Go past Tennessee and turn right.
Then travel 4.5 miles past the horse barn and cow fields and the corn fields and then turn left.
At the end of that long winding country road, you’ll see this.
I’m the one on the porch with the sweet tea.
When you get there,
shake out your tired driving legs.
Take a deep breath of fresh country air.
And when you get a moment, look past the roses and the day lilies and the hydrangea and the peonies at this:
That’s right. That’s how we roll here in the country.
A big giant slab of asphalt. 40 feet by 20 feet of grey, ugly, stubbly asphalt.
I think it used to be a basketball court once upon a time in a land far far away. Before the dirt covered it. Before the potholes took over. Before the roses and the hydrangea and the day lilies needed a new next-door neighbor.
For a year now I have sipped tea on that side porch and glared at the asphalt. Willing it to become an English terrace with overly carved and ornate urns and tiny brick pathways. Willing it to reach for the stars and become something right out of a Jane Austen novel.
And all the while, the asphalt just sat there getting more potholey and dirty and sandy and generally uncooperative….as I spent hours trying to decide how to turn that grey stubbly mess into the stuff landscape dreams are made of.
First, I thought of covering it with stones we made ourselves like this.
Way too time intensive.
Then, I thought about covering it with old bricks like this.
*Sigh(. Too many kids to put through college.
I even contemplated painting my own faux bricks like this.
Not enough time due to my current Jane Austen obsession.
And then I saw…..this.
And so we went and bought these.
These glorious cheap concrete blocks.
250 of them.
And dirt and grass seed.
So now this…..
Looks like this.
Just 5,000 grass seeds away from absolute perfection 🙂
And after all this pinterest gardening inspiration and four beautiful sunny days in a row, we decided.
As in us.
As in the hostesses with the mostesses.
(and as in does anyone anywhere ever say that any more?)
We decided that what this world needed was another linky party 🙂
And it’s going to be here. Tuesday, May 29. And I’m featuring my concrete paver project reveal. Bring your gardens and decks and concrete pavers and get your linky on.
PS I’m trying to arrange a marriage over at View Along the Way today. Stop by and tell the built-ins hi.
PPS Oh….and I forgot to tell you. If you’re going to the farmhouse and you run into Illinois….you’ve gone too far 🙂