Patio in Place

This long weekend, we celebrated our independence by toiling hard, sweating lots, puzzling, planning and plenty of flopping (on the ground, the nearest chair, the hammock). But, after moving (by hand) over three tons of flagstone and about a ton-and-a-half of sand we went from this:

Patio (Before)

to this:

Flagstone Patio

(Virginia is pushing between the stones a mixture of sphagnum moss + water + dirt + moss from our yard. With the shade, a good amount of moisture, time and some luck we should have some nice moss growing between them.)

Our new patio has been in the works for two years. We had plans to do it last summer, but around this time I was just undergoing my third consolidation treatment followed by several weeks in the hospital. Needless to say, I was in no condition to lift anything, let alone play in the dirt.

Flagstone Patio

Not anymore. However, I think we’re ready to not lift anything for awhile; to sit back and enjoy some summer evenings with a small fire and a glass of wine. (I guess I still need to get some furniture built — my uncle gave me plans for his quite comfortable adirondack chair — but we’ll improvise until then).

5 Replies to “Patio in Place”

  1. It’s just stunning. Great job!

  2. looks great! if you don’t feel like building those chairs, my uncle makes them – they even ship them.

  3. Wow! That’s great. We have trouble growing grass in our backyard given the shade and the heavy use. I would love to have a beautiful patio like this. Great work!

  4. Get job!!! I wish my husband was that ambitious…I have to settle for a concrete slab. 🙁

  5. Looks great! It seems you were able to manage despite the heat. I am quite envious of your backyard.

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