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Retaining Wall! - Part 4

Retaining Wall! – Part 4

Alright, the time has come to share the retaining wall in all its glory! Here are some progress pictures that we snapped as the masons were working. I feel like it really is a work of art.  The two men took their time and their attention to detail shows. The new wall they’re working on...
Retaining Wall! - Part 3

Retaining Wall! – Part 3

CHECK. OUT. THIS. WALL. Y’ALL. I love love love love how this ended up!!!  It protects my beloved boxwoods from eroding, it delineates the yard from the gravel so we won’t have mulch or grass spilling into the driveway, and it really adds some class (I think) to the whole driveway and therefore property overall.  Something...
Retaining Wall! - Part 2

Retaining Wall! – Part 2

Hello everyone!  I hope you’re all having a good week.  Charlottesville weather has been so absurd lately… the weather forecast changes minute by minute on sunshine/ thunderstorms/ sprinkles.  We’re getting a LOT of thunderstorms in our neck of the woods and it’s been far from fun, but I know we had a dry winter and...
Retaining Wall!- Part 1

Retaining Wall!- Part 1

Hi y’all!  Hope everyone’s summer is off to a good start.  Evie finished preschool yesterday and we are loving life so far!  Other than the piglets, we have something else going on at our house: we’ve hired some awesome guys to put in a retaining walls using rocks David dug up from our front yard! ...
Making a Shed for Kune Kune Piglets

Making a Shed for Kune Kune Piglets

Happy Memorial Day Y’all! Hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend. As promised, here are some photos of the shelter David built for Tinkerbell and Mr. Smee. I was hoping he would write this blog post himself since he did the designing and crafting for this one and to be honest, I don’t really know...
Making a Pig Fence

Making a Pig Fence

Ahhhh! The piglets are seriously the cutest things ever! I love them, and I have definitely spent way more time watching them than I should have/ imagined I would! I wanted to take a minute and backtrack to share how David and I put in their pig fence. First of all we had to decide...
KuneKune Piglets!

KuneKune Piglets!

I can’t believe I’m actually able to write a blog post on this because it doesn’t seem real… we just got piglets!  2 piglets!  2 Kune Kune piglets, to be exact! Welcome to the family, Tinkerbell and Mr. Smee! On Saturday, David and the kids and I drove to a Kune Kune pig breeder farm...
Finished Circular Driveway!!!

Finished Circular Driveway!!!

Well it certainly has been a while since I last wrote a blog post!  I hope everyone had a LOVELY Thanksgiving.  We were blessed with lots of family coming to Charlottesville and it was one of the best Thanksgivings I can remember.  Wilson is soooo happy and while we still have some hurdles we’re working...
Moving Boxwoods + Gravel Down!

Moving Boxwoods + Gravel Down!

Oh my goodness y’all look at this– the boxwoods have been moved, and now there is an EXIT to the circular driveway! Just to recap: here is the before layout and the after:   SO COOL!  The shape is actually taking place!  We weren’t home when the crew actually picked up and moved the boxwoods...
Mud Pit-- I Mean-- Driveway Update

Mud Pit– I Mean– Driveway Update

CHECK THIS OUT.  It’s our new mud pit!  (If you squint your eyes and use your imagination, you can see that it’s actually a new driveway in disguise.) It loops through the brick columns same as the old driveway did, but it instantly goes uphill.  We didn’t remove any of the old asphalt from the...
The Driveway It Is A Changin

The Driveway It Is A Changin

Progress report on the driveway! First thing first was to take up the brick walkway from the front porch to David’s office. Then after that the bricks were up, the heavy duty equipment moved in. And then… Something like 13 huge dumptruck loads of dirt got delivered to our driveway as you can start to...
Starting the New Driveway

Starting the New Driveway

So apparently the very first step to redoing a driveway is to come up with plans for a new driveway. TA DA!  I know you’re dying to see… so without further ado, here are the new plans: We decided we’re going to keep the entrance between the two brick columns but create a separate exit...
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