Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A Simple Rack

Knowing about our 'evening strolls', friends often ask us to look out for certain items for them. Usually it doesn't take long before we find exactly what they'd asked for. My good friend Ed, who can't walk well enough to shop for heavier or larger items himself, recently asked me if I would think of him if I saw anything he could use as a display for his collection of music instruments. I suspect he was inspired by seeing my rack-like cupboard on my blog, because I had given him the site address only shortly before. The coincidence had it that the day before I ran into Ed, my BF and I picked up a simple wooden rack that seemed to be perfectly fit for this purpose. Only he liked it for himself and had taken it to his flat already. Nevertheless I promised Ed I would ask, but otherwise I expected we'd soon find something like it again.

As he wasn't using his rack yet and willing to help out my BF decided to part with it. So I e-mailed Ed a couple of days later to tell the good news, but what do you know? Before we had even had a chance to set a date to bring the rack over to his place, we did find another one. Exactly one week after the first one and almost the same model, same size, a bit less fancy but therefore even more stable.

Last Sunday we went round to Ed's place to deliver the latest addition to his home, but unfortunately he wasn't home yet. Thinking he might have missed a bus or tram we found the downstairs neighbour ready to open the door to the staircase, so at least we could place it inside by his flat door. It's just too bad we missed his face as he found a surprise when he came home, as it turned out, just ten minutes later.
I hope to get a pic of the rack in Ed's flat soon.
Just to show the difference (sorry for the crappy photo) here's our rack.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Garden Plants II, Phloxes

As promised earlier, here are the pics of my phloxes that my BF picked up for me in the trash of the DIY and Garden Shop. I found them in the backyard when I came home from work, what a lovely surprise indeed. He told me there were even more, but he took all he could carry on his bicycle. It was late August so the flowers were starting to fall out and some leaves were turning brown. I didn't care, knowing they would grow back I left the three plants in their pots and the following spring grouped them together in a large pot. This is their second year and although I have the feeling that I have less shoots then last year, the flowers are even fuller and bigger, esp. the darker pink and taller kind. Or should I maybe put them in the full ground after all? Does anyone have experience with this?

Thursday, July 05, 2007

My Footstool

What is this weird hairy fluffy pink thing? A cat sofa? They tried, but decided it wasn't a keeper. A prayer bench? The color seems a bit too wild for that.

My beloved BF had promised to make me a footstool from scrap wood, but he was procrastinating as so often when he has to make something for ME. Then on one Sunday evening excursion he disappeared behind a building container where I saw only dirty and broken stuff, and returned with this hilarious piece. It's bordeaux red laquered legs make me think of a Chinese origin, but whatever, I'm happy to use it as a footstool and maybe that's just what it is.

I'd never buy a thing like this, but that's what makes curbside shopping so exciting and it matches perfectly with the reds, purples and pinks in my office/bedroom (yep, the misery of a tiny 2-room flat).