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Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Regular friends of the decanter may recall that this past summah’s posting here was dominated largely by ol’ Robbo’s experiences in dealing with the addition of a new covered porch to Port Swiller Manor.  One of the things I wasn’t able to do was to post pictures of said porch in order to illustrate what I was on about, despite the requests of a few of you.

Well, it just so happened that today Mrs. R spotted a couple shots of the work posted on Facebook by the builders in an attempt to drum up more biznay.  (We had said they were welcomed to do so.)  Therefore, in order to satisfy the curiosity of those friends of teh decanter who had previously requested that I do so, and more particularly to show teh Mothe (who has not visited recently), I post said pics for your consideration.  (These were snapped just after construction was completed.  Since then, the grass has mostly grown back in the spots covered with hay.)

Teh first is the long view from the north (clicky for enlargenment):


The second is from the reverse angle, taking in the new patio as well:


Alas, I don’t have any “before” pics on file.  So you’ll have to take my word for how delighted we have been with the upgrade.  Indeed, we have found so far that said porch is a natural point of gravitation in all but the most extreme of weathers.   (We have since put a free-standing fire pit on the patio, where we had hoped to do s’mores this weekend as part of teh youngest’s birthday sleep-over.  Alas, I fear it’s going to be too damn cold.)

The next phase is to do some landscaping in order to hide the boney knees of the support pillars.  One part of me leans toward putting a shrubbery all the way around.  (“NI!”)  The other part suggests some trellises against which to plant some jasmine or honeysuckle, leaving a couple of arched entrances to the space underneath.   Frankly, I’m leaning toward the latter idea.

Also, I’ve hung up a feeder full of nyger seed for the goldfinches on the stair landing, and another full of regular seed outside the door at the top, which you can kinda see if you embiggen the pic.  You can’t see it from this angle because of the camilla, but Robbo’s library window is directly to the left and Robbo’s favorite comfy chair is just inside teh window.  I love to sit there and watch teh birds.

Well, there you have it.


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