Monday, 17 March 2014

Improving Things


This weekend we spent a lot of time improving things or tarting the place up a bit.
 
 
We decided the oil tank sat on the hill , completely visible from the main road is not a good thing so some trellis went up to disguise it a bit.


Lovely Hubby somehow managed to get the tank of creosote up there too and sat that on it's homemade tilted trestle next to the oil tank.  It did mean draining out many buckets full of the stuff and then pouring them back in once the barrel was in it's final resting place.  Good game, good game!!
 
 
We've planted a couple of Clematis and a Jasmine to grow up and around the trellis to give a bit of colour as well as screening to the area.  We are trying to put flowering shrubs and plants in wherever we can with the long term view that they will provide food for our bees in the future when we get the hives.


I think he's done a really neat job and it will look great once things start growing.
 
 
While he was working up there I managed to talk him into putting up a washing line for me, one hook on the side of the shed and the other on a post at the side of the oil tank.  I think it was me threatening to put a hook in the fascia board of the house that finally made him spring into action with this one.  As Lovely Hubby said it would most likely pull all the fascia boards down if I had towels flapping in the strong winds we get here. 
 
Time I think to get some washing on and go and try out the line for the first time, you just can't beat towels and bedding that have dried in the warmth of the lovely sunny days we have been getting recently.
 
Sue xx


20 comments:

  1. Good job with the trellis. Just wondering what you use the creosote for?

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    1. LH slaps it on anything wooden that sits still for more than a minute :-)

      Basically all the wooden things, sheds, henhouses, fences etc get a coat of creosote whenever the mood overtakes him. We bought this huge drum of it a couple of years ago and it seems endless, I keep moving or he'll get me brown too.

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    2. Ha ! I move too... or husband would varnish me !

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  2. Here's to tarting it up ~ lol
    I love a good clothesline and fresh smelling linens !

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    1. You can't beat line dried things can you, and I love seeing everything blowing in the wind :-)

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  3. Towels are the only thing we tumble dry. Love the trellis. Our tank is in the front garden, very visible but no-where else to put it. I was also thinking about trellis and climbing shrubs but it also sits very close to the path!

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    1. I never tumble dry things, out on the line or over the airer for me every time. If I need something in a hurry it gets draped over the rail on the Aga and then folded and left on the lid for a while. I can get jeans dry in a couple of hours this way if I have to.

      I'm strange in that I HATE fluffy towels, I much prefer them a bit crunchy/scratchy, I can't wait for all our new towels to get older and crisper :-)

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  4. Glad he's put the washing line up. I had a wirly line and it never dried the clothes properly especially the ones in the middle so now we have a line going from house to fence post and back to house and back to fence. It doesn't hold as much as the Wirly line did but it dries much quicker so I can get two or three loads done in a day.

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    1. There was a whirly line thing here and at our last place, they were the first things to go. You just can't beat a nice long line of clothes catching the sun and the breeze, as you say the things in the middle don't seem to dry for ages.

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  5. Line dried laundry is so nice, surely one of the greatest pleasures in life! I spend quite a lot of time chasing laundry round the garden as it's usually pretty windy here but it's worth it. I quite like a scratchy towel too.

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  6. You have been busy, it's all looking so good. Yes, it's good to get the washing line dried whenever you can, smells & feels so much better, glad you've got your line up now. Vee x

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  7. I love the drying the washing on the line. My children are always volenteering to paint the fences, bridges and benches with wood preserver when we help out at the local nature reserve. I am sure if we were local to you Sue my children would love to assist LH with painting every thing wooden.

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  8. with fuel prices rising that is very prudent to screen it. one of the excellent things about this house is the washing line. I love seeing 2 loads of washing blowing in the breeze

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  9. I'm glad you hid the tank, you hear terrible stories of heating oil being stolen

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  10. I have to line dry everything as we don't have a drier.
    Oil theft is big in some areas even if you have a padlock on the filler cap they can just prise the air vent open or drain it down from your pipe. Not happened to us yet but neighbours have had problems. I think you are right to screen it well.

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  11. Love line dried washing so much or draped over radiators... scratchy towels yes !

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  12. We moved at the end of last year and have been busy settling in. This gorgeous weather over psst week finally got hubbie motivated to put my lline up- its been well used since. You can't beat it!

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  13. I agree with the line drying. I lived in a unit in Melbourne for 12 months and everything was dried in the dryer. I couldn't wait to get back into a house in sunny Brisbane and have fresh clothes, towels, sheets etc. dry in the sun. I know it's not much but it's a simple pleasure that made me happy. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  14. Read your post and thought I would comment on how exciting it is to get your washing line up. I then read all your comments and realised that so many people feel the same.
    Easy to please aren't we?!
    Gill

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  15. It's all looking tidy. I wondered what it's like living on a slope? I suppose all the rain drains off down to the road.

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