Welcome to Cranky Puppy Farm!

This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Follow the Flagstone Road?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Now that's it cooler, J. and I decided to spend the day tackling the flagstone path that I wanted to put between the two garden beds and leading up to the coop.  We picked up the flagstone earlier in the summer when it was 98 degrees and quickly decided that it was way too hot to work on laying it down.

The path had grown up with some grass and weeds, despite the fact that I had laid down thin plywood over most of it.  So we spent some time shoveling that up and trying to level the space.  If the path looks tilted in the picture, that's because it is.  The whole backyard has a slight slope toward the street and we decided to keep that to help with run off.  I certainly don't want puddles or ice accumulating on the path!

Even with all our prep work, we still had to hand-level each and every stone.  We discovered half-way through that we only had enough stone to finish about half of the path, so we headed off to pick up some bigger stones.  It took about an hour to get all of these laid (in between conversations with interested neighbors).  Then we put new dirt between them and planted some new grass.

I think the colors in this stone are really beautiful and complement the color of the coop.  What do you think?


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