08/26/2013 by syrbal-labrys
It was a good weekend, needed work was done, though more awaits. Repainting and repairing things that needed maintenance before the fall rains come was a large part of the weekend. When we made the patio between the houses, the great and exhausting labor of the early summer, we had pallets left over. And since the two buildings joined by the new paving stone work were at different grades so leveling on a true sense was impossible, we managed this by making a railroad tie “boundary” so as to not bury the foundation of my little Haven. We cut up the pallets so the inward supports were fastened to the wall and the freed 1″ x 4″ boards form a handy shelf/bench all down the side of my house. Finally, this weekend, it got painted to match the house.
Then, a long existing bench on the north side of the big house was freshly enamel-coated to survive the wet this winter. The cedar planks it sits on will be pressure washed and non-skid tape applied before the fall rains. This bench was new built and hastily painted the week before my daughter’s August wedding almost ten years ago; and since a torrential rainstorm dropped almost 1 1/2 inches of rain that afternoon on her outdoor wedding (under a small pavilion) that bench hosted wedding photos of all the guilty parties lined up like suspects of the usual sort! It made for some uniquely hilarious wedding pictures.
And around the fire pit, which hosts no fires in dangerous August, the benches recycled from old fencing got a fresh coat of sky blue enamel. This color adorns the soffits of the house and trim around all the windows and it never fails to lift my spirits. I can’t wait till the fire marking the ritual year’s end in October.
And last, but not least, the hastily constructed fence to bar the dog from the vegetable garden and the Labyrinth, built of every left over bit of anything wooden — our “gypsy” fence, got much needed paint and sealant to keep it weatherproof. Obviously, I am not going for Better Homes and Gardens here; I like reuse of materials and worry less about straight lines and perfect squares and more about basic function. Much work remains, and a bit more painting. But for the muggy days of August, this was a good weekend’s work. A bit of rain rounded out the final hours of Sunday, and that bit of coolness didn’t go amiss and all our paint was already dry.