Row housing for the birds

Our new deck at the cottage currently has row housing (for birds) along the beam under the overhang…

row housing for the birds
row housing for the birds
row housing for the birds
row housing for the birds
row housing for the birds
row housing for the birds
row housing for the birds
row housing for the birds

 

Eleven nests all in a row, protected (somewhat) from the rain by the overhang, in varying degrees of completion.  We have yet to see a bird using any of the nests, so not sure if they were all constructed by one slightly confused bird (all the locations do look similar) or a group of birds.

It does look like a new suburban housing development, many very similar houses all in a row!

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Melamagic clean

Melamagic is my favourite in the many cleaning and other products  MELALEUCA has to offer.  It is the only product that works well for me on the soap scum and dirt that gets embedded in the fibreglass of our main shower.  It also works on toilets, countertops, floors, outdoor furniture and more.  Recently I used it to clean many years of dirt off our back deck.  Here is the proof in pictures, with the “befores” on the right, and the “afters” on the left.  The last picture shows the “during” where you can see the difference as I am working on it.

 

I also used it recently, or at least my husband did, to clean off years of grime on our old boat in preparation to sell it:

 

The best thing about this product and all other Melaleuca products is that they are made with tea tree oil, a natural substance, so you do not have to worry about toxic effects on yourself, your children, your pets or the environment.

Privacy screen extraordinaire

While shopping for another part of our new deck at the cottage, I saw a black metal panel that I thought would make a beautiful privacy screen.  We need something at the side of the deck between our cottage and the one next door.  The panel I saw was not large enough, so I started looking around at various stores to see if I could find something more suitable.

I have been very busy with my gardening business, so my husband has been going up to the cottage a few days during the week to work on the deck.  Last weekend when I went up, the privacy screen was in place…

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He framed it and set it into a wall of boards like the decking so it looks like a framed piece of art!  Can you see the hummingbird within the design?  I love it!

 

The cottage project that grew and grew…

When we discovered that our water pipe running from the cottage to the lake had frozen this past winter, we decided to dig it up, replace portions and reroute the rest so that it would be buried deeper and under snow cover for future winters.  This project turned out to be an ongoing adventure, snowballing into rebuilding the patio and deck, which then lead to considering replacing doors and windows, which will have to wait.

This first picture shows the soil that was displaced attempting to move the water pipe…

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digging up the old pipe

 

Next up was digging up the existing patio and expanding the width. length and depth so it is more comfortable…

 

Then came removing the old deck…

and discovering the damage caused by carpenter ants…

 

then replacing the old, chewed boards, footings, and joists with new ones…

adding a waterproofing system to keep the patio dry…

adding the floorboards…

then the posts and railings…

 

All under the watchful eye of several supervisors…

 

final results: an upper deck for viewing and sunbathing…

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….and a lower, covered patio, perfect for storm watching, reading or working in the shade…

 

Unfortunately, our cottage project has been put on the back burner because of a family issue.  My father-in-law fell and broke his hip in June this past summer and the ensuing drama has had us very busy.  The side railings of the deck still have to be installed, including the following hummingbird fence insert for a privacy screen:446889_400x0

Stay tuned for a spring update on our cottage project…

My Green Room aka My Back Deck

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My favourite room in the house these days is my green room, AKA my back deck.    The entire railing of the deck is covered in ivy, forming a four foot high, living green wall.  My green room is a perfect and private spot to enjoy breakfast and a morning coffee.  In the afternoon the green room is partially shaded from the hot sun by lilac and apple trees.