1 hot sunny Sunday afternoon
1 almost teenage lad who hasn't had enough sleep
1 old and practically unusable chest of drawers
Left over roofing felt and roofing tacks
2 hammers (one is NEVER enough)
Odd nails and tacks and screws - just in case....
Pine cones, twigs, old festive wreaths, canes, scraps of wood and sticks
A fairly good temper - the longer the better
Several breaks to make tea/search for tools/drink tea/search for more tools/make lunch/cuss
A willing and patient husband
- Have the brilliant idea of turning a scrap piece of furniture into a bee hotel
- Turn on the laptop and being absolutely blown away by all the gorgeous insect-hotels and bee homes being made out there
- Decide that combining the making of a similarly gorgeous bee-hotel and the entertaining the yawning almost teenager improves the already brilliant idea
- Press gang long suffering husband into carrying the unexpectedly heavy chest of drawers
- Follow said long-suffering husband picking bits of wood and plants as the chest of drawers starts to collapse as he struggles with the weight
- Set up in the shade on the lawn
- Find at the back of the drawers are many stones and pebbles (which explains the weight)
- Still feeling inspired, start dismantling the unit, ignore any bits that inexplicably fall off
- Keep removing loose bits and remind oneself that this is a form of recycling as well as entertaining Youngest
- Wipe beads of sweat off brow - Did I mention it was a hot and sunny Sunday afternoon?
- Attempt to fix loose bits and panelling - try to jolly along Youngest son who is still yawning and muttering things under his breath.
- Step back to 'admire' progress only to see the drawers have collapsed
- Grit teeth
- Make lunch
- Eat lunch
- Ask Youngest in bestest lovingest mummy voice to fix the drawers
- Find him the hammer
- Pass him the nails
- Tell him how to do it
- Wipe away sweat trickling down brow
- Suggest we move into the shade again
- Realise that long-suffering husband has noticed that all is not going to plan and has come to help
- Grit teeth (again) and accept all help
- Cover the now repaired (and slightly less wonky) unit with roofing felt....find that you don't have enough tacks
- Get Youngest to start filling the first drawer
- Find things to put into the bee hotel
- Find you don't have enough things
- Find more things
- Start filling the second drawer
- Finally feel like it is all coming together
- Hang up both drawers and tuck the unit in amongst the plants
- Step back
Unit about to have the roofing felt tacked on,
Youngest rebuilding the drawers and filling the space with pinecones
Youngest's finished pine cone filled drawer,
hanging behind a Rambling Rector rose
My attempt to fill the second drawer.
Now residing within the hydrangea petiolaris (climbing hydrangea)
Filling the empty drawer spaces with recycled festive wreaths
saved each year for... well, for anything really!
The chest of drawers hiding near the pond in amongst the flowers.
The roofing felt looks a bit too new for my liking
so I have covered the top with pebbles, terracotta pots and sea glass.
So - that was my Sunday. It was filled with more than just this, there was friends and girlfriends, there was sleep-overs and walking, there were silly cats and hot cats and cats playing in the greenhouse.
How was your weekend?
Did you get up to anything creative?
Did you cuss and grind your teeth and something you were trying to do?
I must, before I finish, say hello to some new bloggy friends that have popped in and left some lovely comments. Hello to Joy from Joy Jinks Creations , Tails from Swallow Barn and Bethany from Pretty Little Fibre Co.