One of the first landscaping projects we took on when we moved to our house in Natalia back in 2010 was to build a fire pit back away from the back of the house. We set up some lawn-chairs and found ourselves enjoying the evenings around the fire, listening to deer try to sneak through the trees behind us unnoticed.
Our good dog, Gracie would find a cool spot and lay there napping as we enjoyed a few beers and appreciate the lack of the sirens, traffic, and just the noise you hear in a neighborhood in the city. It was as if you had found yourself on an island without going on vacation, and the fact that we had used landscaping materials to create a separated feature from the rest of the yard, the name, Stoney Island, just took.
When we moved to Helotes and traded our beautiful space for a much smaller yard for the convenience of being closer to grandkids, we tried to recreate that same feel, and it was nice, but frankly, as much as we liked our neighbors, you have that sense of people being on top of you all the time. It just isn't the same.
So now, back out here, over the last few weekends, ten bags of quickcrete, three full yards of decayed crushed granite, and lots of sore muscles, we have finally gotten this version of the island up and running.