Morning from Sydney, another stunning start to a new Spring day here, I’ve been for a walk by the sea with Barls followed by some yoga stretches, so good to stretch out the bones is it not? Want to see how my new beach cottage deck is going?
So a little update on the progress of the deck….I have to say this is quite a big job…but as it progresses it is looking like it will be a good addition to this old cottage.
I was recently reading in the newspaper that the deck is the quintessential part of the Australian home, I have to agree somewhat, we use ours all year round, and for dining and entertaining it’s only a few months in the Winter at night, when it does get too chilly to sit out there, that we are not on the deck in some form or another. To be honest it’s one of the reasons we wanted to move to Australia and one of the reasons we bought this old cottage – outdoor lifestyle and living was top of our list.
So this new deck? Well basically this is an extension to the old deck into a part of the garden which is pretty much a space we were not using so was crying out for decking….
The new deck will be utilizing some of the old deck base with new balustrades throughout and new boards throughout – I did want to save the old boarding on the existing deck but after lots of thoughts and the fact that they do not make the boarding in the same size any longer we decided to go with it all replaced…bittersweet for me, I feel quite attached to the old deck, I know that’s silly but I feel it’s seen a lot of our new life in Aus.
The garden is a complete mess – there are lots of temporary ‘pots’ for all the plants we dug up, things I had planted and loved to life and generally just builder’s stuff, rubble around and the old decking posts and balustrade piled up – and this lovely tradie is very tidy…which is a touch because I would wring his neck if he weren’t.
I must say I am little on the stressy side with all this, work in the house, dust, mess, bottom line it doesn’t normally bother me too much (obviously or we wouldn’t have taken on the rattiest old cottage in Australia) but I do feel a bit on the out of sorts side with the garden being an utter mess…funny you would think it being outside and the fact that you can shut the door on it would mean that it doesn’t matter????
It was quite a hard job to dig out the foundations – it didn’t seem to bother my little photobombing pup though ;-)
These old steps were underneath and will be covered with the new decking…
And this is where we are about at for now.
Next step is to remove the old floor boards from this section and over the other side where the barbecue is…
There is a tonne of sawing and drilling and banging in these parts.
What do you think so far and will you be visiting with chammomile tea to calm zee nerves?
Remember to breathe Mrs Beach Cottage, b r e a t h e.