The deck is finished and I wanted to share our picnic with you.
Since everything has to be carried down to the deck, I decided that regular dishes and glasses would not be a good long-term solution to outdoor dining at the deck. So yes, I did it. I bought more dishes. These are camping dishes that are not going to break if they clink together on the trip down to the deck. There’s no electricity or indoor plumbing out here, and whatever we haul down, needs to be hauled back, even the trash.
I brought this little table down here so we would have a place to serve the food and drinks. Do I need to mention that I got it from Peggy?
And yes, these are not photos from the spring, it really is this green by the creek now. No sign of a drought down here by the creek.
You can hear the babbling sounds of the creek, although it is at least 20 feet down from here.
I am hoping to paint these chairs and table soon, but haven’t gotten to it yet. And the color certainly didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying our little picnic. This vase below is from Ikea.
I used some simple Baby’s Breath since we didn’t have anything blooming at the ranch right now. Normally we still have flowers blooming even in the fall (not Bluebonnets but other flowers.) I have seen some brave souls peeking through the parched hay, but they weren’t large enough for an arrangement, so I bought these at the store.
We have the table set for the soup.
Yes, glasses would have been more elegant, but here we are “roughing it” so we are using cups for water and coffee. Baskets are great for loading up food and dishes to carry to the deck. Even my fifteen-year-old doesn’t mind helping to carry a pretty basket filled with yummies. The deck is about 1/4 a mile from the house.
I bought the pots and pans and coffee pot when we first bought our ranch. There was a 100-year old house on the property, but it had no electricity or running water. Green Acres seemed like a luxury hotel to us, since on Green Acres Lisa and Oliver actually had water and electricity. (I’ll show you pictures of our old farmhouse in a later post.) So we bought a cook stove and used these pots and pans to cook at the old farm house, before we splurged and got electricity to the pole near the house. We still needed a 100-ft electrical cord to get the electricity from the pole to the house.
Let me just say this that my idea of camping is using a modern kitchen to prepare the meal, and simplying transporting the food down to the creek. But since there aren’t any facilities by the creek, if anyone needs to “go”, it is a long trek back to the house, so hmmm, maybe I can get my potty chair down here. Oh don’t worry, I was just kidding.
We will probably put a grill down here at some point, but for right now, we aren’t allowed to use it any way because of the wildfire risk.
This drink dispenser works well for tea or water.
I used some simple rustic napkins tied together with a little bit of raffia.
I hope you can get the perspective of the photos, that the deck is really essentially a treehouse.
And tha concludes our tour of the deck “dining room,” I’ll show you the “living room” later!!