Monday, March 05, 2007

Things I didn't know I needed

1. Giant reclaimed sheet metal roosters. I need at least three. Actually I wouldn't mind several reclaimed sheet metal animals in my yard. I think a donkey would be particularly keen. Note to self: learn to weld.

2. A hanging bed in my garden. Really, all of us need this, don't you think? How cool would this be? A little mosquito netting hanging around the sides and it becomes my summer bedroom. Although a futon type thing would be nicer, something you could sort of fold up and it would become a giant swinging couch? I happen to have a futon that I'm not using in the garage attic. Note to self: increase carpentry skills or befriend Amish men.

I'm determined that this is the year of the patio. A nice simple flagstone deal in the "L" of the house. But that might now include a pergola with a hanging futon off to the side. An outdoor shower would be nice too. I'd better buy some lottery tickets.
3. And a greenhouse. Although I did know that I needed this. Really an entire separate glass house would be nice. That way I could use part of it for a chicken house, attach the outside shower and outside bedroom to one side, connecting to the flagstone patio. Perhaps a fixed grilling station. Theoretically, I could live entirely in my yard for the entire summer And then I'd only ever have to go into the real house to retrieve refrigerated items.....unless......


Blogger Liz said...

Looks like someone went to the garden show this weekend. :)

As much as I like the *idea* of a bed in my garden, the bug pressure here is too intense.... they'd easily exploit the mosquito netting!

We built a bluestone patio and pergola at our last house. It was my favorite place in the world, and I still miss it. *sigh*

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw beds like that on a sleeping porch once on HGTV. I agree, I would want something that would fold up.
What does husband say to these yard plans?

The Portland Flower Show starts on Thursday, and I will be there, unless we get a blizzard.

5:15 PM  
Blogger wurwolf said...

I love the idea of a sleeping porch, and I love that so many older houses in Lancaster county still have them. I see sleeping porches on a lot of houses in my area. Also, I like the idea of a garden bed. Like a more comfortable hammock.

9:56 AM  
Blogger El said...

Two of my Wisconsin hobby-farm owning friends have outdoor showers. I helped one of them, she who OWNS a rooster like those, build her sleeping porch. She wants to build a sauna, too; she's mad I moved. It is such a fun place to stay.

Our house? Yes, it is out in the country, but it's pretty exposed on one full side. NO showers. Sniff. I guess I need to get out and dig and plant some trees if I really wanted FULL privacy. One day...

1:04 PM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

My husband is satisfied with an old lawnchair with a cup holder. You can't landscape around an old lawnchair.

I wish our house had a sleeping porch. Or any screened porch. I love porches. We have a front porch, but it isn't very private because of the road. Oh, I know. I two story addition. A sleeping porch up top and a regular porch down below. Haha. Now I am dreaming.

El, you could do an old clawfoot tub with boxwoods around it. That would be fun.

4:49 PM  
Blogger woof nanny said...

There are so many things on your blog that I love too. The idea of architectural elements in the garden fascinates me. I really want to learn basic metalwork also, so I can make garden ornaments. It's difficult to find any basic classes. Yeah, welding is offered thru adult school, but it's hardcore training for the serious professional. I don't need that. But a basic welding thing...that's on my 'to do' list.

1:22 PM  

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