Tuesday, June 8, 2010

the call of stones

the past month i've been working with stone walls
by creating new ones and renovating an old one.
renovation, whether it's inside or outside,
 is a messy job that has to look worse before it gets better,
but the end result makes a huge difference!

we're here at our 'dawdy haus' for six years now (already!),
and somehow, what looked great once, gets tired-looking.
such was the stone wall on the left of the drive,
so i decided  to re-do it,
and got wonderful results!

i had great help by two of our grandsons, S and A,
to dismantle the original wall which was a tremendous help.
unfortunately, i didn't think about pictures for that or a 'before' one.

what a mess...but a 'good' mess!
there were a ton lots of heavy stones to move and reposition, 
some or which i rolled into place or used my handy hand truck -
a 'must-have' in my opinion!

my gardening blog has a simple two-phase tutorial on
building dry-stacked stone walls here and here.

now complete and with our brand new sign...
Fleur Cottage!

this is the end of a big project with a big impact,
all of it done by yours truly except for putting the sign up -
hubs gets the credit for that.

a before/after of the rest of this project

this is a 'gitter done' for Funky Junk's 'I can do it!' challenge.




Funky Junk Interiors said...

Oh my goodness... what a stunning before and after! You've totally grasped what GD is all about. Your outcome is truly stunning!

The rockwork I'm totally drooling over. You must be so proud!

Thanks for linking up!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

The "after" is much better. Great job!!!

Creative Ambitions said...

This is fabulous... great job! Love it!

Meredith said...

Wow! What an amazing transformation! You should be very proud of yourself. I hope to copy you except with lava rock which seems to multiply on our property. I hope my results are even a fraction as beautiful as yours.

Anita said...

I just love stones and you did a tremendous job! It looks wonderful. I had stone at my old house and I miss it.

Meadowsweet Cottage said...

I love rock walls and yours is awesome!

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