Aug 14, 2015

Sit out back with me



 
After disassembling the swings and chairs, 2 coats of oil base, days to dry, reassembling, we're done.
 
 









Both larger swings
 
the chairs
 
 


my large copper kettle
 
the barrels are overflowing
Instead of purchasing new swing chain sets for $25 every few years because of rust, we decided to spend $59 for the stainless.  Oh my what nice chains.  They look like they may even be chrome plated over the stainless because they are really shiny, but heavier than our standard ones and will last forever.  She said to wipe them down with a rag sprayed with WD-40 to clean them when needed. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We have three Pink Diamond hydrangea trees and if you want to attract bees, plant a few!  They are loaded with hundreds of them every day for weeks. 
 All types, fuzzy butts, striped, plain, honey bees, and even the monster carpenter bees.  Easy to spot because of their size and shiny butts, unlike the hairy ones of the bumblebees.  Bumblebees live in the ground, carpenters drill a perfect hole in your house and live in the wood.  We had a colony of the bumbles under our brick patio years ago, never saw them again. 
 
 
It will be very warm for a few days, this middle of August, closing out summer, and I want to sit out and just take it in.  My little sampler charts came and I may pull supplies for Robina.  Sally is too cumbersome for outside.
 
Enjoy your weekend!!
 
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30 comments:

Heartlandstitcher said...

Beautiful place to sit! Perfect for relaxing...do we get to do that? Have a great weekend.

Judy

Vickie said...

Ahh. Fantastically pink. Love the looks of your yard my friend.

Tiff said...

Everything looks beautiful! Makes me want to sit and sip some sweet tea :)

kelley said...

it all looks gorgeous...hard work pays off!

Karen Budnick said...

Lovely! Its' so nice to maintain the things you love instead of buying poorly made junk year after year. That's the way I was raised and I still try to live that way.

Mary said...

My goodness, what a have Marly! It must break your heart to go inside when the yard is this beautiful.

Robin said...

What a positively wonderful place to sit with so many possibilities like stitching, watching the bees and the birds, cloud watching and daydreaming. Enjoy your weekend, Marly!

Robin in Virginia

Jacqueline said...

Beautiful back yard...

Barb said...

Your yard looks great! Enjoy sitting outside for a bit.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos!! Thank you for sharing them. Wishing you a restful weekend admiring your gorgeous surroundings. SAH

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

what a beautiful pergola & swing set!
...mind if I came over and sat across from you while we stitched?
L

Heritage Hall said...

A work of love and skill...well worth whatever it took...
You deserve the leisure and rest it will bring you and yours.

Maureen said...

Thank you so much for sharing your garden with us.Beautiful!

Ele said...

Wonderful garden. I am sure you will enjoy sitting outside with your stitching!

Ronin said...

What a beautiful place. yes I would have loved to enjoy the place with you while stitching and drinking tea. Enjoy ☺😊

Ronin said...

What a beautiful place. yes I would have loved to enjoy the place with you while stitching and drinking tea. Enjoy ☺😊

Annmarie said...

No wonder you don't want winter-absolutely wonderful place!!!

C. M. Designs said...

What a wonderful, peaceful world you have in your backyard. Your flowers are beautiful...........do you talk to them ?
Enjoy this last (I hope) heat wave that we're supposed to have this coming week..
Charlotte in Va.

Truus said...

A lovely place to be and sit and relax in your swing enjoying your cross stitch and flowers,birds andv the bees.
Have a peaceful and relaxing weeking
greetings,Truus from Holland

Lisa B. said...

Oh wow, everything looks so beautiful. I just love your yard. And that double swing? To die for.

Just wanted to let you know I went to the Stitch and Frog website on your recommendation the other day - oh wow - so many wonderful things - I spent over $200 in the process (yikes), but had a blast.

I love your blog. Thank you for sharing everything with us.

Lisa B.

Carol said...

Your yard looks so tranquil, Marly--I could definitely use some peaceful backyard stitching time right now. Love the way your chairs and swings turned out. Thanks for the tip on cleaning the chains. We have a swing on our front porch that could use some attention :)

Jan Emerick said...

Your yard is just gorgeous.... so green and the flowers!! WOW.. enjoy it!!!

Mary said...

Love the yard, the black is so striking,,,and the pinks. By now all mine are getting sun tired, I hacked them a bit and hope for new growth, Enjoy your yard.

Maryann Olsaver said...

So beautiful Marly 😀

Ginny said...

Everything looks great. So inviting!

laceystitcher said...

Oh, my. Your flowers and the yard are all so beautiful. The pics of your swings made me wish I was there to sit in them with my stitching and a big glass of iced tea! That would be so relaxing. Enjoy all the beauty around you; it is gorgeous!

Maggee said...

All your hard work paid off--you have quite a nice outside living area! I have not known anyone to refinish outdoor things before...

Kelly said...

The swing & the chairs look fabulous! What a beautiful yard!

Karen said...

Thank you for the info on the Pink Diamond hydrangeas! Love bees! Wasps, not quite as much!

Judy said...

Oh my goodness, Marly, it's beautiful.

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