Besides Amanda's exams, the girls going to Grandma and Grandpas to see a play with a cousin, and Daniel's birthday yesterday, we were busy preparing our backyard to be shown in our local Horticulture Society Tour. One of our neighbours is on the Society board and asked if our yard could be added to the tour this year. I explained our gardens are young. Just a year old right now, so not established yet. But they still wanted us on their tour. So we said yes. We have spent a lot of time this past week (especially Dave since I was mom's taxi service driving children here, there and everywhere), weeding, staining fence and shed, polishing the BBQ and fridge to a shine. And putting decorative touches to the decor of the yard etc. The yard was ready to be shown. Friday night we were able to tour the other properties with the rest of the home-owners and some of the society members. We saw some stunning gardens that have been cultivated for over thirty years. Hopefully someday my gardens will be as full of gorgeous plants as the other ones.
Saturday was a busy day, we had 118 people come through our yard, we received all positive feedback on what we have done. And a number of people wanted to just sit on the patio and not finish the tour.
Since the yard was spotless for once, all pets and children were banned until 4 pm that day. Dave and I took various pictures of the yard through out the day, take advantage of it being show and picture ready. And what a perfect day it was for the Horticulture tour.
To dress up our table, since it was free of food and such, I picked up some tiny vases at Dollarama and added a daisy from my garden to each one. So pretty.
After the tour was over, it was time to break out the steaks, onion rings, shrimp for Daniel's birthday dinner. We had some family come over and the yard was no longer neat and tidy but cluttered and filled with laughter; which is why we built the yard in the first place.
Afterwards, when our company left, Dave and I crashed with some wine in front of the fireplace absolutely exhausted. But our day wasn't over yet, we had to pick Laura up from work at midnight, luckily she works here in town, so we didn't have to drive too far.