Spring cleaning is ongoing. Walt especially has created a whirlwind of activity. He has mowed the yard (half an acre) twice already in April. And he has power-washed the front terrasse (front porch? patio? deck?) to get it ready for the summer season.
Buying a little kärcher, as they call it — a power washer or nettoyeur haute-pression — a few years ago was a really good investment. Kärcher is the German company that makes the best-known power washers.
Here's the result. It doesn't take very long to pressure-wash the tiled surface, but moving all the stuff that "lives" on the terrasse is a big job. And then it has to be put back. Walt cooks out here on the grill when the weather is good, and we enjoy sitting out here taking in the view.
Tasha enjoys the terrasse too, especially when it's warm enough to leave the sliding glass doors between the outdoor space and the living room open. Above, she was watching a bird, I think. Below, she was just being happy.
The terrasse is on the east-facing side of the house, which means it gets good morning sun but not too much afternoon heat. It wraps around the north-facing side of the house too — who knows why they built it that way. About the only thing I can figure is that it makes it easy to wash the window over there.
The aucuba plant in the pot is one that grew from a cutting given to us by CHM. It likes the northern exposure.