Construction of my first bridge: The legend begins!

Suzassippi Bridge

I have been reading items of interest lately on how bridges get named, and alternative options. I have never particularly thought I had done anything that earned me the honor of having a bridge named after me. But then, after reading about so many other “undeserving” (depending of course, on whose opinion) people who had bridges named for them, I hit on a new idea: If I build the bridge, I can name it what I want!

In looking at ideas for landscaping the front yard after the retaining wall is finished, and considering what to do with Libby’s former kennel which will soon be the Suzassippi Nature Conservatory for Women of a Certain Age and their Cats, I ran across a beautiful photograph of a yard on a sloped hill…and one thing just led to another. My bridge kit arrived Sunday, and today, I finally had an opportunity to put it together.

The bridge (soon to be) over Suzassippi Creek
The Suzassippi Bridge over the Suzassippi Creek

This is not the front yard; I do not have a creek running across the front yard. This is the back yard, where it was trenched for the new water line. This involved removing grass and ground cover, and now, thanks to copious amounts of rain this time of year, is now a giant mud pit with a river running through it. Every time R would go out with Steffi, he would complain about his shoes getting wet and muddy. I hauled rock and gravel to fill in the space between the end of the sidewalk and the section between the house and fence–which had to be dug up to run electric lines in addition to the water line. It still was not enough, thanks to the Suzassippi Creek.

The bridge has been erected!

R has taught Steffi “wipe your feet” when she comes in, and she will give them a pass over the doormat, which at least removes some of the mud. I figured if he could do that, he could teach her to walk over the bridge rather than through the muddy creek/river. Eventually, we will get it re-sodded there, but for now, my bridge is temporarily residing here. And now, I have one last bag of pea gravel to distribute…before the 2 inches of rain tomorrow raises the river again. As usual, “it’s always something.”

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32 Responses to Construction of my first bridge: The legend begins!

  1. It is beautiful, and the name perfect! You have inspired me now.

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  2. I love the name of your conservatory! And I am envious of your bridge. I didn’t know you could get one in a kit. Would love to have one but I don’t have a creek in my yard either. Yours looks good!

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Thank you Jo Nell. I got this one from Lowe’s. I will not have a creek in the front once I move it, or when/if I just get another bridge. But I like it, and I shall put it at the entrance to the conservatory…perhaps with a solar powered bird fountain by it. 🙂

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  3. Betty says:

    This bridge is most impressive! Well done! The rock path and the bridge just invite you to walk this way!

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  4. nces13 says:

    Great job! That bridge is wonderful!

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  5. Katie says:

    I love this!

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  6. Julia says:

    I love your bridge! What a creative way to solve your water issues!

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  7. I love your bridge!!

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  8. I’ve always wanted a yard with a creek and a little bridge. Well done!

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  9. peggy says:

    As they say in Arkansas – ” You done good girl!”

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  10. Beth says:

    I love it and the fact that it is moveable!

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  11. frony says:

    Good job, I really like your bridge.

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  12. Hey Suzassippi, there is a bridge here in Roatan, just down the way, almost exactly like yours. I’ll have to show you!

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