For the first time since we moved to Yarrow more than a decade ago the front area around our sign is finished. Through the years as our various signs have been shuffled around and the grades adjusted because of the house construction meaning the landscaping around the sign has always been temporary. Each time we finished our work I threw down some grass seed but the weeds always were dominant. Moving the area regularly made it look passible but I always knew we would eventually plant a nice manicured lawn with some proper landscaping. Like everything in life it simply had to wait until the time was right.
Today at last the last of the turf was laid around our sign and in the area between it and the house. There is still some work to do on the other side of the driveway and on the east side of the front yard but the sign at last looks great with the fresh green.
Tomorrow Becke will source the last of the flowers and shrubs for the flower bed behind the sign. I can hardly wait to see it done.
Here's a few more pictures of the completed Cultus Lake Adventure Park. We visited briefly today and it continues to be busy with lots of smiling faces.
One of our many challenges in designing the park was to integrate it into the existing Giggle Ridge Adventure Golf. It works very well and guests (especially young ones) who pay golf can't wait to go to the new park when they are done and sample some of the rides they can clearly see while they play golf.
The plantings sure dress up the work we did and make the park a very enjoyable and relaxing place.
The Wilderness Adventure area is a whole world, separated from the park by elevation as it is set into a wonderful valley. I take my pictures when the park is not yet open but usually this area is bustling with lots of very active and happy kids.
This is one of my favorite views in the park, taken from a tunnel looking South towards the Trading Post.
And here's a shot taken from the opposite side looking North.
This is the park at rest, with most of the shots taken before the park opens. It's fun to relax and walk through when all is quiet and still. I can't ever walk through without a grin on my face. This next photo sums things up nicely.
Each day one more piece of the giant jigsaw puzzle is put into place. Although the work done each day is relatively the same, sometimes the changes we see are subtle and other days it looks like a big deal. Today it looked like a big change.
Peter and the crew were working on one of our gateposts in the driveway. Today the concrete was applied and the carving was skillfully handled. I was busy for the most part in a number of meetings and at my design desk. My hands-on efforts were not required for the Pete and the crew did a marvelous job.
A gate is critical on our property. Security is not the primary issue. It is a matter of privacy as people can't seem to keep themselves from driving up our driveway to get a good look if they are able. It happens many times each day if the gates are left open. But, like the house and shop we simply couldn't settle for ordinary looking gates and posts. They had to be just a little over the top and also match the house.
The carving looks great with wonderful details like the hearts snuck into the design in a number of places. The hole through the center is for the paper boy to stuff the news paper, saving him a bunch of steps to the house.
Once the tree is all painted up we'll plant some flowering vines to grow up to the top and then spread their foliage over our sculpture bringing it to life in the process. It's going to be pretty cool when it's finished. Well done crew!
With only a few days now left before the wedding preparations are in full swing. Concrete sidewalks and decks around the yard are in place. The driveway sports fresh pavement and most areas of the house exterior are now complete. The last of the sod comes tomorrow and a few last flowers and shrubs will follow. But not just yard work is being done. There are of course some special preparations being made to ensure Hailey and Peter's day is extra special. One such item is a stone portal which will be moved to their property after the wedding. For the ceremony it will serve as the backdrop for the celebration. Last week Peter and the crew were busy welding, wiring and mudding the giant structure. It was allowed to cure over the weekend and today the painting process was begun.
Tomorrow we'll carefully fill in the soil and tamp fresh sod around the base to make it look like the arch has been there forever. Excitement is building as we make the final preparations for the big day.