I’m back to share with you our little secret of what’s been going on in our backyard. Remember where I decided to paint the basement wall only to come home to hubby digging up the backyard? Well this was only the beginning of our little construction projects, a retaining wall.
And yes I’m going to share with you all the ugly photos of the work being done because construction sites just aren’t staged or very tidy. Hubby has all his tools and things laying around while he’s completing the wall build. If you missed all the digging for this project you can see it here.
This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time but never got around to it, and I have no idea why hubby decided to start it when he did. I’m thinking he didn’t want to be outdone with my paint project, lol. And you’ll notice once the dirt was removed to add the retainer wall I have more painting to do. Luckily I have a little left and hopefully it’s enough to paint the portion that was unearthed with all the digging. (The wall is wet on the bottom side, and I love all the colors it brings out when it’s wet).
After the wall was up I decided to use the stone we had stockpiled on site from a previous job and create a planted dry creek bed along the top side of the wall. I was so fearful someone would walk into our backyard when it was dark and take a horrible fall over the wall. I thought having something planted there would be more noticeable than a big drop off.
When that didn’t seem like enough I added solar lights to illuminate the area. Wow I actually purchased nice glass lights, instead of the cheap plastic variety, and what a difference they make. They give of so much more light than the inexpensive ones, so I’m glad I picked them.
Now help me decide on how to hide the ugly electrical panel, and meter socket. We can enclose it with wood, or plant something in a whiskey barrel to hide it. I already have option one a potted olive tree, or option two would to be plant something that climbed up a trellis, or option 3 some form of evergreen tree. Tell me what you like best, and what you think would be easiest to maintain and also allow the meter reader to still do his job.