The last few weeks, I have been cutting back all the bushes around the house. I had to work around two bird nests with babies. I didn't disturb either oil the babies had flown away. I had let my bushes grow fairly large, which I didn't like, just so it would block the view under the porch. Now that I'll have an underpinning, I can keep the bushes small. I also wanted to cut everything back so it'll be easier for everyone to work on the porch.
This week I needed to get everything off the porch for the pressure washer. Understand - my porch is a wrap around - 3 sides. It's big. I liked big porches until I priced having it stained and painted. I had it decorated. It didn't feel like too much until I had to move it all off. I can tell you this, I won't be putting all that stuff back. It's time for a purge!
|3-Sided Wrap Around Porch|
I'm proud to say, I moved every single thing off the porch by myself. There were some heavy things. The hardest to move were my 5 iron chairs, two large wooden adirondacks, and a big iron swing. OMG. I can hear Rudy laughing right now, "I didn't tell you to put all that crap out there!" I don't think he's feeling a bit sorry for me.
I had planned to get help to move the swing, but the pressure washer called to say he was coming sooner than I expected. I thought about it and decided I could do it myself. And I did! Just call me Superwoman! I moved the swing part in my wagon and used a dolly to help me move the base. It was heavy, but easier to move than I anticipated.
|One person (ME) Can Move the Swing with the Help of a Dolly!|
The swing was in the yard for a time. It was moved to the porch a year or so ago. I like it better in the yard so I created a new spot for it.
|The Swing in Its New Location|
This spot stays shady most of the day. I'll need to add some mulch and make the island a bit larger. The swing is mostly up under a hardwood tree - oak I think. I need to look at it again. The canopy is wonderful.
|The View Above the Swing|
It took some time to arrange everything for the best views. This is what I see when sitting in the swing -
|The View From the Swing|
A good view from a fabulous swing!!! BLISS!