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26 July 2010 @ 08:08 am
it’s going to be busy this week!  

It’s going to be busy this week. There’s the Democrats Abroad meeting tomorrow evening and Baby Cinema on Wednesday and perhaps I’ll get to the toddler group on Friday, and there’s the housewarming party Sunday next. (Remember that? 1-6pm August 1st! Email for the address, if you’re in, y’know, the right country or a conveniently neighboring one! :)) And that’s not including going into town to get paint and cat food and visiting my parents in their new house and no doubt a zillion other things. Jeez. I’m tired just thinking about it.

It hasn’t rained! So my plans for the day are as follows:
- sweep the garden* as thoroughly as possible not done yet, but a start is made
- scrape up cruft not done yet, but a start is made
- wash the back wall
- go buy zilli food
- laundry. fuckloads and fuckloads of laundry FINALLY CAUGHT UP

Remainder of the week:
- paint garden wall if weather permits
- perhaps hang a second clothes line
- finish unpacking my office
- finish unpacking the library
- get art up in library & office
- finish ch 3 of RAVEN CALLS
- write synopses for RAVEN CALLS & the last 2 Walker Papers

*Technically the ‘garden’ probably is a patio, as someone suggested. I just couldn’t think of the word, and perhaps have a vague connotation of ‘patio’ also having grass beyond it, which ours doesn’t. It’s just a walled-in concrete-floored space beside/behind the house.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
The Green Knight: Hutgreen_knight on July 26th, 2010 07:36 am (UTC)
A patio is a paved area - usually connected to the house - where you sit, but having a patio implies having a garden.

What you have is - from the sound of it - a yard: all paved, surrounded by walls and/or high fences, and quite probably run down and used mostly to store the bins and hang the washing.
kitmizkit on July 26th, 2010 08:01 am (UTC)
Except that's not what *I* think of as a yard, so I can't call it that. :)
The Green Knight: Disbeliefgreen_knight on July 26th, 2010 08:19 am (UTC)
Hang a hoop and call it a basketball court?
kitmizkit on July 26th, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)
Far too small for a basketball court! :)
The Green Knight: Rubber Duckgreen_knight on July 26th, 2010 08:51 am (UTC)
They do miniature basketballs, too!
desperancedesperance on July 26th, 2010 07:46 am (UTC)
Just because you strange Americans call your gardens yards, that doesn't mean you can come over this side of the pond and start calling our yards gardens.
kitmizkit on July 26th, 2010 08:00 am (UTC)
See, the problem here is I have no word for what we have. To me it's not a yard, to you it's not a garden, and we all agree it's not a patio. But "empty outdoors space beside the house" is too awkward, and I'm not likely to jackhammer the concrete up so it can be an actual garden...
irishkateirishkate on July 26th, 2010 08:48 am (UTC)
What you have is a yard - what is it you think of as a yard?
kitmizkit on July 26th, 2010 08:51 am (UTC)
Americans call what you call a garden a yard. We call a garden a place where you specifically grow flowers or vegetables. Thus, I do not have a yard by my standards, and I don't have a garden by anybody's. :)
irishkate: Houseirishkate on July 26th, 2010 09:22 am (UTC)
No indeed you don't

How about "Courtyard" or be posh and obtuse and call it the "curtilage"?

Terrace is like Patio, which tends to assume there is more elsewhere. Enclosure sounds funny. Lot has different connotations to Americans again.
The Green Knight: Wildflowersgreen_knight on July 26th, 2010 08:49 am (UTC)
You could try raised beds.

In fact, I have a rock rose that grows above a slap of concrete. Being lazy, I did not sweep up the debris it shed. I now have 5ft high grass growing merrily on bare concrete, which is much nicer to look at. I'm not going to try and make anything else grow in that spot, but it shows that the right substrate can give nature a foothold whatever the conditions.
desperancedesperance on July 26th, 2010 09:00 am (UTC)
I do see the difficulty. And would reach for my (US) thesaurus to offer alternatives, but that I can't find the damn thing.

You might think of doing what I've done. Like you, I have a concrete outdoors space behind my house: which to me was a yard. I bought a sickly little bay tree in a pot, and then it was a yard with a pot in it. A lonely pot. So I bought more herbs in pots, and soon enough I could legitimately call it a herb garden, in that way that we define a thing by its use rather than its actual structure...
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on July 26th, 2010 08:25 am (UTC)
In Hawaii, its a lanai...
kitmizkit on July 26th, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)
oh thank heavens, somebody's got a name for it!
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on July 26th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
its really an all purpose sort of word, its a deck, a courtyard, a patio, a balcony.... outside living space about covers it. Flowers are involved at some point.
wednesday childewedschilde on July 27th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
nah that's a lanai. ::::nods::: or... da kine outsid' place :::grins::