During those dark days of 2013, when buying OneandSeventy took FOR EVER, it was escaping into my daydreams of summer in our new garden that kept me going.
Now that summer is finally here, I’m realising those dreams and spending as much time out here as humanly possible.
I cannot lie… I’m writing this post from the comfort of my sun lounger.
All I can hear are sparrows and starlings fighting over the fat balls, our make-do waterfall bubbling away (the subject of a future makeover, so watch out for that!) and the fish making “slap slap” sounds as they feed on the algae.
Go li’l fishes, go!
As a fully mobile Virtual PA, I’m fortunate to be able to work from anywhere – be it at my desk, a client’s office, or the garden table. So, during nice weather, relocating my office to the garden is a no brainer.
As you might imagine from my various ramblings on The World of Suzy Homemaker, I’m a girl to whom her surroundings are of utmost importance to her wellbeing. So, with work to be done and the sun shining, it must be time for…
First stop, that hideous decking – a lovely welcome gift from the previous owners. Once cleaned, it was time to crack open the stain.
I chose Ronseal Decking Stain in Country oak, which I bought as a stain/applicator combo from Homebase.
And yes… It really does do exactly what it says in the tin!
My only gripe is that the applicator handle is a bit short; it could really use one more pole. I’m 5ft 5″ and even I had to constantly bend down to apply the stain and that don’t half play havoc on your back after a while!
As I stained merrily away, I noticed a few areas that could’ve been cleaned a little better (I blame jet washing in sunglasses!) and there were some places where the stain didn’t take so well at first.
But hey! Compared to what it was like before, it’s brilliant!
Definitely brilliant enough break out the garden furniture.
Erm, yeah… ignore the neighbour’s fence. We’re in talks about replacing that monstrosity!
OneandSeventy is blessed with a South-facing garden and the decking is located on the East side, which maximises the sunshine.
A few more plants later, including three new Golden Cypress, some Rosemary and Thyme which I repotted from a smaller planter, a beautiful Black Lace Elder that’ll look stunning in a year or two, and a selection of Scarlet and Dark Red Geraniums for a pop of colour and hey presto!
My very own little summer oasis.
Now… Where IS my punkhawallah?
A hui hou,