Originally we incorporated four sitting areas into the garden when we were planning the garden out 25 yrs ago. The first area was outside the back door where we had a wooden table, bench and single chair. The second area was the gravel area at the back where I am in the midst of giving it a makeover. The third area was the swinging seat under the dead oak and the fourth area was beside the wildlife pond. Our daughter and family gave us a beautiful Naples Love Seat for our Golden Wedding (ah, sweet!) but there was a dilemma – where were we to put it! On went the thinking caps and we decided that it was time to play musical chairs!
The wooden chair and table outside the back door was where we ate our meals, weather permitting, but they were now 25 yrs old and slowly rotting away, so we decided to replace them with something that would hopefully last a bit longer without having to have treatment every year. The 3 seater bench belonging to the table however is still in pretty good condition, so we moved it round the back and put it under the arbour when I started re-doing the gravel area, it just fits between two of the uprights, just the right size, it will be painted the same pale blue as the Lutyens type bench to match the pale blue grass.
The Lutyens style 2 seater bench that was under the arbour in the gravel area came out into a corner near the large terracotta pot. Seeing them together, they didn’t look very good, terracotta against brown, so that was when I made the decision to paint it pale blue to match my new lovely Festuca grass!
The painting is now further on from when I took the photo, I will show you the finished product in a while!
We decided to put the new Naples Love Seat in the pond area, where we would now have somewhere to rest our coffee mugs when we are sitting there watching the pond life. This means that we need somewhere to put Mothers old bench – into the woodland – after it too has had a makeover, that will now making sitting area no.5, but that can wait a while!
So where does the U.S. treasury come into the story? The new table and 8 chairs that we ordered for outside the back door is called the Havana Dining Set. When we tried to pay through Pay Pal, all sorts of security checks were demanded. When phoning Pay Pal to ask what the problem was, after a long time of being passed from one person to another, the undergardener found someone who could explain what the hold up was. Apparently the US treasury doesn’t allow anything to be imported from Cuba! The undergardener very patiently explained that the table and chairs were not coming from Cuba, it was just the name on the set, just like the Naples Love Seat didn’t come from Italy! Anyway, isn’t America supposed to friends with Cuba now? (Apologies to those of you in America!) We finally took delivery of our table, chairs and parasol about 3 weeks later than it should have been!
Eventually the problem was solved and we now have our lovely new dining set, we just need the family to come back and use it now, what a shame it didn’t arrive in time for the Golden Wedding celebrations!