The Wandering Monk visited the blog the other day. He says there aren’t enough pictures.
So here you go. Not long ago, I gave you the tale of the west wall. Now here’s the north wall and how we (but as always, mostly the Monk) solved the Dreaded Drainage problems and created beauty.
Few words, many pictures. Reduced out of mercy. Click to embiggenate.
2015. After Handyman Mike’s dreadfully botched bathroom remodel. My heart sank. This photo also gives you an idea of the way the back of the house was sunk into the bottom of a hill. Oh, the drainage issues. And rot. Do I even need to mention the rot?
2016. With your contributions, progress begins on the drainage mess.
We (but mostly the Monk) begin to make something beautiful.
Getting there … getting there …
Still a few details to go. A little more trim. Pavers next spring. Finishing the interior of the screen porch. Then of course more projects this winter and next summer. But it’s quite the transformation, wouldn’t you say?
Now there is this tiny patch of forest on the hill behind my newly beautiful house. Since buying the place I’ve wanted to cut a small trail up there. But now that I’ll be looking at that hill all the time, I’m thinking a future project for the Monk is “The Fern Trail.” (He hates ferns and would like them all dead; I think they’re so beautiful and so right for this part of the world that someday I want to replace my lawn with nothing but ferns, salal, knickknick and other plants that grow wild in our forests.)
When I bought this place it was nothin’ but uuuuuugggggggggggggly. Now we’ve begun to create and reveal such beauty I’m in awe that I own such a spot. The house itself will never be much: a funky one-bedroom, one-bath cottage, but cute as a button and with (as the real estate types put it) a couple of very nice “bonus rooms.” But what a setting. What a place to enjoy.
I couldn’t have done it without The Wandering Monk and all the donors to my last two fundraisers. Yikes, what would I have done without you? Special thanks to S, D, AE, V, “Rockefeller,” jw, AW, and … well, so many people who contributed so generously over the years that I’m remiss for not naming you all. Just know that you made it possible. So, dear blog donors, pat yourselves on the back for your excellent work.