The Progression of a Backyard Through the Years

2009-2022

We moved to this location in 2009. The backyard had an above ground pool, which we did not want. The seller said he had a buyer for it, so when we moved in, it was gone.

This left a large area of muddy, gravely ground. I tilled the area for several days, using an old, borrowed John Deere tiller (made in the ’60’s). There was a lot of gravel to rake up.

A block retaining wall needed repair, and after much preparation, the area was ready for plants and a bench.

The results are below, with photos showing the changes over the years as the trees we planted grew and shaded the yard.

backyard before

Back yard showing location where above-ground pool was

Downtown Scenes

The City of Frederick was founded in 1745 by German settlers.

Evangelical Lutheran Church. One of the “clustered spires” mentioned in the poem “Barbara Frietchie” by John Greenleaf Whittier.
The clustered spires of Frederick stand / Green-walled by the hills of Maryland.”

 

“The Edge of Gravity.” This is actually painted on the wall by William Cochran.

A cigar store Indian.

Winchester Hall

Isabella’s outside tables

Isabella’s

Bird on the window sill. A detail from the wall painting below.

Another cigar store Indian.

Window with bird.
This is actually painted on the wall.

All Saints Episcopal Church.
Another one of the “clustered spires” mentioned in the poem “Barbara Frietchie” by John Greenleaf Whittier.

Part of the series “Angels in the Architecture” in downtown Frederick Md. Painted by artists William Cochran and Paul F. Wilson. This one is called “Earthbound”