The Conservatory.

28 Mar

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Early morning sun casts dappled shade in a corner of the conservatory. conservatory 004

Olive, Fig and Lemon…newly repotted.

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Ganesh…remover of obstacles looks to the East.

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Buddha brings serenity.

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Tomato plants are looking good.

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Seating area sorted.

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Yes! We’ve finally got the conservatory sorted out. Up to now this has been a sort of dumping  area. Recycling stuff, tins of paint, building materials, all ended up here. Over the last few days we have had a big sort out. All the aforementioned are now in the newly tidied shed and the conservatory is at last how we want it. A useful,  usable space. A nice place to take a break or chill out in the Summer heat…hopefully!

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That’s me faffing about at the end…under Lettie’s watchful eye…as always. As you can see we’ve even found a place for the desk here.

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It’s the only place we could fit our big old American fridge. Not a modern reproduction but the real thing made in the US in 1957. We bought it in a second store when we first came back to Ireland in 1996. Someone loved it enough to bring it to Ireland with them.  I wonder if it was a returning emigrant or an American coming to live here? We shall never know but I often wonder.   Still works perfectly and a lot roomier than the new fridges.

Well it seems thats the house finished now! Time to get out there and get that garden sorted.



24 Responses to “The Conservatory.”

  1. Anne Wilson March 28, 2014 at 12:48 am #

    It looks great Bridget, lovely place to relax and watch the birds.

  2. Jane March 28, 2014 at 1:01 am #

    That is a beautiful space. I’d love it…and find ways to spend time there,.
    Jane x

  3. Lucy Corrander March 28, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    I wish I could have a conservatory! And one with such excellent character as yours! But no room where I live even to dream of one.

    • silverbells2012 March 28, 2014 at 8:07 pm #

      Agreed! I am thinking this is the way to go – such a useful indoor/outdoor space 🙂

      Bridget, I hope you have a lovely summer so you can enjoy your conservatory to its full.

      • bridget April 3, 2014 at 7:58 am #

        Fingers crossed!

  4. Mizz Winkens March 28, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    A lovely zen space Bridget! They surely don’t make fridges like your amazing American workhorse anymore!!

  5. Christina March 28, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    What a lovely space to have; do you get many lemons? It looks like the pot might be a bit large for it; they always say here (in Italy) to restrict the roots or they make only foliage.

    • bridget April 3, 2014 at 8:06 am #

      It’s my first year with that Lemon as I rescued it from a friend’s polytunnel. It has really greened up since repotting and is actually producing flowers now.

  6. ayearinredwood March 28, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    What a wonderful space, and your tomatoes are so healthy looking.

  7. cathsveggies1 March 28, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    Loving your conservatory,Bridget!

  8. Small House Under a Big Sky March 28, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    What a wonderful sunny and inviting space. A perfect place to practice yoga or to meditate.

  9. puppiesinparadise March 28, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

    What a really nice conservetory! I wish that I could have one with a porch swing in it. It has been a dream of mine for years. You seem to have space for a lot of plants. That is impressive that you have been successful with your lemon tree.

    • bridget April 3, 2014 at 8:05 am #

      The Lemon tree was a rescue plant. A friend had it in her polytunnel where it was yellow and not doing well at all. She gave it to me. Repotting and some feed have really brought it on. It’s even flowering now.

      • puppiesinparadise April 3, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

        Wow! I am impressed by your green thumb.

  10. Mirken March 28, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    What a lovely space you have, you really need something like that in Ireland so you can enjoy the outside without having to be outside in it 🙂 I only started my tomato seeds from seedsavers last week and their little tiny specks are just appearing above the soil… I hope they turn out as healthy as yours… I decided this year to turn my garden into a fruit/veg plot this year.. so a lot of work ahead of us but all worthwhile I hope :).. I take great inspiration from your blog… thanks so much Bridget!

    • bridget April 3, 2014 at 7:59 am #

      Thank you for your kind comments. Here’s hoping we all have a pleasant and productive Summer.

  11. KerryCan March 28, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    It’s fun to see things growing, even in pots! We’re supposed to get 6-10 more inches of snow tomorrow night and it makes me want to burst into tears!

    • bridget April 3, 2014 at 7:57 am #

      Hope your Spring comes soon.

  12. PlantPostings March 30, 2014 at 2:05 am #

    What a wonderful room! And it’s a working space, and tidy at the same time. I have trouble with that concept. My “working” rooms tend to be messy and my non-working rooms a little sparse. I’m impressed!

    • bridget April 3, 2014 at 7:57 am #

      Give it time! All is tidy because we’ve just had a big sort out…

  13. Donna@GardensEyeView March 30, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

    Oh what a grand room with so much going on. Love the space and the American frig…the old ones are the best, I agree.

  14. cohutt April 2, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    Very nice. We find that this time of year we spend much more time out in our sun room- not a conservatory by any means but definitely the sunniest indoor space we have.
    Any US appliance manufactured back then is overbuilt compared to the current ones & the compressor motor will be industrial grade by today’s standards.

    • bridget April 3, 2014 at 7:56 am #

      So what does that actually mean in layman’s terms?

      • cohutt April 3, 2014 at 10:57 am #

        ie built to last- motors are heavier duty, generally more power than what would be in today’s appliances by a factor of 2. modern cost saving design and manufacturing shortcuts had yest to be thought up and implemented. There is a freezer in our family that is older than I am (54) & I have two fans manufactured in the 1920s that will outlive my grandchildren- the amount of copper used in the motor coils is ridiculous and they weigh 2-3x what the modern equivalents do. Plastic was yet to be “invented”

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