Sunday, July 30, 2006

Changed the web page address

One comment on chagrin - in searching for a better address for the blog (it was "backyardoasislady" but since the site is about the oasis and not about the lady I wanted an address that focused appropriately) I ran into some difficulty. "Backyardoasis" was taken, no problem. "Backyardparadise" also taken, but here - chagrin: The blog was created 2 years ago and has only one post (the original post) that is only one line long . . . "day 1: wow! - where do i start". Hardly seems fair. So in the absence of recourse, I settled for "ourownoasis" because that, in fact, is what it is all about. :)

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Maybe some day I'll come back and sort things out so the story plays out better. I spend most of my spare time actually in the oasis, not on-line. The view from my office (overlooking the pond) is always present, tempting me to go out and be a part of the glorious celebration of nature. Beautiful flowers, butterflies, birds . . . and a bit of yard art for supplemental entertainment. Keep your eyes open, because there's visual candy from any angle.

I'll also need to come back with at least a short video (which can be looped for extended pleasure) to provide some idea of the symphony which accompanies these views. Birds, windchimes, the babbling brook and waterfalls to further delight the senses. An occasional waft of jasmine on the summer breeze adds to the stimulation.

If you've noticed - I'm a fan of my own backyard. I hope to find you a member of the club by the time you finish perusing this page. Enjoy!
Start of a 360 tour of the pool. When walking out of the west side of the sunroom, the lucky visitor is greeted with this view. Unfortunately, because of the order I loaded the pictures, as you drop from the top of this page, references are inverted. When you see a comment like "closer", this is in reference to an image poster lower on this page. Posted by Picasa
A nestled bed of portulaca seen from the far side of the pool. In the background, you can see the far side of the pond (upper left corner) and our new patio furniture. The hot tub speaks for itself. Posted by Picasa
Further around and closer up: Posted by Picasa
And from further around on the side.... The palm trees are going to grow to 80'. At the base, you can see some of the nautical artifacts collected from our last trip to Port Aransas. The aqua colored rope around the sand flower bed was a major coup! I'm sure those who witnessed our recovery of this item will be telling folks about the idiot tourists for years to come. What you can't appreciate from this picture is that the rope is 20' long and about 4" in diameter. Wet, it weighed more than I care to think about. We transported this from St. Jo's island to our truck via the jet ski. Posted by Picasa
A close-up of the side view. This is actually the back of the waterfall that feeds the river. I took this picture with the palm trees immediately to my left. A lighthouse sits on top of the waterfall. Portulaca and a variety of cacti and succulents cover the side of the rocky slope. At the base, to the right of the turtle, are purple pepper plants. At the center of the left edge, you can see one of the plethora of birdhouses.Posted by Picasa
A birdhouse village - miniatures. There are 7 small birdhouses visible in this shot (although only the roof is showing for one so maybe I shouldn't count it). There are at least 30 birdhouses of various shapes and sizes located around the yard. The idea is to help create the sense of beach houses, which (at least in the Port Aransas area) are often brightly colored and artful in nature. Posted by Picasa
From the back and side..... You can just see the palm leaves on the right. The trees are just out of view. Posted by Picasa
A close-up of another hybiscus. The rope you see looped in the lower right corner was a "find" from St. Joseph's island. The plant on the right is a Frangipani which produces the flower used to create leis. This one is not flowering yet, but I have my hopes up. I mention this flower explicitly because of the self-gratuity I find in the name. I love this hybiscus because it is producing flowers that are as big as the whole plant. Posted by Picasa
Perspective from behind the hill.  Posted by Picasa
A view from the bridge. Butterfly bushes on the left, a variety of tropicals on the right. See the birdhouse? Posted by Picasa
Hybiscus in front of the waterfall and river. Posted by Picasa

The photo doesn't do it justice. This image is a northern view of the pool/river as you approach the bridge. Along the bank of the river, there is a row of day lilies which have recovered from the transplanting and are back in bloom. Posted by Picasa

The next image is a view to the east, showing the pond at the base of the river (not seen is a small waterfall on the left that feeds the pond). There is still a bit of work to be done to finish up the pond area. By nightfall, I'll have added mulch to the flower beds. The area in front of the pond (not shown) is under construction. We're adding a bog pit to help with filtration (as you can see, the pond water appears murky).

A bed of portulaca nestled between the pool, hot tub and deck. Posted by Picasa

Maybe a little crazy

This is a picture of the moonflower, which opens around dusk and is gone by around 10 a.m. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Pictures of the Oasis

The pictures in this particular entry were all taken with an XPS M1210 notebook computer. Really cool camera.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Willing to give it a try

Once upon a time there was a great big back yard. Just a big green expanse of lawn. But from the first day we saw it, we knew....

and here we are in the early stages. Yes, of course! A swimming pool and hot tub. But that's not all, no that's not all. We are also adding a sun room and a pond. Can you picture the oasis that this will become? The time frame is April. 'Tis Spring, and hopes are high. Visions of paradise are forming. One of the challenges was the perpetual need to reconcile the differing visions, but we always made it through the discussions, no matter how heated. Typically, whoever was breaking a sweat got the final vote on implementation details. We're blessed with a large lot, which allows for lots of win-win compromises with both ideas having room for implementation. Behind the property is a large kennel/cattle ranch and surrounding that, a large county park. We're on a corner/cul-de-sac and have an odd shaped lot, with 2 houses on one side and one on the other. We'd like to create the ambiance of a tropical resort, miles away from the 2 houses on one side and one on the other.