Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Under Cover

pergola structure extends from back of exterior wall behind kitchen
The pergola structure has been finished for two weeks now and the roofing materials were delivered next week.  This week the team building the structure came to finish the job and today they packed up their tools, all finished.  A great job and a new area for us to use.  Well, not quite yet.  We still need to put paving in, and that happens in January, after taking delivery of pavers we ordered.  Meantime though, there is a concrete foot path along the house side.  And a cover on that will provide shade on hot days.

It feels like an outdoor room now, what a difference having a roof cover on makes !

pergola with roof on, looking out towards garden

Having the pergola roof on makes it obvious that we need to paint or restore the old roof.  It is an odd colour, gold ochre in some areas and pale red in other places.  It was originally red, but the colour faded in the sun.  We will be planning the roof restoration and makeover for the coming months, so next year !

It's almost Christmas and the past month has been cockatoo "season" across the street, in the large trees in the park.  Not just a few birds either.  Hundreds of them. Maybe 300 ?  It is hard to count them.   But there are definitely more than 200.  And you can't miss them.  They are big birds and screech very loudly.  A chorus of hundreds of them makes a very loud noise.  They swoop around and fly fast, from tree to tree.  Many will sit in a large tree, and more keep coming until the tree branches have 80 or more cockatoos on them.  Lately, the grass on the way to the sports oval in the park has been littered with white feathers.  Sulphur tinged white cockatoo feathers.

The cats enjoy having some feathers to sniff and bat around too.

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