Yes, over the years that we built our nests, husband Pieter had done the lion share himself.
We planned on adding a patio for privacy and for having lunch, coffee/tea outside.
So, on Tuesday, May 14 of 1985, Pieter started his VACATION...
Tiles had been shipped over from The Netherlands.
Pieter had taken the day off on May 6, for bringing the Dutch tiles from Nedimex, Venray home. With the help of the fork lift at the Campbell mushroom farm, using the Toyota truck from AEM.
Both of us have unloaded the 1,600 pounds with our bare hands...
In Europe we are using a lot more tile floors, here it is finally getting more popular the last decennia.
Pieter started with our new patio...
Just for seeing him in action... 27 seconds on silent movie
Dutch: Tegelzetter Pieter maakt terras
English: Tiler Pieter makes terrace
All hand work
Cutting the tiles by hand; using a chisel...
Yep, that is my Red Ford Escort with the Rebel Tag in the front...
Guess I've been a Rebel With a Cause.
Pieter's boss, the Campbell Soup CEO shook his head when Pieter picked him up one day, when he'd landed at our local airport. 'No Pieter, you cannot do that', he said.
But it was MY car, the Buick was at the garage for a tune up...
Not having it done for $ 1.00 per tile; but for sweat!
Sunday lunch on our new patio, with guests/mushroom friends from Switzerland...
Kuhn mushrooms' manager Enzler and Hans Jörg Kuhn with Pieter.
Mauzie our Dachshund is seen bottom right.
On May 27, beginning with the wall...
Yep, Pieter became a carpenter and now working on the roof.
On May 30, with the roof on, it starts looking good! Now the painting...
Voilà, our new patio with privacy and a nice place for lunch, coffee/tea.
On the wall is the antique brass and copper ship's pump, mounted on an oak plank.
Stepping a bit more back, so you can see the Zinnias blooming on the side of the patio.
It sure was a great extension to our previous home.
Do you see that duct in the center of the roof?
One evening, while Pieter was traveling for Campbell Soup to one of their mushroom plants, we had quite a storm.
Turned out that the duct was flapping and making an awful noise.
So I got on a ladder and went up the roof and stamped it shut.
Pieter later on fastened it more secure so it won't flap ever again.