May 29, 2007

A hanging terrain in Chapel Hill

This looks like just another retaining wall in North Carolina, right?
Until you see the how & why!

Mac started playing pétanque in Wisconsin, and ordered his first set of boules from us in 1998. When he and Jenny recently moved here they felt that no home is complete without a pétanque terrain in the backyard.

But when your backyard looks more like a ski slope than a football field you have to be creative.

So the past winter they built this wall, curved around one and a quarter side of the house, filled it up and below you see the result. The right surface, steps away from the kitchen (and the fridge!), and shady. A little oasis of peace.
We tried it out together and had a great afternoon.
Gracious hosts too: they let my son and me win.

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