In all its splendor.....
This is my very most favorite picture of The Garden Palace.
It goes without saying why.
Doesn't it make you want to go inside.
I don't know why but these are the only pictures I have showing
The Garden Palace
in all its splendor.
Have I told you The Garden Palace is all of 18 by 22 feet?
396 square feet.
I could live in it.
One thing I could count on dear husband to do for me was use his pickup to haul equipment and material that was more than I could handle.
When it came time for me to paint the outside, he hooked up to his trailer and we went to the big city to rent scaffolding with humongous wheels so I could just roll it around.
I so wish I had a picture of me on the scaffolding scrapping the first and only coat of paint my little daydream ever had.
I used bleach on the grayed wood, before applying one coat of Kiltz and two coats of paint. I remember I had the scaffolding for the month of September and I think I renewed the rental for October.
The peek of the gable is at least 26 feet off the ground and my scaffolding didn't quiet put me high enough.
I have a vivid memory of taping my brush to a broom handle and turning a five gallon bucket upside down to stand on to reach the peak.
The above and below picture is of the same front corner taken at different times and most likely different years.
As you can see, I did run a water line, but not to the inside. We dropped a pvc line across the tank and ran it to this corner.
It is not functional at the moment.
And I've just added that to my 2014 list.
The other front corner.
aka horsemint, bee balm, bergamot
It grows wild on my place.
It is thought to be a weed by some.
Any Garden Palace should have bee balm.
When you come for the tea party, we will have
Bee Balm Tea
1 tablespoon of the fresh edible bee balm flower.
(leaves can be used too)
1 cup of water
honey or sugar to taste
Place bee balm in a tea ball and then in the prettiest tea cup you have.
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over it.