Tuesday, 21 May 2019

New Doors

What a couple of very busy days I have had, but I am happy with the outcome.  The two doors on the side porch have now been replaced.  The difference is noticeable already, no more draughts hurray!
The local firm we chose have done an amazing job, we are very pleased with their work.




Mickey likes to sit and admire the view...bless him!  The old doors have been left by the fence already to be carried down to the outbuilding.  We are hopeful they may replace some of the old doors down here, but if not they will be recycled.  No wood is ever wasted here.


The ironware will certainly be re-purposed.

The tyres that we are using to grow a few herbs and some salad are doing well.  The mint a little too well, it is rampant and spreading around the tyre too.  I intend to cut some of it tomorrow and dry it ready for the cooler months.


The chives have recovered from their winter sleep and are making a great comeback.  The flowers are starting to emerge and are a joy to see.


The spring onions and the lettuce are the only things this year that we have done from seed.    We are hopeful that now the garden room is progressing so well we will be able to plant some winter vegetables.




The lawn has once again been cut, such a time consuming task but worth all the effort when it is complete.  We have added a few solar lights to the vegetable area too.  We are in the process of painting the garden furniture  so that we can sit out and enjoy the beautiful views once again.   

We are in no hurry, taking our time.  Enjoying the process of each little job as we make our cottage and garden into the perfect retreat and home.

As always I thank for your visit and your uplifting comments.

See you soon.

38 comments:

  1. The doors look great and I'm sure you'll notice a big difference once the winds start whistling round again. My chives are in full bloom now, I don't really use them in the kitchen but the bees are very grateful that I grow them.

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  2. Haha! I planted a little mint in a few of my planters and now I have a mass of it too. I read it keeps critters away. I'm intrigued that you dry it. Would you do a post some time on how you store it and what you use it for?

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  3. The doors look great and I'm sure you'll appreciate the extra warmth when winter hits once again. X

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  4. No more draughts! Wonderful!!!

    So glad that the old doors, will be used, or recycled. On an island, wood becomes more valuable.

    So too bad, that this is not the attitude, all over. So much wood gets thrown away in a dumpster, at the house building site next door. We think it is awful.

    You use tires to grow things in... Someone in Canada, uses them to grow potatoes in. Great use for another item, which does not always get repurposed.

    Best way to do things.... A little at a time. Everything gets done, and we don't "wear out," before they do. :-))))

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  5. Your dog looks so happy. The new doors are beautiful. Keep up the great work.

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  6. That should be a lot better once the winds and rain kick in.

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  7. Taking your time is our mantra as well. I'm glad your new doors are already proving to be good for your cottage. Mickey is darling and so handsome.

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  8. it always helps when the wind cannot get into the house. I am losing the battle with the dandelions here, so am forever cutting the grass to try and get rid of the yellow flowers.

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  9. Nice to have no draughts. Looks good.

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  10. The doors look good and no drafts are a very good thing. My! Your mint patch is so lush and green. All your flowers are looking good and are further along than mine. Two lawn mowings, too. I have not needed to do even one.

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  11. It will be great to have weatherproof doors! Like you we recycle a lot and now that the next door house has been torn down my DH has dragged home many bits and pieces that would otherwise have gone to the garbage. The new people are building a very large house and everything has to be new.

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  12. The doors look great! I envy your growing garden. It has been too cold and wet here to plant. Hopefully, I will be able to plant before the end of the month!

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  13. Goodbye to the draught with the new doors. I love to see your garden. I can't use the old tires to grow because I don't have a big garden.

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  14. What a great idea repurposing old tyres for growing veg in! My chives are out and the bees are loving them. Best, Jane x

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  15. Lovely to have new draught proof doors. Your herbs are looking good in the tyres - what a super idea. Mint does spread a lot, sage too if it gets a chance, I love chive flowwers:)

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  16. The doors look very nice and now at least you don't heat the outside anymore ! Like the wheels as flower pots, lately I have seen a flower pot made out of a shopping bag, a nice one ! Looked very special. That's the right philosophy, take your time, Rome wasn't built in one day either !

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  18. Nice doors ! And mini-garden !!!!
    Enjoy it !
    Hug
    Anna

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  19. No draughts - it can't get much better when you live in a windy place. Love your wee garden beds x

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  20. My husband says the same thing as you about enjoying the process, I do need to see it more this way. A process it is. I am always in a rush to get things over with and there is joy in planting and seeing things grow. Always feels good to see the lawn after cutting the grass.
    I like those old doors and the hardware. I would definitely be finding a use for them.
    Good the new doors are keeping the cold and hot air out and they looks so good.
    betsy

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  21. love your door! we are challenged in enjoying the process, we want it done yesterday :)

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  22. Good Morning Lorraine. I'm almost a day behind on reading blogs as I'm at the lake and must limit the internet to once a day. I really like your new doors and the window in them. I can imagine how many things you could do with the old doors. With your craftiness I know it will be wonderful.
    Your garden is looking beautiful. I had some mint at our last house and said "never again". It took over everything no matter how diligent I was at trying to keep it in check. It was really good in ice tea though. I'm so glad you and Gerard are enjoying your cottage and the beauty that surrounds you. Your attitude is so good about taking your time. I'm a hurry up and get it done type of personality.
    Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday my friend.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  23. Thanks for stopping over...isn't that face in the bread a hoot? I like the old doors, they have so much wonderful character, I'm glad that you will recycle them and the hardware. Looking forward to see what you do with them.

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  24. the tyre garden is coming on well! One tip is to drill holes in the underside tyre wall, so that water doesn't stand in it and leach anything from the rubber. You can stack two or three high to grow bushes or even trees

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  25. It’s too bad the old doors had to go as they are so lovely. You will enjoy the warmer home thought, i know. Your plants look like they are doing nicely. I didn’t know you could grow food in old tires. I thought the chemicals they give off would not be good for you.

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  26. Getting rid of draughts is so important. My house is very old and has so many draughts, high ceilings and an open staircase onto the dining room with another extremely high ceiling. Some windows we've taped shut until we get them fixed properly. Even the window keyholes let in draughts. I'm laughing but it's really not funny when the wind blows, Cx

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  27. How wonderful to get rid of the draughts in your home with the new doors, so exciting! All your plants look happy and delighted that spring has arrived! Spring blooms are going strong here, so thankful!

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  28. Good job on getting new doors in, the windows will add more light, too. The old doors might come in handy in the outbuilding remodel. They look rather rustic and perfect! Your tire garden looks like it will yield some good harvests soon. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  29. The new doors look great and you'll be extra cosy come the Winter.
    Mint never just stays where it's put does it? It goes everywhere.
    Hugs-x-

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  30. Never throw away and old door, right? Your new ones look great! And old tires sure make the best planters, don't they? Enjoy your weekend!

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  31. The doors look great and I love the herbs growing in the tyres, such a good idea.

    Al the best Jan

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  32. There's always a project going on at your place, Lorraine, and those new doors looked nice. Hope the old ones get repurposed as you said.

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  33. It is always good to hire a contractor and be happy with the work.

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  34. Your new doors are wonderful. I love the tire planters. Have a wonderful weekend.

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