It has been a long time in the planning stages, and then the execution took a bit longer than I had planned. It is quite a funny story actually.
I had seen a greenhouse made out of windows. And I wanted a place to put all my tools and potting things, but not necessarily a greenhouse. Yes, we have a shed, a 10 x 16 shed, but Vandy (my husband) had it filled up. I am serious when I say full. One day I will sneak out there and take a picture of it for you, you'll freak! It gives a whole new meaning to the words full and filled up!!!
So anyway, I have this obsession with old doors. I LOVE them. So I get this vision going in my head. Hmmm, I talked to my neighbor. My neighbor is Jim the builder. Jim the builder is 70 years old and has had open heart surgery twice. Jim the builder said no problem. And I talk to my cousin Larry and he thinks I have flipped my lid AGAIN!! So, I set out looking for the perfect doors for my idea. Vandy works so hard I didn't want him to have another project on his plate. And Jim, yes that Jim, said it would be fairly easy, we don't need to bother Vandy with the details. AND, Jim the builder is always looking for something to do to keep him active. Well, four and half months later and Vandy working a bit on it every weekend, my vision is complete. Jim the builder quit after the vision was framed and doors were in place. It got hot outside this summer and Vandy wanted to take over. And we were both a little frightened the heart attack number three might occur in our backyard. Jim the builder assured me he was and is fine!!! So, after all of the passing of the hammers and power tools between the men, and the two little spats about the roof pitch and skylights, I got to make it pretty.
Here is a taste of "A Gardener's Cottage"
View from our back porch.
Just in case you don't know where you are in our backyard.
The front porch. This was Vandy's idea .. to use up my barn siding.
My cottage of old doors and windows and barn siding and molding. You want to peek in the windows don't you??? It is okay to admit it. Heck, I WANT to peek in the windows. Well, you guessed it. Part two is the inside tour of the cottage and more storytelling tomorrow!
You can wait, I assure you!!!!!
If you want to go to Part Two, you can just click here now.