Ahhh, the long summer days are almost over! What, have I been doing? Mostly enjoying our house, the weather, tending to the gardens, socializing, and working.
We’ve been getting some beautiful sunsets lately:
I don’t have much interior-wise to report about but we will be doing a lot in the coming months. This includes replacing all the wall paneling with a lighter wood. The original panels are damaged, both by sun and holes and the replacement panels do not match. A lighter wood will open up the space, like our narrow hallway:
We are going to have the ceiling in the great room and kitchen sandblasted to get back to the natural wood. As you can see, there are water stains galore on the whitewash.
I painted one wall of my sewing room tiffany blue. I love it! I’ve been too lazy busy to finish decorating the room. I plan to paint the rest of the walls the same color. I have bought fabric for curtains and found some 50’s pattern pictures from Etsy, that I plan to frame.
Oh boy. At the beginning of the summer, I painted the middle partition in the great room chartreuse. I thought it would look cool.
It was fabulously bright.
In the morning it was headache-y bright. So I went back to the paint store and tried a darker chartreuse.
It was still too bright.
I couldn’t take it.
It’s now back to eggshell white (boring, I know) and I stuck some framed photos I have taken over the years on it.
This is what the other side looks like so far. .As you can tell, I love Cathrineholm.
All of the landscaping work over the past 2 years paid off this summer as everything looks lush and tall. We planted gladiolas last fall at the front of the house. They came up beautifully, this summer don’t you think?
Here’s another angle of the front with our grasses
I never thought I would get so into vegetable gardening, but I love it. The garden is flourishing. We’ve been enjoying lettuces, carrots, peppers, kale, herbs, strawberries, broccoli, basil for pesto, and now eggplant, cucumber and zucchini. We are planning to add some more beds around the border. (I TOLD Shawn that 3 beds were not enough!)
Some new pictures of the back. Shawn planted and dripped all of the blue succulents to the left, all the way down the hillside.
Another angle. We painted the Eichlerondack chairs ‘Calypso Blue’.
Perfect for a cat to snooze under:
We decided to fence the property. We got tired of spraying liquid fence for deer.
I researched what to cover deer fence with and we have planted bougainvillea, jasmine, potato vine, clematis, and laurel bushes.
I must say we have, for the most part, fabulous neighbors. Every Sunday, we play Petanque (like bocce, but French) at our lovely neighbors and there is always a great bunch of folks. Everyone brings wine and an appetizer and has a wonderful time, although sometimes the competition gets pretty heated
However, this was the reaction from one neighbor over the deer fence. Conspicuously placed facing our property:
I guess they don’t like it.