Saturday, 17 March 2012

The 'Backyard' Blitz

Today was amazing, exciting and overwhelming all at once.  At 6.30 the first landscapers knocked on the doors with their wheelbarrows and shovels in their hands, ready to start on the retaining wall.  It was still dark (and cold!) outside, so I turned on the back flood light so they could actually see and within the next half an hour about fifeteen more professional landscapers arrived with trucks, equipment and supplies on hand.

It was absolutely incredible to watch them work.  Martin had not only done an amazing job in designing our garden, but also in coordinating so many people at once.  They were all members of the Tasmanian Association of Landscapers and everyone was assigned to their particular area and it was amazing to watch them work.  If I didn't take photos every twenty minutes or so I missed something as it all came together so fast.

My brothers Eden and Jared and friend Sam also came along to help by digging post holes and building a fence. Martin knew just the kind of fence he wanted to tie in with the Japanese garden he had designed for the front.  Kobe had the best time having a go in the Bobcat with the operator Danny.

One of the most exciting things was watching the lawn being rolled out! It was such a dream to have some beautiful green lawn after just having an awful patch of weed out the back.

While all the landscapers were working hard on the outside, Lisa, Simone and Mum helped with getting morning tea organised (thank you to Andi and Nicole the amazing Cupcake Fairy, who also helped with feeding the hungry workers). Once morning tea was finished, they then cleaned all of my windows, inside and out. It was just a waste of time washing the outside of them before as they just got dirty and dusty all the time as we had no garden.

Martin had a great idea to raise up the cubby house that was built by students at Kings Meadows High School, over the sandpit.

They weren't impressed with my hills hoist clothesline that was taking up a lot of my yard, so they organised a new clothesline that is now up against the fence.  It isn't as big as my old one obviously, but it's nice and hidden away, and to be honest a family of four has a lot less washing than a family of six. That is one thing I have noticed a lot since Noah and Aaron passed away.

Another awesome thing was a sprinkler system that they set up to water both the garden and the lawn.  As soon as they went on the lawn Kobe was so excited and decided he had to run through it - clothes and all! He later on decided it was worth getting his bathers on for.

I'm so blown away that Aaron's cousin Tracey and daughter Jessi-Rose were able to organise such an amazing thing to happen.  To have my whole garden done in the one day, by so many professional people is just a dream come true. I was so happy today watching it all come together, but then so sad at the same time to know why it was happening. I wished things were different and would live forever without a landscaped yard if I could have Noah and Aaron back, but I know that's not possible.    So many people ask me how they can help, and I always say there is nothing that they can do, as it's true but this was definitely something that has helped me and the boys, and wasn't something I ever dreamed to be possible.

Because so many people and businesses had donated time, equipment and supplies to go towards the garden we knew it was important that they be recognised so tonight the Southern Cross news ran a story about it. They said it was nice to have a good news story to report on and I'm so glad that the Tasmanian Association of Landscapers were able to be recognised as they were so generous and kind in what they did for us today. Other businesses had also donated to help feed the volunteers including Coles and Boags. 

Martin thought it was important to have as much space in the yard for the boys to play, so we decided together to move the rockery that Aaron had built, and placed the flowering cherry tree over in the other garden against the fence.  They also extended the beds out that Aaron built and just added more plants into it, and it looks beautiful.

In one day the yard has gone from this...

To this!

Now to just get the builder back to finish off the rendering at the back, and the house will finally be finished!

I still need to paint the fence, but that will give me a project to do.

The Japanese garden in the front has special significance as it was designed to represent our family.  The Japanese maple tree was given to us when Noah passed away and has been there since then.  The maple therefore represents Noah, and the three rocks under him are the three boys,  They are facing the 'cradle rock' which represents me and the tree next to that rock represents Aaron as Aaron and Noah will both  be watching over me and the three boys. It was so beautiful of Martin to think of so many special things when designing the garden, and he also used the rocks that we got from Pop's river and included them in the front garden.

It's hard to actually believe that it's really happened, and there were a few tears today as the reality set in on what a huge thing they had done for me and my boys.  I'll never be able to repay them for being so kind and I know that Aaron and Noah would've been looking down today, so happy to know that so many people are showing so much love and kindness to us right now.

Tonight Harri was looking out the window and said 'it makes me really happy whenever I look out there'. Thank you so much Tracey and Jessi-Rose for being so kind and wanting to help us in such an amazing way. 


  1. WOW!!!! That is amazing Lisa - what an awesome transformation! Love the symbolism of the rocks (especially because you and the boys are such ROCKS!) Now get out there and have some fun before winter sets in - have fun painting the fence!!! So happy for you xxxxx

  2. Pete was telling me off about not being in bed yet but I told him I was looking at your blog and he was like "ok then!" We were both excited to see the transformation and I agree with Toni about you guys being 'Rocks.' I love Japanese Gardens and think the guys have done a top job - they have kept the style authentic but have personalised it to your family. What an amazing day. You must be so so overwhelmed. I love Harri's comment about loving the garden. May the beauty of your home and garden bring joy to you and your boys. xxx

  3. I had several moments of tears today at the house. You are so deserving, especially because you believe that you don't deserve it. That makes you deserve it more. It's such an amazing place now, inside and out. I hope you feel them close to you. xo

  4. I love the garden, and I love the symbolism in it, but when I look at the garden, I think of the incredible kindness and the talents of those wonderful men who gave of their time and talents to you and the boys.
    Bless them all.
    A big thanks to Tracey and Jessi-Rose for being bold enough to ask these wonderful people if they could help in some way.
    They sure did!!!!!!
    Enjoy the garden,I hope it brings a lot of happiness to you and the boys.
    Love Mum.

  5. Wow Lisa! It looks fantastic! :D It is nice to see so many people come together to help someone else out.

  6. Beautiful, I hope it becomes a place of peace & solitude for many years to come. What a beautiful reminder to all, that love & service still exist in the world today - sending love & prayers your way, hugs from Utah!

  7. You have angels in Heaven & on earth...May God Bless you all. Amen.

  8. It's so beautiful Lisa. I'm happy you have one less thing to worry about.
    Such loving people surround you.
    Hugs from Florida USA.

  9. Lisa,

    It looks marvelous! If only Aaron and Noah could enjoy it with you :(

    I guess it is one way of lightening your load. i thinkof your family often.

  10. That's enough to restore a person's faith in humanity! (Not that I had lost mine...I think most people are good at heart.) But I love seeing it.

    And every time you look out and see that yard, you will know how much you are loved and be comforted.[

    I really like the symbolism of the Japanese garden, too.


  11. The yard looks great. Love the trees and rocks in the front yard and the symbolism they represent. You and your family are loved by people all over the world. Stay strong and God bless your family and all of your friends who helped today.

    Kristi, Tigard, OR, USA

  12. Lisa, I am so thrilled for you! This is absolutely beautiful! What a difference and how kind of all of these people to do this for you. Wonderful post! p.s. I love the Japanese garden and how it represents your family.

  13. Beautiful! What a lovely place for you and the boys to relax now Lisa. LOVE this community!

  14. Every woman's dream - a big job started and finished in the same day. It looks gorgeous and so functional. There is so much thought in it's design. Enjoy!

  15. it is beautiful, I love how the garden has such symbolism for your family. hugs

  16. ahhh so fantastic xxx all of it x

  17. fudge - Darby (Chels)

  18. How wonderful! So kind of so many to make this happen for you and the boys. You and your family are obviously well loved in your community judging by how much so many want to help, just heartwarming.

  19. Wow, what a day! Can't wait to see it in person.

  20. It all looks so amazing. You and the boys deserve all the love and support that generous people are extending to you. God bless them. I hope it all helps a little.

  21. Wow that looks awesome!! Very happy for you and your boys xxx

  22. I can't get over how quickly it was all transformed. Such a beautiful job for such a beautiful family. XX xxxx

  23. Hi Guys, this really is a nice blog, you guys are very brave.
    I helped out with the retainer wall on the Saturday morning. I think I may of woken up the household a fraction before 6.30am.

    It was great to be involved in and I am so glad you like the work and efforts of the members of the Landscape Industries Association of Tasmanias accredited contractors and suppliers.

    I hope everything goes well for you guys.

    Jade Child


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