our cherry tree/shrub

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Some exiting news:
I had a groundbreaking funny little idea regarding the layout of our sundeck…

When we first started this renovation I thought: yeah, let’s do this… it’s probably done by christmas. and we are living happily ever after…
Well, it wasn’t. Like so many other things covering your way down the renovation lane THINGS DO TAKE TIME! (sometimes almost everytime longer than you have ever expected) Because some constructors are a little less reliable when it comes to deadlines than others and that’s why the others can’t start in time and there are delays all over the place. story of a/our renovation.

This also happend with the constructor of the extension and the roof which happend to be slightly delayed so the constructors weren’t able to start with the balcony. (because before the balcony there has to be a facade which could not take place because we were really delayed and winter set in…) anyways. I won’t complain, because sometimes delays can result in brainwaves. The longer you think about something the more ideas you’ll have. (or at least that’s just me and my cant-decide-for-one-thing mindset)

And it occurred to me: what about planting a (pretty high) tree in front of the house (garden side; there’s already a pretty big one on the street side!) and make this tree part of the balcony!?
Martin thought that’s a pretty cool idea too, so we searched for a tree that’s already high enough to have its crown on our balcony… like a shrub on the balcony but with the trunk underneath it… do you know what I mean? Here’s a rough sketch:kirsche01
white: balcony; green: our new tree!
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We decided to go for a cherry tree. For some reasons:
– Cherry blossoms are such beauties!
– Martin loves cherries.
– (Hopefully) we won’t have a wasp problem (as they are not attracted by cherries).
– You can make pie! (if I only learn how to bake until then; or my two baking-queens Lucy & Uli have to do the job for me? What do you think, Ladies?)

We searched a few tree farms but most people want their cherries close to the ground.. for obvious reasons. But we found a gardener who took us to his fields and searched for the right tree. And I think we found the one that’s just perfect for us: almost 4m high and the crown will grow egg-shaped! (so plenty of space left and still the chance to have a rocking chair next to it!)
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Luckily my dad has some super-nice vehicles which come in handy in case you plan to transport, carry and plant a tree that big.
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Right after Martin had the first spade of earth moved. My brother Schorsch showed up with his girlfriend and my gogo-gadget-cousin Robert. The boys helped us planting the tree.
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We cut away the wire mesh and the boys had a hard time holding all the heavy soil and roots. But they released it just in time!
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What do you think? Huge, right!?
Let me tell you I can’t wait to have the facade done (or at least get the company start on it), because then it’s just a matter of time to get rid of the scaffold and to start with our deck! exiting times to come!

 

punsch gathering part 1

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We thought it would be a nice to thank our oh-so-motivated, strong crewmembers and all of our patient neighbours (we messed up a gardenparty of our neighbour Herbert when we removed the truss and the roof! do you remember: dust and noise everywhere! so sorry for that!) by throwing a little Punsch and Glühwein gathering.
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Martin and I started early (2 weeks ago) to prepare our basement for the party. The room was basically a total mess. Stuff everywhere, dirt and dust everywhere and holes everywhere! So the first thing we did was to empty the room and clean everything. Then we put all the things back in, we thought we might need for a nice party.
Speaking of holes: I had the idea of making a large wallpaper-print (1 by 2,5 meters) to cover them up. It turned out as a true encouragement for good commuications during the party. The people (all related somehow to the treehouse) had immediately some nice things to talk about and stories to tell by looking at my wallpaper-drywall-installation.
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We invited Peter – a chef friend of mine – to make the Glühwein and Punsch for us and it was delicious! Thank you Peter.
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The boys prepared some swedish torch lights.
If you got some spare tree stumps at home its a perfect way to get rid of them and keep the boys busy preparing the torches. (and of course its also a great decoration for any outdoor party!)
Just cut a stump (not all the way through) so that you get 4 or more sections.
Put some thick wire around the sections (so it doesn’t fall apart while it burns)
put some firelighters in the middle and make a fire.
et voila!
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and as you can see in Schorsch’s and Peter’s face… anything that includes fire and some chainsaw-DIY really is the boys-favorite-decoration!
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more party photos to come.

 

extension

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All of you dear readers (and helpers) know that we are more or less a DIY-team. Whenever we can we trust our hands and skills or (f.ex when it comes to building walls) we tend to have a pretty naive approach and think we can make it by our own. (most of the time it works!)
But for some crafts we need a little more professional help. Things like the roof, the windows or our new wooden extension for example.

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The guys from our carpender company are working super fast on our new (tiny) extension.
When Gustave and I had a little site-seeing tour a few days ago we where pretty pleased to see how fast they work. The wooden frame was already built and the roof was connected. Gustave got pretty exited too!
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He’s a true lover of the big garden mudpit and runs as fast as he can!  There used to be a little sand pit in the middle of the property… luckily its covered now with soil because as soon as Gustave saw it he tossed and turned himself in the sand like a maniac… for now he just runs like a scalded cat.
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Gustave is pretty bad in climbing up the ladder so he had to wait for me “downstairs”.
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It looks so different. I really got jused to the tree standing somehow lonely in front of the house. With the new extension it looks more like the tree is again a part of the house. (Although we will – of course – keep the roof and everything away from the old lady).

UPDATE: sorry guys, I’m NOT a native speaker…
today it dawned on me (while writing another post..) that I misspelled extension! aaaah, hate that! But I hope you got the point and know what I’m talking about!? … Luckily I have a lot of photos in my blogposts so the pictures tell the story even if you don’t understand what I’m talking about!