I began the day in the lower garden dragging sumac branches out of the woods. I was ready to begin the project. But first I needed stop and photograph this Spicebush butterfly. Then I needed to ask Daniel to please help me create my vision!
I am often told by my daughters that I think too much. Today I believe my thinking paid off! For the past year I have been envisioning a rustic arbor with a bench beneath.
Last year when we thinned the sumac I saved the trunks hoping to use them in this project. I had a design in mind. Today Daniel and I attempted to work together to create this design.
I must say, he did an amazing job! I measured, he cut, I placed the wood and he placed the screws. I had wanted to place the arbor in the lower garden near the labyrinth, but looking up and seeing past storm damage, I think branches will be falling. So it was placed in the middle garden.
Upon returning to the deck and a glass of wine, I saw on the fireplace wood a praying mantis. I can never get enough photos of this astounding creatures!
I ended the day watching a local farmer drive his newly bailed hay up to his barn, I love living in the country, ENJOY . . .