Wednesday, April 27, 2011
360 degrees on my back deck!
Here is my 360 degree view of my back deck as of today. This will all be changed as the summer progresses and I will share. Lots needs to be done out here and since the snow has only been gone maybe a week it has not been touched as far as making it more presentable, you get the REAL deal.
First shot is to the side of our house, you can see the roof of my Storybook cottage/studio and my “recovering from a hard winter” potted roses. As you can see our deck and rails need some TLC desperately!
I am turning to my right as I photograph (in case you could not figure that out). You can see the sun is just rising over the trees and highlighting the mountain in the background. Funny how I don’t notice the power lines until I see them in the photos.
My freshly built potting bench which is a future post. We built this yesterday in about 3 hours. It was a lovely sunny day, finally! You can see my fresh cup of hot coffee sitting upon it, I gotta have my coffee first thing (even if it is decaf). Tulips are popping up in my barrel, the tall bent plant is a black bamboo, poor thing took a beating over the winter. The roof line behind the barrel is my chicken pen. Our lot is a downslope.
Oh this is pretty! Our now dead beloved fancy, dancy dutch door stainless steel refrigerator that my husband moved to the back deck rather than hauling off to the dump. (he promised to haul it off on our next cleaning day)
No one told us that the power surges and brown outs would kill the compressor. Hint to everyone, put a power surge protector on your refrigerator! With the heavy snows we had this winter we had tons of surges and brown outs. Sigh! I miss my big fridge, we are using a loaner now, it is apartment sized, and though I am oh so grateful for it I still do miss the room I had in this one.
I need to explain this little raised section, this used to be a metal roof over the heater and water heater room, I had a local builder put this section of decking over it so we could utilize this space rather than look down at a roof. We had thought to put a hot tub here but never did. In the background you see the back of our garage and the woodshed roof.
Our fountain, this gets plugged in in the summer, the hummers use the falling water as a shower, it is quite comical to watch. The window is to my kitchen and it is nice to listen to the fountain flowing as I do my chores inside. We turned the patio table (to the far left) down for the winter, good thing too or it would’ve collapsed under the weight of the snow we had this year. I need to clean it and set it up.
The back slider. This looks into the dining area and living room. You can see the orange glow of the fire going in the woodstove. It was a nippy 36 degrees this morning. The fire removes the chill from the house until the sun is fully up. Tyler the cat thinks he needs to be fed.
And now we are about where we started. This side porch wraps around to join the front. The gutter was ripped down by the snow. Another thing to fix! Our poor little cottage has been beat to heck lately. It needs a lot of lovin’.
I hope you enjoyed my little 360 degree tour of my back deck. Come back in a couple months and we will do this again and you shall see how I spruce it up! And I will post about the potting bench!
Ps: I gotta ask..does the wording for a photo go better above or below the photo it is explaining??