So instead, I weeded the entire back garden (approximately 2000sf), and watered the roses. Next, I painted the toolshed -- well, truth to tell, I started that project a week or so earlier. You see, the shed, way in the back corner, was dirty and had peeling paint and junk piled up against it and weeds growing around it -- and you couldn't see any of that due to the large shrubs blocking the view.
Last fall, though, I decided to rip out several shrubs to open up the space and make room for the new arbor. The shed was now exposed -- you can kind of see how ugly it looked in these photos:
In earlier weekends, I had pulled the weeds, cleared away the junk, scrubbed off the dirt, and scraped off the peeling paint. Then I found old paint tins inside the shed from previous projects -- two shades of blue, a sage green, and a pale yellow. I slapped it on the side of the shed as background colors, and whenever I had any left over, threw it on the front of the shed until I ran out.
Here's the front:
On Sunday I got out the acrylic paints left over from various mural painting projects and added a few details to the side, trying to keep it very simple (so that it wouldn't take very long!), and wound up with this:
Definitely an improvement, though I'm thinking it needs a boat, or a flock of pelicans in flight or both. Or maybe a woman walking a dachshund along the path?
And here is the long view of the back yard now, as seen from the porch:
Truman and I continued "relaxing" on Sunday afternoon by going to Shoreview Park for a walk/hike down to Hidden Lake. It was blissfully uncrowded and we enjoyed basking in the sunshine for quite some time. A lovely weekend all round!