I've determined that people either love or hate yard work. For me, the words mowing, edging, feeding, weeding, seeding, watering, clipping, snipping, planting, digging, are music to my ear. Yard work is my insatiable passion. My dream would be 1) to live five-hundred miles farther south so the growing season would be longer, 2) to have stadium lights installed in my backyard so I could work all night. Only those who share this 'love' understand or could even conceive of such a notion.
True gardeners can pinpoint their genetic penchant for gardening on their family tree. My maternal grandmother was quit well known for her beautiful flower beds, and my paternal grandfather farmed by the turn of the moon, everything was planted, pruned, preened according to a set, prescribed time frame. The one I remember and faithfully adhere to has to do with pruning of trees and shrubs...true gardeners love to prune...here's the rule - plants should only be pruned in months containing the letter 'r'... pruning in May, June, July, and August will send most trees and some shrubs into shock.
"God created rainy days so gardeners could get their housework done" Author Unknown. I use rainy days to sort through my gardening magazines and rip out pages to add to my file of future projects. The idea for the sandpit and the fire pit (see pics below) were both rainy-day ideas...both are used regularly.
My back yard makes me smile. I hope you enjoy the tour.