Deck Railing Refresh – What a Difference!

Our deck has gone through several transformations over the years. When we bought the house 20 years ago, the back yard featured a dilapidated deck structure with only one level, broken boards on the skirt, and wisteria gone wild climbing over Continue reading Deck Railing Refresh – What a Difference!

Inspiration – Mr. McGregor’s Garden

I love to travel, and have been lucky enough to do quite a bit of it since I’ve retired.  For me, one of the perks is the exposure to new architecture, interiors, food, and lifestyle. Take for instance, our last trip Continue reading Inspiration – Mr. McGregor’s Garden

Deck Tour Part 2

There’s nothing like the promise of a few out of town visitors to spur one into action. Am I right? Why is it that we can live with our homes in a certain state, and then suddenly we see it Continue reading Deck Tour Part 2

Update Your Yard With Birdhouses

I’m not one for using a lot of yard art, but a couple of well placed birdhouses might just lend the perfect touch to your patio or backyard. From atop a lone tower… to perching on a fence, They could Continue reading Update Your Yard With Birdhouses

It’s a Gardening Kind of Weekend

This little garden store and nursery has me itching to get outside and tend to our neglected back yard and deck. Last week was pouring down rain, a welcome site in Northern CA, but it sure is nice to see Continue reading It’s a Gardening Kind of Weekend

Home Tour

As some of you may know, we recently visited friends in the San Diego area.  They have a gorgeous newly remodeled home, Let’s take a tour. Today we’ll visit the outside. Southern California is known for its wonderful year round Continue reading Home Tour

Street Art

That chance encounter with creativity along public walkways and streets, never ceases to amaze me.  You know when you’re walking along and all of a sudden a piece of art catches your attention? I thought this was a clever way Continue reading Street Art

Drought Tolerant Landscaping

As many of you know California is the midst of a horrible drought.  Because it’s been going on for a few years, last fall we decided to remove the Burmuda grass lawn on the side of the house and a Continue reading Drought Tolerant Landscaping

Oops – Making Sense of a Mess

As many of you may know we are still in a drought here in California – the worst in recent history.  So last summer we decided to begin to transition our yard into drought tolerant landscaping.  Much of it is already Continue reading Oops – Making Sense of a Mess

The Secret Garden

Have you ever happened upon a secret garden?  You know that fictional garden of the children’s book by Frances Hodgson.  Well we did just that on a visit to the central California Coastal town of Cayucos.  In search of our Continue reading The Secret Garden

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