Sunday, 22 July 2012

Terrace finale

Earlier this week Ken Blomeley finished tiling our terrace and it's fair to say we think it is absolutely wonderful! We now have a large outdoor living space where we can eat and generally be indolent when not working.... and if the weather allows.

finished terrace!
We have a somewhat eclectic collection of outdoor chairs of varying ages and decrepitude as well as a teak dining table with 4 chairs. We'd bought the table and chairs the minute we arrived as we were camping in the house for 2 weeks and needed something to sit on/eat at before our furniture arrived from the UK.

large box on our drive: flat pack alert!
Now the terrace is 'operational' we decided to treat ourselves to a 'salon de jardin' as they call it here. We settled on a Dutch make, well known for its quality and durability, and bought it via Cdiscount. The fact that it was on offer was a nice bonus! On Friday we picked up a sizable box from their pick-up point--it just fitted into the car--and steeled ourselves for a session of flat-pack assembly.
nosy cat joining photo session
In all fairness, the instructions were amazingly clear and straightforward, and, believe us, we've seen many which were not!  It took us just under 2 hrs yesterday to put it all together and we're very happy with the result. Even the weather is co-operating as it is set to be very good this coming week, so we will be able to enjoy it to the full.
I'm a garden statue, don't you know!

24 comments:

GaynorB said...

Lovely!

I hope the weather holds for the week and we get to enjoy it too. I'm sure that Katinka will soon be making herself at home there!

Leon and Sue Sims said...

I can see many long hours of enjoyment and entertaining in your new outdoor living room!!!
Looks great.

the fly in the web said...

That looks super...both terrace and furniture.
Fingers crossed now for a wonderful summer to enjoy it to the full.

ladybird said...

Congratulations! It's stunning!!! I'm sure you'll spend many a happy hour on this beautiful terrace. I have some doubts about the garden statue, though. They normally don't come with collars. So it may be a real cat!! So, a warning, don't leave any food lying around when the statue is in place :)). Martine

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Gaynor - she's already "claimed" a chair :-) Fingers crossed it stays good for next Saturday!

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Leon & Sue - having a lazy day out there today to 'break it in' :-)

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Fly - just hope the weather settles down now. This week the forecast is v good; but we really need a long-ish spell of uninterrupted heat and sun.

Susan said...

It looks fantastic! And that photo of Katinka is classic.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Martine - garden statue got wind of Niall in kitchen soon after and 'vanished' sharpish :-))

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Susan - thanks; we're really really pleased how it turned out.
She's such a poser isn't she?

Carolyn said...

It all looks great, cat included. And now that everything is finished, you get another sunny day. Perfect timing.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Carolyn - and it is looking good for the rest of the week too :-)

Tim said...

Looks superb... enjoy!
How long did it take Katinka to 'find' the nice new chairs?

Vagabonde said...

Your terrace looks wonderful and with the furniture I can see that many happy hours will be spent there. Your last picture with the cute kitty is adorable.

wcs said...

Very nice! I'm glad the weather is finally cooperating. The sun is nice, eh?

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Tim - nano seconds :-)

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Vagabonde - she is and in the nicest possible way knows it too!

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Walt - makes a huge difference!!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I hope you will get as much pleasure from your outdoor space as we do from ours, for me it was the most important room!

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Lindy - we hope to more or less 'live' out there when weather permits so very important for us too :-)

Perpetua said...

Oh, I do like that, Niall and Antoinette! A perfect place to enjoy this glorious weather. :-)

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Perpetua - glorious it is indeed :-) and we've definitely been enjoying the space!

JEH2011 said...

Wow... Looks wonderful! Nice style too. Enjoy! Jane x

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Jane - it's great and finished right on time for the hot weather we've been having :-)