I recently took a photo of the back of the house from the bottom of the yard.
I thought it was a beautiful shot.
Unfortunately as I looked more closely I saw all the clutter we store back there. I don’t like the propane grill up by the steps. It needs a cleaning and a new tank of propane. Also a doable project which I would like to assign to Charlie, our Grillmaster.
In some cases the clutter just needs to be rearranged. For instance I can move the round table away from the house and surround it with the chairs we just cleaned.
Other items are more bothersome like the partially-painted oil tank. Some day I hope to mask it but for now just painting it would be an improvement. Last night I pulled out my paint sprayer to get it ready to do just that tomorrow morning.
The red ride-on lawnmower has been sold on Craigslist. Listed in the morning gone by evening. That’s really the easy way to declutter.
One eyesore that I haven’t yet figured out is the trash and recycle cans. I would like to build a structure for their storage that is both understated and utile. My research has not yet revealed the perfect design nor am I convinced behind the house is optimum.
Another bothersome area is under the steps. Charlie keeps his garden tools there especially during summer. It’s a jumble and I feel it encourages rodents and snakes to live near the house. YUK! Perhaps I can resettle these items in Charlie’s greenhouse. I guess he just needs me to work out a system of organization. I’ll put it on my research project list.
Finally I’d like to plant something in the corner by the steps.
Do your little clean-ups take on enormous proportions?
I knew the next step would be painting the exterior shingles.
I had more than half of a five-gallon bucket of “Siding in a Can” in Glamour Gray which I gave to the Cottage tenant who started painting the front of the Cottage.
I joined her helping to paint the remaining 3 walls.
I like that the light color grey (which looks almost white but contrasts subtly with the whiter trim) of the Cottage co-ordinates with my darker grey (Sandy Hook Grey) house but has a personality of its own.
My plans for a dull weekend last weekend all but fell through. The bat hike was all booked up and it was too hot to get involved in any kind of rehab at the house so nothing was accomplished.
That was last week. This week we are in the mid 80s and trying to get back on track.
The plants in the vegetable garden, the olive trees, and the sunflowers are not complaining, however, they are pressing up to the sky. In the top sunflower photo the plants were only up to the top of the olive tree pot. Now they’re taller than the tree.
Charlie is harvesting some stunning deep purple string beans.
Even the SunGold tomatoes are starting to produce little green balls that will soon turn orange and be ready to tempt us.
We’ve been enjoying sugar snap peas by the handful and just tried a couple of the first cucumbers.