Our lovely birdhouse has been in the garage for eight years – but it only feels like two.
The same year we bought our cottage in the woods we spotted a charming birdhouse at a local fair and snapped it up. It was made by a man with a sweet Kentucky or Tennessee drawl whose card is lost to me but he had a lovely smile and a wonderful selection of handmade bird houses.
Ours is my favorite Gustavian blue and built on an old barnwood platform that sits on a board nailed to a length of porch post.
Both of us immediately loved details like the steps leading up to the white perch and the little extension on the side. But with our renovation, furnishing, landscaping, a lightning strike, underground electrical cable break, appliance repairs, replacements and a host of other things to do, we never got around to placing the birdhouse outdoors.
One obstacle was finding the right person to do such a small job, which includes a lot of digging in very rocky soil, plus figuring out how to anchor it. Then I saw a post by Pam at Our Adventures in Home Improvement and spotted her lovely birdhouses – yes, plural. Pam generously shared her secret for putting them in the ground: use a mailbox anchor from Home Depot! Of course, or du-u-uh, as I’m fond of saying. How logical. So now that I know how to get it done (thank you Pam!), I need to figure out where to put it. But first, a little tour.
This is the side of the extension, with some green paint in addition to the chippy blue and the tar-colored corrugated roof.
The black Gothic window on the opposite side matches the roof. It makes me wonder if this could have been intended as a little country church?
Right now, my first choice for placing it is a mossy knoll on the side of the yard which has a wagon wheel the previous owners left and some scrubby, transplanted azaleas which I’ve sorely neglected as I’m a fourth-rate gardener who lacks sufficient interest in the pruning and fertilizing that make things look good later. Of course, it’s looking a bit barren this week (the grass only turned green two days ago because it is so hair-tearingly cold here – still).
My other thought is to park it on the right of the shed, which is no beauty so why call attention to it? However, it’s brown and the birdhouse is blue and they will look good together.
The shed area looks much better in the summer.
As I’ve been writing this post, a diabolical thought occurred to me. Why not just keep the birdhouse in the sun room, inside the house and repurpose the post eventually for our new mailbox?
Allison keeps her birdhouse collection in the pantry — along with the breadcrumbs. So, while I figure out where to place the house permanently, I found a fancier spot for it than the garage.
Oddly (or perhaps not so oddly) it coordinates perfectly with the table and it improves this corner of the sunroom as a sculpture would. It can stay here until we decide on a permanent place to nail it home.
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