. They send their condolenscences. If you want a moss look do a buttermilk mosss watch & voila a'll achieve the look. Its scrumptious!!!!
    Oh & go to the a local tack shop & get horse linoment. its the best to soothe the ache. Heck if its good for race horses....
    Cant wait to see you're after...

  11. Bricks BELONG in a garden -- and they give a garden such character. Even though I'm constantly picking grass from between the bricks at Linderhof, I wouldn't trade one of them for a pot of money -- I LOVE them!

    I cannot wait until Monday.

    I know Artie that your patio will be fabulous! (And I'll be jealous -- our 1948 patio is concrete -- brick colored concrete but concrete nonetheless -- sigh -- how I wish it WERE brick!

  12. Hi Artie! I can't wait to see your completed project. We have lots of projects going ourselves, including putting up an iron gazebo and laying brick flooring in it. I am thinking of laying the bricks a little wider with no grout and growing either thyme or Irish moss in b/w...Christine

  13. hey - that's gonna be cool!
    thanks for the play-by-play so far...
    and the photos that served as inspiration!

    herringbone rocks!

  14. Artie, Your inspiration photo is beautiful & I love the curved herringbone pattern too. You might not want the moss though. I've heard it's slippery when wet...

    I bet you're thrilled to pieces to have the rototilling finished. ☺ diane

  15. Artie!
    What wonderful friends you have! Jump start you into your fabulous dream. I love the herringbone design with the is faboo!

  16. thanks for your kind comments on my blog. My lupine are doing well all on their own, I don't know what the secret is. That herringbone pattern IS something to aspire to, definitely!

  17. Oh that moss on the brick is so yummy and with that curvy stair... heaven!
    I laughed and laughed at your "you can read it here.. here... here... and here LOL. YAY for good friends, roto tillers and almost finished projects! I can't wait to see this one crossed off your list, it's been a real bear!!
    xo Isa

  18. What great friends you have Artie. Waiting to see the end result as know it will be fab! -Brenda-

    (Tip: A good blast with a Pressure Washer usually removes most weeds, that have grown in between Walkway Stones.)

  19. This is lovely....too bad these great ideas have to break our backs....looking forward to seeing your finished product.

  20. I loved the visit. Thank you for stopin by.

  21. i do , i love the herringbone pattern too!
    great choice.