I love my potting shed, known as Jasmin Cottage.
I spend a lot of time out there.
It just doesn't seem possible the shed was built 18 years ago.
I recall when, after the builder left, I whipped out paint and brushes
and got to work painting and decorating the outside in shades of garden
green with purple shutters, and later inside, down on my then younger knees
stenciling a bordered floor mat with trailing blackberries!
Those were the days I must say.
Anyway this is all about the metal door. For the past few months we've
noticed the rust getting worse along the bottom. On checking new doors
which come at around $225 + $245 installation charge, this project would
be rather expensive! When chatting with my neighbor Bob who enjoys
home projects, he immediately offered to try repairing the door prior
to spending that much money. If it didn't pan out we could go the
expensive way later.
Sounded good to us.
Door was removed on Sunday morning and neighbor Bob worked with a
rust-stopping product, then primed. . . . . . . .
. . . . . I then taped off the glass panes and got to work on a first coat of fresh paint.
Neighbor Bob went off to his soccer game for a few hours.
When finished painting I heard thunder in the distance so got my Bob to help
put the door in the shed and hung the tarpaulin, just in case it stormed.
Rain did fall, all of 50 drops, wouldn't you know!
At 6:00 pm all three of us were outside again installing a new sweep on the bottom
to cover the rust damage - quite a difficult maneuver as it was such a tight fit - then
caulking and rehanging the door.
Yesterday was a perfect morning to paint the second coat. I was out there
early in sunshine and a very gentle breeze - whilst the chimney sweep was
inside the cottage doing his dirty work.
I'm very pleased with the door and grateful to my neighbor for his help.
Hope it holds up for at least a few years!
While working outside, some pruning and weeding required, this titmouse arrived
and I caught it with a sunflower seed in its beak!
Pollen just about over, thankfully.
Potting shed secure.
Cord of wood delivered and stacked ready for next Winter.
Cypress wood chips on order - will be spread in back area
when delivered in a couple of weeks.
Now for some major spring cleaning, ugh!
BTW - has anyone tried the mosquito prevention spraying treatments now offered?
If so, did it seem to work?
We are considering trying this during the summer months this year so we
can enjoy outdoor time - I'm so allergic to them and summertime
is miserable for me here.
We see the signs going up on properties all around us where treatments
are being done, the humid south being such a breeding ground for what can
be dangerous disease-carrying mosquitoes.
Happy garden/gardening days to you all.