Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What Nerve


Front yard, May 2010


Front Yard, late 2007 or early 2008


Ok, this isn't an entirely fair comparison because one of these photos is from May and the other is hard to pinpoint exactly but was taken sometime between November and, uh, February several years ago, and you can see that we had already dug in our first three small beds. B found the older photo through google street maps, and when he pulled it up on our computer we both just sat there quite honestly feeling a little stunned (we don't have any before photos of our own because some meanie stole my laptop while we were off getting married). Yah, we dug up the entire effing yard, cheers. When we moved in there was one tiny bed in front of the porch, and today there are five garden beds, a strawberry bed, an asparagus bed, a raised bed, a flower bed, a shade bed, a cherry tree, a peach tree, two rain barrels, and NO GRASS. You couldn't have sold us that bill of work in one go, no way no how. Just looking at the old photo brings back sod rolling and compost shoveling and wood chip slinging. Really what looking at these photos does is swamp me with an insane amount of love for my husband. This grand patch of dirt is our romance, right there in the front yard. It's where he proposed to me, it's where we realized that we were two people who both really liked to knuckle down and bust ass, it's where we go to clear cluttered heads, it's where we work to turn the visions in two brains into one that honors both minds. We say it all the time: "I would never have pulled this off without you." For real.

13 comments:

Anna Allen said...

wow. wow wow. that is totally f-ing amazing. you guys should be proud of yourselves. that is awesome!

Anonymous said...

I love your love for each other. You two rock!

Chiot's Run said...

Love love love it! Great job liberating that lawn!

We're in the process of adding veggies to the front garden, our neighbors keep asking what we're doing. We're growing cover crops right now because the soil is really bad. I'm hoping to get in 3 rounds of cover crops and be ready to plant next spring.

Sarah said...

What an inspirational pair of pictures!

Especially as I'm currently in the process of trying to sort out my garden (its an overgrown mess on full of broken patios, bricks and trees...) and i don;t know where to start. Your pictures put a bit of perspective on it (and make me think that I should try not to argue with my husbandtobe about it either!)

Mieke said...

It takes some guts to do this in the front yard. But you guys are an example for the neighborhood !

Heather said...

Anna, you too girl! I swooned over the goodies in your shop and peered at the calendar for the day when I'll fit in such things again.

Chiot - some of our neighbors thought we were nuts too; the eldest resident even chastised us soundly. Just wait, you'll show them. Good luck with the soil!

Sarah - I will confess that not every decision we made stood the test of time; things were dug up and moved, we both regret running the beds the direction we chose, etc. Just keep digging....

Thanks Mieke!

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cake said...

i love studying the current photo. it is the closest i can get to an actual garden tour. so lovely.

if we were your neighbors, we'd be nonchalantly sauntering past your place, on a daily basis, checking the progress of the garden, and hoping to catch you two out there so we could talk vegetables with you.

Mary W said...

And here I though we were the only ones with rain barrels in front of our house. Very cool transformation.

karl said...

first time visiting,

i know what you mean. our little farm is such a labor of love. our love for each other has blossomed but only through the extraordinary amount of effort.

exerting great effort affords great appreciation.

very cute idyllic little home you have there.

k-)

judith said...

one of my favorite pictures ever. you have used all you are to make your own peace and joy. you (plural) (going on more plural) make my heart glad.

Zarah Maria said...

Plain awesome, methinks :)

jonathan said...

hello, today my sweet heart and i were on a long walk around west asheville and were admiring a whole front yard garden. "hey" i said, "i know this house i read a blog by the person who lives here." and that felt a little creepy. i thought i should go ahead and introduce my self instead of just happening upon your house and staring at it. we went to school together sort of. i think i entered antioch when you were a fourth year or something. anyway i actually can't quite figure out who you were at antioch, but some other kids we went to school with suggested i check out your blog and i've been following it for about a year and a half now. so hello, my name is jonathan

Heather said...

Heya Jonathan, nice to meet you and thanks for the note. Say hello the next time you pass by!

Heather