Walking home from work I picked up a set of barbells a neighbour had sent to the curb. As I passed the fellow who lives next door to her I got a nod of approval. I gave him my broadest smile, even as I suspected we had very different visions of the future for those weights.
There is a huge trend these days to create funky lights – hanging lights, table or floor lamps) from all manner of repurposed items. Conversely, parts of dismantled lights or lamps can be repurposed into an infinite number of things.
In my case, light parts get a new lease on life in my junk garden.
Since I was a small child I have loved mailboxes. While many people associate them with bills and junk mail to me they are the portals that bring birthday and Christmas cards and letters from friends and loved ones around the world. Oh, those handwritten letters with handwriting as distinct and personal as a person’s fingerprints. I have an entire board dedicated to them on Pinterest which contains a number of original photographs I contributed.
Here in Canada, Canada Post is phasing out house-to-house delivery of mail and replacing them with group mailboxes at the entrance to developments or the end of streets. I’m not ready to say goodbye to my beloved mailbox, and with every repurposing project involving mailboxes it is becoming clear that my beloved mailboxes can remain part of our abodes.
My friend and neighbour Sharon began her garden just around the time she retired (about 10 years ago) and has since won several civic and gardening awards for her amazing garden. This summer our region has battled level 3 drought conditions, so we can imagine the amount of hand watering Sharon has been required to do.