Summer Patio Project

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VIEW TOWARD THE CHAPEL AND OUR GARDEN

STAIRS LEADING TO THE FRONT YARD AND RAISED BRICK PATIO

STAIRS LEADING TO THE FRONT YARD AND RAISED BRICK PATIO

IM007522THE CORNER OF THE COURTYARD IS WHERE THE FIRE PIT WILL BE LOCATED.
Last week my husband finished his all-summer-long project. He has said, more than once and to several people, that if he knew how much work it was going to entail, he would not have undertaken it. But as we walk out onto our new patio and up the impressive stone stairs, we are both glad he completed it.  With cold weather setting in, it will be next spring before we can enjoy it.

A fire pit in matching stone will sit in the farthest corner from the stairs. We intend to purchase a kit that includes the stone to make a circular pit with an iron inner rim and attached grill grate. The grate is on a pin that enables it to swing out over the fire when we want to do some campfire cooking.

Suddenly our century-old barn home has a modern patio courtyard attached to the lower level entrance to the dairy barn stable. The mix of primitive old and new is charming.

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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