We almost forgot that we need to downsize outside as well.
We can keep very few "outdoor toys" now that we've moved from Winn Farm . . .
This is the size of our garden area now. It's perfect for our current lifestyle but did force us to make some tough decisions about what to get rid of and what to keep.
This cement bench is one of my favorites, a keeper. Many others had to go.
This statue of a geisha moved with us as well. She offers birdseed to the chickadees and cardinals . . . if the squirrels don't get there first!
We placed her under this beautiful weeping cherry tree (sakura), a "gift" from the previous owner of our unit, who planted it years ago.
Our little red house is surrounded by mature lilac bushes. I love this white one, which is just starting to bloom.
In the woods behind our farmhouse, I had placed rocks along the path as a way to remember friends and family who were no longer with us. I just couldn't leave them behind.
I even decided to paint some new ones . . .
Although I have no idea what I'll do with them yet. I'm sure an idea with come!
Instead of a screened porch, flagstone patio, and pool surround, we now have one small deck.
There isn't much room to display "yard art" but I managed to hang a few things . . . a "Beach" sign from LL Bean, a lobster buoy (after all, this is Maine!), and some old garden tools. Every garden needs a little rust!
The final step was the most work . . . spreading this huge truckload of bark mulch over all of the gardens surrounding the house. I'm thankful that DH has such a strong back.
After a week of downsizing, sorting, repairing, weeding, digging, planting, watering and trips to the town dump, I was ready for a break.