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Mesquite Patio is DONE!

mesquite patio austin txI've finished my most recent home project, the new patio area we created around a Mesquite tree.  I started pruning it a few years back, the tree responded well. It used to be low and shrubby, now it stands tall. The area was a giant pile of weeds, stones and wood scraps from the initial land clearing for construction. I'd tried to hire a landscape company to level it and install the metal border, but the job was turned down.

Out of frustration, I pledged to move a square yard a day over the summer. I started each day before it got too hot. Eventually the area was level. The kids and I hauled stones up to create a retaining wall. I installed the 1/4 inch steel edging. Kat planted the succulents, I laid the sod. Kat, my Mom and I laid the giant (40x48) stone pavers and I hauled in 3k lb of pebbles, and a ton of sand.... We had a few friends over for the first evening spent in the new area.


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I also built a combination LP powered fire pit and ice box. One side is a wheel so it can easily be moved.  The top is made from granite, the sides are teak (all recycled) and the frame is steel.

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I finally opened the Cerise de Terre (Ground Cherry Ice Cider from laconfiture.ca). TSA relived me of this delicacy on our flight home back in 2014. We returned to Montreal to buy it once again this summer. I can now say, IT"S GOOD! I enjoyed some with brie that evening, and a bit on French Toast the following morning.

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