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  •  It's so lovely! (5+ / 0-)
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    On my monitor, it looks to be the perfect color - not quite pink, not quite purple.  Like the middle bowl of porridge, it's just right.  Yay for the Goldilocks principle!

    Here's my "previously loved" chairs after the first wipe down with Murphy's Oil Soap ... Were they worth $60.00 each, do you think?  I know you'll be honest!


    They're sharing the small deck with another teak set we purchased new while living in Canada 110 years ago ...

    I do wish the seller had disclosed that there was some missing hardware, but oh well.  I should have looked more carefully before stuffing them into the car.  As i said, they're still perfectly functional, and i'll buy something to fill in the holes (something other than the little wrench i stuck into one of the footrest holes to keep it steady).

    I suppose i could have paid less for them, but i really wanted them, and haggling gives me hives. :)  I like that one has a little cut out on the top, and one does not.  The footrests are slightly different as well ...

    The cushions are temporary (and will probably be temporary for the next several years!).

    •  those are really nice... (5+ / 0-)
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      I love them!!  Which of the hardware was missing?  And is the wood okay? (like not the reason that the hardware came out because wood rotting in places??)

      I rather like the blue and green stripe combo.  But I'm partial to those colours  :)

      The fountain is perfectly placed behind the chairs!!  Or were the chairs perfectly placed in front of the fountain??  heh....

      ;-)

      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

      by kishik on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 03:43:31 PM PDT

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      •  Ha! Yea, the fountain was first. One of the ... (5+ / 0-)
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        ... regular chairs was in that corner to next to it, but i found myself craving a way to really relax and put my feet up in that spot.  The "dining" chair just wasn't cutting it ...

        The wood seems to be in fine condition, actually!  No rot at all.  A chip here or there, but no majorly split or separated wood that i've found yet.  Granted, i haven't really turned them over to thoroughly scrub the underside, but i'm guessing there will be no surprises.  They're sturdy when in use. :)

        The missing hardware is weird, and in a few spots.  I can't fathom how they might have slipped out, except i gathered from the owner that his wife hated the chairs when they got gray.  So annually, he took them all apart and "refinished" them.  It was possibly during this process that some of the screws and bolts went missing?  Or weren't screwed back in tight enough?  ~ shrug ~

    •  oh and yes... (5+ / 0-)
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      the flower isn't really pink.  It's definitely a pale lavender...

      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

      by kishik on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 03:44:17 PM PDT

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    •  for teak (4+ / 0-)
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      you got a wonderful deal!!! I really like them and especially liking the set you got in Canada. Great deals!

      •  YAY! (4+ / 0-)

        I'm so thrilled you think they were a good value.  Without question, you'd have gotten a better deal, but i lack your charismatic ways with the bargaining. :)

        •  I have bid at auction on teak dining sets (4+ / 0-)
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          twice in the last couple of years. Both times they went way beyond my means. Old weathered teak is still extremely vaulable. I cannot imagine what your chairs orginally cost.

          •  It was a pricey set, but it's held up ... (4+ / 0-)

            ... so very well over the years.  I'm really glad we made the decision to buy it.  And unlike that fellow's wife, i love a bit of gray on wood like this.  I give it an annual wipe down with Murphy's Oil Soap, and (in my opinion) it keeps it smooth and clean without spoiling the patina.

            These steamer chairs don't seem to be of the same quality, but they'll do.  Hopefully, a few more rub downs, and i'll get the color to the place i want it to be.

            Meanwhile, the eclectic collection you've got in your grill area is nothing short of divine.  And you get things for free!  That must be such a heady feeling ...

            •  You know, it struck me ... (4+ / 0-)

              ... as i was making breakfast, that i agonize over the purchase of used steamers, while you're considering the purchase of an entire house!  It's a wonder you're able to get to sleep at night ... :)

              •  regardless enjoy the teak (4+ / 0-)
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                the thing about buying used is it doesn't hurt as much if it gets destroyed. I am still thinking about the house. I am being pushed by several. Someone outside the country has offered to go in with two of us. All he asks is that he can live on the third floor during summer. During our winter, he stays in the southern hemisphere.

                •  Oh, GUG ... (3+ / 0-)
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                  I hope these friendships are solid.  Money can make people very weird ...

                  "How come i'm always the one to plunge the toilets while you drink all the wine and leave your water rings everywhere!  I'm literally sick of this shit!"

                  You've probably considered all that though. :)

                •  You could always start a commune. (3+ / 0-)
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                  I hear it's going to be the wave of the future. You might as well get a head start...

                •  this is the green house, right?? (2+ / 0-)
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                  not the previous b&b???

                  I hope that old old one can be preserved!!!  Doesn't it have historical value??

                  All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

                  by kishik on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 03:01:36 PM PDT

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                  •  No, the former B&B (2+ / 0-)
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                    I haven't ruled anything out but I'm beginning to think that maybe I should just stay put. I truly love the house that I am in.

                    •  The former b&b (2+ / 0-)
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                      Is incredible, GUG.  I wish they could put it back to its original state!

                      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

                      by kishik on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 03:58:46 AM PDT

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                    •  I was going to suggest (3+ / 0-)
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                      staying put and adding a standing seam metal roof but then I remembered you just put on a new roof!

                      The awesome thing about your house, other than the amazing things you've done with the interiors, is that it grew organically over a period of centuries.

                      I do wonder if you should move to a less tick-infested place though...

                      •  the whole state is tick-infested (1+ / 0-)
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                        and it's going across the country. A lady was here Sunday who is recovering from her third infection. Yeah, she's a gardener also. It's all because our deer population has exploded. I have thought about moving to a more urban area but I can be downtown already in twelve minutes when there is no traffic.

                        I don't know if I was on DK when I was considering a condo on the fourteenth floor overlooking the Connecticut River. Just the balcony was more square footage than my present house as it went across the top of the bottom floor condos. I could kick myself sometimes from not getting it as the price was very reasonable and across the river from Hartford. The city lights at night from the balcony were spectacular, especially reflecting in the water. I got a bit scared though because the building apparently shifted slightly many years before but it had gone through extensive renovations to shore it up.

                        My neighborhood is beginning to change a bit around the edges and I don't like the new school going in up the road. I have no idea what that is going to be like until they start up. I hardly ever see a metal roof up here. They are much more prevalent down south and my brother has one on his house.

    •  I would sit there for hours (3+ / 0-)
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      and never get any work done, inside or out!

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