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Sort Of On A Roll

Ok, well I said G Dude was here. Mostly he was here to finish replacing the paddock fence, which was wire and wooden post, with boards. Far more Virginian and pleasant to look at. We've decided not to paint the boards black, the typical color here. At night, when we go down to the coop, the Dude and I don't use flashlights. On a dark night, it's nice to have this vague glow of the fence visible. It sort of lets you know where the gate is. Those photos come later.

For Mother's Day I asked for the fire pit I've been wanting for 2 years now, even since I saw one at a neighbor's. Miss E wants to have a camp out at my cabin and what's a camp out without the cook out part? I think it's too dangerous to have an open fire at certain times of year, hence the fire pit idea. A fire pit is supposed to be put on stones or bricks. So I needed G Dude to put something together. It started as your engineering square when I wanted a circle and there were all these arguments about how far away from the cabin, etc. The engineers won, much to my dismay, about the square shape. Then G Dude found these pre-fab pavers. Totally man-made in different shades and textures, but only one shape. However, the shape gets rotated to fit against itself. It's a puzzle and what you end up with is something that looks more organic than it really is.

Oh, and I wasn't satisfied with a fire pit circle, puzzled or square. Once I saw these I wanted a path and a place to put chairs in front of the steps...

From the steps of my cabin to the fire pit "circle."

From the fire pit back to my cabin door.

Rainbow Tom is always ready to find a new place to flop...here he tries out the new path.

Thomas takes his job very seriously.

A closeup of the pavers and how they fit and are yet all alike.

Patio area wide...

Patio area in portrait to show the door...

Goliath comes down to see what Thomas and I are doing.

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marshall_payne
May. 30th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
Cool kitties!
tcastleb
May. 30th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
Awwww. I wanna come out and roast marshmallows.
mindseas
Jun. 1st, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
Meeee toooo!
chant_1
May. 30th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Ooh, very pretty! And aren't you lucky to have your own quality control inspector. Tom seems very vigilant...er, in a cat-like way. ; )
birdhousefrog
May. 30th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
As long as he's lying down, he's vigilant. With his eyes closed, usually. But here he was stress-testing each of the pavers to be sure it would support our weight.
chant_1
May. 31st, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
That kind of attention to detail cannot be purchased...this is truly a labor of love. ; )
dancinghorse
May. 31st, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Beautiful! I love those pavers.

Edited at 2009-05-31 12:11 am (UTC)
karen_w_newton
May. 31st, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
It looks nice! And now you know when you want something, you just have to come up with a way to present it was an engineering challenge.
birdhousefrog
Jun. 1st, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
I wish it worked like that. Sigh.
kelly_yoyo
Jun. 1st, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Those are the nicest paving stones I've ever seen. They look random but aren't! Wow!

And the kitties are awfully adorable too.
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