The Back Steps

Ten days ago I thought about getting the back steps pressure washed.

The back stairs to the conservatory.
The back stairs to the conservatory.

While we were in NYC over the weekend our son powerwashed the steps and deck that lead from the conservatory.

The porch deck especially has a combination of moss and grime.
The porch deck especially has a combination of moss and grime.

Yesterday I was planning to restain the steps since they had lost some of their finish over the past couple of years.

All but the bottom step have been covered.
All but the bottom step have been covered.

But to my great delight Charlie gave a steps a fresh coat of stain, Cabot solid oil stain in “Mountain Brush”.


The olive trees are ready to come out on the porch. It’s almost time to prune them.

What’s your favorite spring bloom?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

13 thoughts on “The Back Steps”

  1. I would love to do some power washing! 😎 and my favorite thing about our yard is the lilac bushes. They smell amazing (although there’s not much else to enjoy).

  2. Your steps look great. What a relief to have that done. Whatever I discover blooming for the first time in the spring is my current favorite, though I do really love the wintersweet. At least, that’s what I think it is – it’s very fragrant and was here when I moved in.

    1. Barbara, I had never heard of wintersweet. Of course I looked it up: ◾Today wintersweet stems are cultivated for ornamental purposes by florists. “Wintersweet blossoms are edible and have a strong, spicy fragrance, and are sometimes used in teas and potpourri.” Sounds and looks lovely. Jo

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