Who knows, they may even have coupons, I remember thinking.
|The near impossible-to-assemble patio set with our riggity old table and chairs.|
As you would expect, the furniture was a real bitch to put together. Made of composite plastic in charcoal-black and casted to look woven in, these sets are fairly commonplace. We were attracted to this particular combination, not just for its price, but because of the modular nature of it. The furniture is lightweight and can be made to suit various situations: it’s not ridiculously opulent for the two of us and in the fair occasions we have company, you can seat up to five people comfortably. The detail I was not expecting to be pleased about were the cushions, which turned out to be nice and fluffy, machine washable and moisture repellent.
|This corrigated fiberglass had weathered so badly that on the first glimpse James and I both thought it was asbestos.|
|Our current collection of herbs and flowers.|
The concrete base will also get dug up and replaced. For the time being we are thinking about terracotta tiles, perhaps re-using some already in this house, but in the interim the cracked concrete was covered up with a “rug” of synthetic grass. We used to have this stuff covering a few problem areas in our old gallery-rental and we both liked the playful nature of the material. Our garden, still a bit of a project, as is everything else in this house, does not have any grass and likely never will, so putting down a piece of artificial lawn felt like a fun thing to do.
Setting all things and furnishings aside, I am in love with that view. How could you not! In a clear day you can see the rooftops of Mazamet, over the valley and all the way to the forests of Sidobre. You can sit comfortably under a blanket and spy how the weather here changes in seconds and when the night comes, you may sit back and admire the stars. It never stops to amaze me how one view alone can be so engaging. Hopefully we will manage to extend this panorama even further by opening up the left side of the patio by reducing the height of the concrete wall that luckily is not part of the supporting structure for the roof.
|A room with a view…|