Friday, May 18, 2012

Triumphs and Tragedies

It has been another busy week.

We started with this



Then removed the gutters


and replaced rotted faceboards with only a minimal amount of cursing.

Then these guys came


and it got a little messy



and finally we got this
Pretty shingles!
Note - the lower roof wasn't complete when I took this photo
There were some injuries in the surrounding beds

This peony is looking pretty beaten and bruised
but thankfully all humans and felines are in one piece.

And I found this


coming up in the paths of the vegetable garden which made me smile.  Chamomile, cilantro and lemon balm have all self seeded.

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  1. M - you are living my parallel house life up north there...my house is getting 'new' hair in the next couple of weeks. The old roof is close to extinction. :)!

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    1. you too!! best of luck Jess. I can tell you it's LOUD and be sure to get dressed early in the mornings. I learned that the hard way, wandering around in my pj's only to find a roofer on a ladder outside the window.

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  2. I love it when plants we love reseed. It's like getting a little present. Hooray for your new roof!

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    1. it was very unexpected and changes how I'll plant that bed but such a welcome surprise. Definitely a sweet present.

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  3. Wow, the roof looks great. Hope to see some more pictures when it is all completed. Poor peony but I'm sure it will continue to grow, just a little misshaped this year.
    Have a nice long weekend.

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    1. We're still spending a lot of time picking up shingles and bits of paper and nails. The mess is rather traumatic but so nice to pull up and see the roof looking so nice. I'll take some photos soon.

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  4. Hi Marguerite, I bet it feels great to know this big project is done! And the seedlings are a nice surprise. Have a great long weekend. Happy gardening!

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    1. So thrilled to finally have this project out of the way. It's been there at the back of my mind for ages and now the worry is all gone.

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  5. Such a big job! And there are usually casualties when workmen are around, aren't there? Love volunteers! Isn't it great when good things seed around?

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    1. Norah, one of the reasons I have never bothered too much with the beds directly around the house was I knew there would come a day when the roof and painting would need to be done and all hell would break loose. I'm surprised more damage wasn't done actually.

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  6. Self seeded is a vote of confidence. We like it here. Both plants, and readers!

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    1. You're very sweet Diana. I'm glad everyone is as happy to be here as we are.

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  7. hello Marguerite, my you have been busy while I've been away, nice to catch up, I love your style in your piano room, that light is gorgeous and I quite like the cabinate in the room setting, something small would perhaps have been lost in a large room,
    so pleased for you both that you now have your new roof, such a relief to know all is secure and no more leaks,
    your garden is growing well now soon be summer and lovely to have selfseeded plants, I hope the peony recovers fine, I also hope you have/had a good plant sale day today, Frances

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    1. There you are Frances! I wondered where you had disappeared to. The roof is an immense relief. I had thought we would wait all summer to get it fixed. The plant sale was a roaring success, people lined up an hour before opening but I still managed to bring home a couple treats for myself.

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  8. Sorry, have been away. The roof looks great!!!

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    1. Hi Brenda! have you been on vacation or just working hard outdoors? I'm scrambling to get my veggie garden ready this weekend, it's been so warm I want to start planting out.

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  9. Yay the roof is done!! It looks great, what an improvement from the old curled up shingles. I love how comfortable that guy is up on your steep roof, I wouldn't dare!

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