Our backyard is small but perfectly formed.
Although we live in a house, our backyard is more a paved courtyard with all our grassiness at the front.
A legacy of sub-dividing our city’s middle suburbs, our block was cut in two before us and now a house occupies the space where the sprawling block used to be. But moving from the inner suburbs to be here, it still feels so roomy – like all the possible space we have, works harder somehow.
There is still room for a covered entertainment area (an Aussie backyard must), a 3×3 garden shed and the obligatory hills-hoist.
The sides of the yard were pebbled by a previous owner rendering them mostly inhabitable and a trap for a curious toddler who grew to love popping said pebbles in his mouth. I never took a photo of the pebbled areas, possibly because I disliked them so much.
But a couple of months ago, after a protacted decision making process we decided to get rid of those pebbles and lay down some Sir Walter turf.
Now, thanks to almost compulsive attention from Mr P (I call him the grass whisperer), the grass is thriving and our backyard seems bigger and friendlier with room for kids to kick a ball and roll in the lush grassiness while cold drinks are sipped in late afternoon shade.
There is still more to be done, a few more plants here and there and I dream of a stripey, french awning to protect us from some of the harsh, summer sun. But from where I sit, it’s pretty close to perfect.
STIHL is celebrating the Aussie Backyard this Australia Day in recognition that each and every backyard – from tiny courtyard or balcony, to 100 acre property represents the Australian way of life. Visit their page to check out the STIHL Backyard Heroes enjoying their backyard, and click over to like the Facebook page.
So, tell me about your backyard and what you love about it. What shenanigans you have planned for Australia Day this week? (there could even be a STIHL cap in it for you or the grass whisperer in your life!)