Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Picnic Spot

We enjoy sitting at our picnic table in the summer talking and enjoying a meal. We have also been known to do crafts or woodworking project here also. We bought the picnic table at Home Depo when we first moved into the house 8 years ago for $100. It has definately been worth having because it has seen a lot of use.

I buy a new plastic tablecloth every spring for the table at a thrift store or yard sale and never pay more than $0.50 or $1.00 since it will be in the trash before the end of fall. I like the solid colored ones so this year it is yellow last year it was green and next year is blue. In the fall the squirrels tear the tablescoth to shreds because they pick the cotton backing off of it for nesting. The first year I put a plastic tablecloth on it I couldn't figure out what had happened. As I watched the spot for a couple days I spotted a squirrel pulling and tugging pieces of the cotton off early one morning. I decided after that to leave the cloth on until I think the squirrels are done with it and then I throw it away.

We bought the Teak Torches at a fleamarket last spring for $5 for the set. They are brass (I think) and we spray painted the rod part green to match our swing area. We were glad to find them since the bamboo ones we had were rotting. We have daffodils planted around one of the trees and purple forget-me-nots. My daughter Nastasja and I dug the forget-me-nots from the grass and replanted them when she was 10 years old. I also have a squirrel feeder on one of the trees that I got at a fleamarket for $10. The squirrels love eating ears of corn off it and we enjoy watching them.

This is what our picnic spot looks like now. I have a sheppard's hook that I plan on adding to this area so that I can put a hanging basket on it. I would also like to add some wildflowers around the tree to give it some color in the summer. The second tree without flowers is going to be cut down because it died as you can see it doesn't cast very much shadow.

This is what it looked like in the spring. (The date on the picture is not correct)

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  1. Hi,
    What a nice spot to spent family time & meals . I'm sure many memories have been made there.I have lots of squirrels too, they can do funny things.8-)

  2. I was spraying a clear coat on baked dried bagels one day at our picnic table. I left them out to dry and a squirrel took off with one. I can't imagine that it was good to eat!
    But I watched my bagels much more closely after that!

    I'll bet your squirrels have nice cozy nests with all of that white fluff.

    Becky K.


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