This deck is about a quarter mile from our house and has no electricity down here, so I had to find battery-operated lights. I found some at Walmart before Christmas. These are LED lights that run on 3 C batteries per strand. I ran four strands over the deck.
I used flameless lights for the chandelier and the railing. The reason I chose the flameless candles is so that I could turn on the lights before-hand, and leave them unsupervised without fear of starting a fire. Then the lights were already lit when we walked down to the creek.
I took a several of these shots before I invited my family down to the creek.
When I was taking these pictures, I was walking around the woods looking at the deck and not down at my feet. That was not very smart considering there is some old barbed wire fencing down there that has the top wires missing. So, I tripped over the wire, ripped my new pants and gouged my shin… what I do for my family and my blog friends!! The next day, I took my bolt cutters down to the woods, and took the barbed wire to task. I took down a long section of fence so that I or anyone else out there won’t trip on it any more. Well, actually I threw it all into a pile that I have since handed over to Mr. CH to deal with. While I was taking down the barbed wire, we had a guest visiting. I was unaware how enticing the chore sounded, since the guest asked if he could cut some of the barbed wire. “Sure!” I said, handing him my bolt cutters. I have to admit I felt a little like Tom Sawyer who tricked some boys into whitewashing a fence for him, only I didn’t do it on purpose. Sadly, he had his “fix” of barbed wire removal in a few minutes, and handed the bolt cutters back to me. (I love city guests!!)
I am pretty excited about the possibilites of using this deck in warmer weather. Can you imagine it set up for a Summer dinner party? I just bought some Chinese paper lanterns today, and can’t wait to see them hanging up out here.
It was really cold, but with the blankets and warm mochas, it was a perfect evening.
When we finished our mochas we headed back to the house, getting chilled in the night air.
As we walked in the warm house, it felt so heavenly. I was glad to be inside, since the mochas had worn off and I was getting pretty cold. As we put away our coats and the blankets, our teenager reminded us that we had promised to play the new games she got for Christmas. In the city, my teenager is too busy to play games, but at the ranch with no cable, wifi, or phone, games are a welcome diversion. So we played the new games we got… ALL OF THEM. Yes our teenager forced us to play all three new games. It was fun, but I was exhausted when we finished.
A few weeks before, our friends, Sheila, Nate, Eli, Gabe, and Sam came for a visit. While it was too cold to eat dinner on the porch, after an indoor dinner, we did light a fire in the firepit, where we enjoyed wassail and s’mores, while Nate, Eli and our musical daughter played their guitars and sang. How wonderful that the burn ban was lifted in time for this visit. We gave the fire-making chores to the guys since they are boy scouts, and I must say they did an excellent job. We really enjoyed the visit, since they are lots of fun, and because I love to share the ranch with our friends. So even if you haven’t been for a visit in person, I hope you enjoy this virtual ranch visit as much as I enjoyed having you here. So glad you came.
Jennifer @ Town and Country Living says
What a wonderful evening on your cozy deck with a cup of mocha latte! Thanks for sharing the experience with us.
Coastal Cottage Dreams says
I love your creekside deck….Such a wonderful retreat for family, friends, and neighbors…..A place to play board games, cards, dance sing, roast marshmallows, I could think of 100 things….Thanks for sharing! What a wonderful little haven!
Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door says
I can not tell you how much I’d love to sit and visit on this deck! The twinkle lights are just lovely. I think you need to consider adding a hammock to this spot! Can’t you just imagine relaxing in a hammock with the sound of the creek below?
THE FARMHOUSE PORCH says
Such an amazing deck in the serene wooded setting. I know you’ll be doing some fun stuff with it when it warms up. Great pics too!
I definitely enjoyed the visit. What a beautiful setting. Hope your legs okay. Ouch!
So romantic and the ambience was so GREAT. Beautiful surrounding !
Tracey@Breathing English Air says
Absolutely idyllic, Anita. I’m not surprised your daughter loved it, it must have looked so welcoming as you approached.
Anita that is Gorgeous…. I just love places like that…what state do you live in? Im in Fl so we dont see hills and valleys like that..but I love them ..I come from a long line of WV country fok..so its in my blood, just not in my zip code..lol.. way to go.. I love doing stuff like that (surprises ) for my family.. breaks up the day to day ruts..
God Bless and have a awesome weekend.
Farmhouse Style Living says
Sounds like an absolutely perfect night! I would love to do something like that except it would be nuts in Michigan! Clever girl with the battery lights!
mary beth says
I’m so glad you live in a climate mild enough to enjoy this getaway even in the winter! You’re not going to believe this, but early this morning as I was waking up, I thought of your little woodsy hideout, and thought how wonderful it is going to be in early spring and the sounds of that season come to life! Thanks for sharing your twinkly night with us!
Betsy@ coastal-colors says
Anita, this is lovely! I love the lights! It’s so cozy and welcoming! I know your daughter loved it! Gorgeous! I would have a hard time ever leaving!
Enchanting! That’s all I’ve got to say. Kudos to you for creating this beautiful memory for your family.
(And “Happy New Year”, if I haven’t already greeted you in 2012….)
Thank you for the nice visit.
I just found you by hasard.
I say hello from France.
This is SO gorgeous!! Glad I found your blog at Hop Along Friday – following you now! Hope you have a minute to drop by Happy Hour Projects and say hello.
Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs says
Oh my goodness that is so pretty!! What a fun surprise for your family 🙂
Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says
I love the added lights. Sounds like the perfect evening.
Hi Anita! Oh, what a marvelous place! You are so blessed to have such a fabulous place. Your family is blessed to have you and your wonderful ideas! 🙂
Love your future plans of using this place during the spring and summer. Hope your little skin is healing up as that sounded like a real big ouchy!
Be a sweetie,
What a beautiful evening! Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us.
Living on Love and Cents says
Thank you for joining the blog hop today. I actually discovered you in the 31 day group. 🙂 I am now following you on pinterest, facebook & the google + wouldn’t work. 🙂 I hope you will stop by and visit me. Feel free to follow me too. Look forward to reading more from you! Have a great weekend!~ Heather http://www.livingonloveandcents.com
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY 🙂 I AM NOW FOLLOWING YOU ALSO. I’LL BE OVER TO CHECK OUT THAT DECK LOL. IS IT SNOWING YET? GIO
Trudy Callan says
What a nice surprise and memories you will cherish forever.
In answer to your question on my blog, yes, the t-shirt refashion was Emily’s work. Thank you for visiting and commenting. It was nice hearing from you. We think about you all often. Hope you are well. And while I’m thinking about it, did you ever hear back from the lady with the rodeo?
It looks lovely Anita-
what a beautiful place to sit and visit.
I think I would have grabbed my blankie and spent the night under those ‘stars’ … you’re one sweet mama
Confessions of a Plate Addict says
What fun! I hope your 1012 is off to a great start! Happy Saturday…hugs…Debbie
Kim @ Cheap Chic Home says
What a pretty deck, and what a nice surprise for your family. It must be very nice to have a retreat w/o all of the electronic diversions.
Great pictures! Love all the twinkly lights. (:
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Love the lights! I know you will use the deck so much this Spring and Summer!
What a wonderful creekside deck and what a wonderful surprise for your family! Great memories that you’re creating.
Oh man what a quiet little retreat!
Karah @ thespacebetweenblog says
Wow! That space is just awesome. What a fun surprise those lights were! A few blogger friends and I are collectively introducing a January challenge and it would be so fun if you want to participate. If you have a second, check it out at http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/imagine-the-impossibilities-challenge/.
Karah @ thespacebetweenblog
gorgeous, lovely and twinkly!
come visit anytime.
Honey at 2805 says
What a wonderful, cozy space to spend time with family. The added twinkle lights are a pretty touch!
Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!
Kim @ Cheap Chic Home says
Hi Anita, I clicked right over to take a look at your newly organized links! 😉 You did a great job–you had quite a few to edit.
Steve n Vickie says
What a fun surprise. I’m sure they loved it.
Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says
Love your pretty twinkle lights!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!
Love the lights-I’m your newest follower-stop by for a visit!
I am partying right in front of you at Nifty Thrifty Tuesday. What a great secluded spot. Fun to think of all the ways you can use it.