Archive for August 2013

Didn’t take long…

Well that didn’t take long and I’m pretty happy about the result. I think it’s probably the smallest patio I’ve ever made but it is certainly the cutest and now I have some pots to put some big plants in and bring some colour in the spring. A trellis or something of the sort would probably make a good addition to go round it in case I do some topless sunbathing. Don’t quite know which flowers to choose yet, I intend to have a lemon tree in the big pot and some night scented Jasmin but they will probably be in troughs if I can find some nice terra cotta ones.


Having finished the patio I got caught up in the spirit of the moment and painted the door onto the porch. In England we would call it a “front door” since it is the main entrance but it is at the back of the house by the porch and this patio so I’m at a loss really. Anyway it is now painted. There is supposed to be a deep psychological meaning to the colour that you paint your front door, what this says about me I have no idea and frankly I don’t really care, I like it and it suits my mood. It’s waiting for the second coat of blue now.


Posted August 24, 2013 by cukurbagli in Uncategorized

Summer, patio

This summer has been cooler than the last few years by a few degrees, it’s still hot but I haven’t seen 40C on the thermometer at all this year, so much for global warming.

I’ve been feeling guilty.

Lately I haven’t been putting much effort into getting my little patio finished and I’ve been feeling bad about it. I’ve been distracted and it’s been too hot to do much but now with cooler mornings I have driven myself to get on with it. There is so little left to do that I should finish it in a week or two if I get up early and work for an hour or so. I’ve got a pile of tiles left over from the house build and some I’ve acquired nefariously from other sources so I decided to include a few so that games could be played. It’s a three by three grid that you can play noughts and crosses or Sudoku upon with chalk.

Patio grid
I’m not a big fan of board or card games but I don’t mind puzzling while sitting in the shade with a beer and guests might like to have a go too. I’ll have to get some coloured chalk next time I’m in town.

Oh yes!…and with a monumental struggle a couple of days ago I wrestled the umbrella base onto the patio so I could have a bit more shade while laying the stone. It took me all afternoon with big baulks of timber and levers and ropes, the appliance of science and a lot of sweat. I sat down the next day and felt very pleased with myself as I rubbed in the muscle relaxant and horse liniment.

Posted August 14, 2013 by cukurbagli in Uncategorized