Today I’m taking a look back at the Ponds before and sharing some photo’s you may have not seen.
If you are new to my blog, here’s a quick back story. My dad created The Ponds in 1953, well before I was born. As a little girl, I loved spending time at The Ponds, having cook outs and swimming. It was beautiful and my dad allowed visitors to fish in the ponds for a dollar a day.
Then during my teen age years, the property was leased to someone outside the family. This lease lasted for approx. 25 years until we acquired the property.
I never dreamed that one day The Ponds would belong to me and my husband. I also never dreamed we would one day live here.
We started work on the property in 2006 and it was a wilderness.
This is a view of what is now our patio area and bar in front of the outdoor kitchen.
The previous boat dock is the only thing identifiable.
the Ponds Outdoor Kitchen
This view of the old cabin was taken as we surveyed our new property for the first time, after so many year. It was suggested that it be bulldozed down. However, we had other plans.
The cabin was transformed into an outdoor kitchen and here’s a view from the front today. You can see more of how this area has developed over the years on DIY Outdoor Kitchen Before & After.
We moved a mobile home to this location in April of 2007. Our plan was to work on the property during weekends spent here in the country. We wanted to bring it back to it’s former glory.
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The Pier Before & After
The center pond had a pier that had fallen into the pond by the time we started our work.
Here is my mom and dad on the original pier in 1957. If you read Memories of Mom, you’ll see that this was before I was born also.
We rebuilt the pier and added a gazebo in 2009. This is taken just after the farmhouse was built in 2016. After working on the property for several years, we decided that we wanted to downsize and make The Ponds our home.
This was what the pond and yard looked like after the property was cleared of overgrown trees and brush.
We added a pool just above the middle pond and pier in 2017. After moving here full time, we wanted another area to entertain our family and friends.
We have been working on the property for approx. 19 years and we have been living here full time for just over 6 years. We lived in the guest cottage, aka mobile home, while the house was under construction.
Although we had spent most of our married life living in town, we don’t have any regrets about down sizing and moving to the end of the dirt road. This is our happy place.
Thanks for following along on my walk down memory lane.
Adventures at the end of the dirt road
This is a look back at all my adventures this past week.
I began getting my plans and ideas ready for Fall. I’m not ready to give up on summer yet, however I know that new fall decor will disappear off the shelves quickly. So I wanted to share some Budget Friendly Front Porch Ideas with you from the Christmas Tree Shop and That.
The pool area is perfect for an impromptu picnic!
Adventures off The Dirt Road
Each week there are so many wonderful blog posts and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.
I love old homes. The character and attention to detail is what is missing in most new construction homes these days. Take a mini tour of this beautiful home from Mary at Life at Bella Terra.
I love a cute potting bench and you can see how Jennifer at Cottage on Bunkerhill, up-cycled this potting bench here.
More Bits and Pieces
How to Shop the World’s Longest Yard Sale – I’d love to go. See Robyn at Robyn’s French Nest tips here.
See how my friend Ann from Dabbling & Decorating had the best luck finding FREE Thrifted items.
If you love repurposed decor, check out Cindy at Reinvented Delaware for these great Repurposed and Creative Home Decor ideas.
My two favorite gardening experts both shared some great information this week. Stacy Ling shared 7 Lessons She Learned About Growing Cut Flowers and Kim at Shiplap and Shells shared Transitioning The Garden from Summer to Fall. Both of these posts were very helpful.