Thursday, 5 July 2012
There is nothing that looks better than a beautiful hammock in a backyard, cottage or porch. It is so appealing. I remember heading out with my sleeping bag and spending the night sleeping on a hammock at my grandmother's cottage in Vermont. Waking up with the sun heating up your face.
Or sneaking away in the afternoon to relax and read a book in the hammock overlooking the water, until invariably someone comes up and gives a quick one handed flip and boom you are sitting on the ground with a few extra bruises.
Today, I would not even attempt to get in a hammock. When my second son was a baby, I got into a hammock with him and we turtled right over onto the ground. Some mother! There is no grace in getting in and out of a hammock. So i will just look longingly at them and hold onto my memories......
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Ahhhhh, I can imagine curling up in this bed with a book. The only problem is that it seems to be right on the street so I might wake up multiple times through the nite certain there is a face at my window. :)
This invokes memories of warm summer breezes.....
Of course the kids would be up at the crack of dawn grrh.....
Thursday, 3 May 2012
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Monday, 16 April 2012
I have always wanted a pool in my backyard. But there has always been a reason against it. When the kids were young we lived in High Park with a postage size backyard. I bought a swim spa and we kept it running year round. It was amazing to go out in the winter with the steam rising and the kids could actually swim in it. I could do laps. But it was an eye sore. When we sold the house the new home owners did not want it so we had to find a way to get rid of it.
I have been told time and time again that a pool has a negative impact on selling your property and there is a significant cost to putting one in. As a result, if we were going to get a pool we would buy a house with one. That house has never come along.
Last year I looked at putting a pool in our backyard, with landscaping it was going to cost around $100,000 for nothing extravagent. I couldn't justify it. I am getting older and less thrilled about putting on a bathing suit, that will only get worse with time. The kids are older. Then I came across the concept of a Green Swimming Pool. I loved the idea. It really becomes a water feature in your backyard, vs a swimming pool.
These pictures are more swimming oriented but you could make it to look very much like a pond- so you could swim or just have a beautiful landscape
Apparently these are big in Europe but rarer in Canada. There is a company in BC that does a fair number of these pools withwaterfalls, streams and bridges.
All insects and pond life find a balance so there is no need to fear infestations of mosquitoes or an invasion of frogs - any small creatures that do exist live in the plant zone while you relax in your own swimming zone.
The concept is
Thursday, 12 April 2012
A few years back I bought a double lounger for our cottage. It was one of the best investments I ever made. In the afternoons I would stretch out with my magazines, some pillow and a cool drink and invariably I would have company on my lounger. One of my boys would join me their book, my husband or the dog. The only problem was generally the dog was wet and smelly and was trying to get warm after a swim in the lake. It is funny how a piece of furniture can bring a family closer together..
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