This is a metal garden table which has been outdoors for the last 3 or 4 years. It survived the winters OK but I think it was the bad summers got it!Rust spots were showing through parts of it and in some areas the paint was peeling showing rust underneath. It did get a wire brushing and a quick coat of metal paint for the wedding but the paint had begun to peel again.
This is the before photo today and the after one is taken as the light is fading a little so the colours are not very bright.The few days of warm sunshine meant the shed got its annual clear out, things were pulled out and left out so the air could circulate around the inside of the shed.These sheets of mosaic tiles were left over from various jobs inside the house and were put into the shed in case they would come in 'handy'. They have been in and out of the shed for a number of years but this year is finally their 'handy' year!
Aldi were doing DIY specials this week and I got a big tub of tile cement and grout for 14.99e so lots of odd jobs lined up, this was one I was not too sure about starting but it was easier than I thought.The table was brushed down with a wire brush and given a coat of UPA glue and the tile pieces were laid starting from the centre out.I am very pleased with the finished effect, of course it will not be left out in the rain now!
I spent the weekend in Robert's Cove enjoying the sun and solitude.The beach was absolutely destroyed with the 'sea lettuce'. This is a vile green algae which comes in on the tide and covers the beach with a bright green slime which smells vile and is dangerous to animals.It breaks down eventually and releases a chemical reaction which turns the sand underneath black as in an oil spill.
It has been getting worse over the last few years but this year has finally prompted people to demand action be taken to clear it up .The County Council were cleaning the beach once a week over the summer and taking the sea lettuce back out to sea!
I did not have my camera with me to take photos of it, in some places it was drifted up to 18 ins high and was at least 15 ft out in the water!Lots of families came down on Sunday afternoon but the beach was inaccessible to them, Robert's Cove is a 30 minute drive from the city and so people head down if the weather is good.
It seems to be only affecting the beaches around the south coast and at last some investigations are ongoing into the cause and effects of it.