I’m so excited, today’s the day that our landscaping project begins. I am bartering with a landscaping company for a series of family portraits, and in exchange we are getting some landscaping done in the front and back areas. This is badly needed, as the front area has become cluttered by overgrown trees and dead or dying shrubbery. Our backyard is very narrow, with a retaining wall set against a hillside that slopes up. That hillside is a hideous sight to behold! Geoff mentioned recently that the weeds that had sprung up recently looked “nice” and “much better than the barren dirt and rocks view” we enjoyed last summer. I’m VERY very excited to see how it all turns out. I’m a big fan of lavender, gardenias, lilacs and jasmine and would go wild with those plants everywhere, but Geoff but the kabosh on that ideas pretty early on, but I’m going to try to sneak a few lavender plants in the front area at least. It’s my absolute favorite fragrance. I love the idea of bartering, as we would not normally be splurging on landscaping otherwise. I love bartering! We’ve actually done a few barters in the past…a dentist got a fabulous album upgrade and Brittainie got braces. We also did a barter with a home theatre specialist for some equipment at wholesale costs. I’m actually hoping to find a few more opportunities for bartering this year…anything home improvement related such as drapery, stonework, windows, kitchen countertops, painting or even possibly the use of a vacation home. If you are interested in bartering for family portraits, or wedding photography (or product) let me know!