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My new hangout




I was pretty delighted when the huge truck, working on the power lines, blocked the access on our narrow street this morning.  It meant that despite a long list of errands that needed to be done, I was stuck at home.  We had no power all day, but the weather was sunny and still and Hugo and I got stuck into the new greenhouse.  After a series of stops and starts due to bad weather, Pete our handyman finally finished it on Friday.

My lovely louvre windows, essential for good ventilation, were scored from the tip, a door was bought from the off cut pile for $1 and the frames made from timber we had lying around.  The only new stuff we needed was the polypipe and the plastic.

My job today was simply dig out the 30 odd raspberry canes, that we built the greenhouse around, build a new raised bed, put down a sawdust path in the middle and move in some furniture.  I'm thrilled that I finished and even had time to paint it too, blackboard paint on the inside of the door, a kid blackboard under the louvre windows, and a dusty blue on the outside of the door.

I want to plant tomatoes in the long bed, and have laid cardboard, sawdust, compost, manure and straw down to brew until we're ready to plant in late spring.   Never have my tomato beds had such a lovely long preparation.  The "benches" on the other side, again made from stuff lying around, will be for seedling trays.  I can get started on sowing cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli for late winter planting outdoors.

I love being in the greenhouse. It's my new favourite hangout. It's so warm and bright.  I have to stop myself from putting some bunting up and a cane chair inside. Or do I?

21 comments:

  1. Best greenhouse ever! It looks amazing!

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  2. wow! love it, so envious, it is the nicest glass house I've ever seen no wonder you'd like to spend all your time in there! Looks like a perfect afternoon tea spot, I can almost smell those tomatoes.

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  3. Oh, how fabulous! I'm all for the bunting and cane chair. Why not make the most of your new space!

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  4. I am so envious .. so envious!!
    And I can totally picture the cane chair, pot of tea, oh and some of the most delicious vegies ever!

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  5. It's beautiful and yes, I'm also the teeniest bit jealous!

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  6. What a fabulous space, and how much you have achieved already! I'm all for the bunting and cane chair! :)

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  7. oh my goshness, this is amazing!

    I definitely think bunting is called for, anything to brighten up these cold grey days we are having.

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  8. I love your green house!1 We already have a system (minus the plastic) for our rasberries but this is a great way for my to build my green house as well.
    Mxo

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  9. Great job, I am getting ready to build one and your's is really inspiring, thanks!!

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  10. It is gorgeous and I am madly envious. You aren't going to leave so why stop at bunting and a cane chair? I see that someone else has already mentioned the cup of tea but surely you need a table for that and the slice of cake which will accompany it?

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  11. Oh envy! I see I'm not the only one feeling that way either... The raised bed looks divine.

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  12. ooooh...hide in there with a good book!

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  13. Thats one sexy hang out! If I didn't have such a tiny yard I would have built one by now.

    Bunting? Really....totally unnecessary and impractical. But then again I'm just a big grump.

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  14. how lovely, i would love to be in there with my hands in the mud and the rain pattering on the roof :)

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  15. Nah, I definitely think bunting and a cane chair would be just the ticket :-)

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  16. Great Job with the hot house, isnt it the best staying at home and pottering around in the garden, it so rewarding when you get to eat something you grew yourself.
    I love the idea of the blackboard, its just what i need in my glasshouse - oh and some plants that are alive!!
    Time to get it organised i think (ive only lived here 7 months so havent had chance to use it yet, though i now have benches in it)

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  17. I think a bunting and cane chair will finish it off nicely...gorgeous greenhouse by the way :)

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  18. Your New hangout is totally Eco-Friendly. I really like your new hangout. You made such an awesome House.

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  19. Is envy the right word? I have a whole pinterest page dedicated to building a greenhouse! Lovely to 'meet' you. Rach x

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