Today is Wednesday, our usual gardening day at The Rectory, but it is rather an unusual day. A few months ago whilst supping our coffee on an old scaffolding plank, Sue suggested we have a tree seat around the lovely old cedar tree facing us.
And today we had our opening ceremony with me cutting the tape, making a little speech and naming it "The Pentagon". And here are Sue, Fran and your's truly christening it and drinking our coffee during our break. It is designed to be 'three bums wide' without being over friendly, yet it is very nice to be a thorn between two roses . . . lol. The girls and I are over the moon about the bench.
When Sue suggested the seat, almost immediately I thought long and hard about the project and started designing and building a pentagonal shaped tree bench. I thought if I am going to build one I might as well do it in style which meant it would take some time to complete and it would be complicated to build. Various problems arose and were solved and it igradually progressed in my back garden to an almost finished state, photo taken from a bedroom.
On Sunday Sue and I transported it by cars from my garden to site, and did quite a lot of the re-assembly there. It fitted perfectly. Over the next few days I finished it . . . . and here it is in all it's glory.
Somewhere to sit for our coffee and a lovely view of the garden on a warm sunny day. We are getting a little plaque made and inscribed which will fit on the back.
On Monday 1st May will be the village open day when the whole village will be open to a large number of visitors. I wonder if I will get any orders . . . lol
I've added the 'before' photo again for comparison. It shows the tree covered with ivy, our wheelbarrow storage area, an untidy garden and our old rickety, unstable scaffold seat.