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Two of the topics I write quite a bit about so far in this blog have been about our renovations and my wine making. These two topics have one thing in common, they require patience.

It takes time to make a fine wine, and renovations will take longer than you think. And they both require not just planning but planning ahead.

Take for example the following scenerio: buying a picture.

For those with a done house, or apartment when you see a picture you like you can say to yourself:

That picture would look just great on the wall in the back room.

Then you buy the picture, and go home and hang it on the wall in the back room.

When you are renovating, this is more the thought that goes through your mind:

Someday soon....

When we get the framing done, insulation installed, vapor barrier applied, plasterboard up, primed and painted, that picture will look great on the wall in the back room.

Of course you still buy the picture. You have to. It may not be available when you are actually ready to hang it. And you put it into storage for a while. Thus, you are planning ahead for how great that picture will look on the wall “someday“.

And so it went, in my case, with a nice garden faucet basin I saw one day. I knew exactly where I was going to put it. Of course, I had to first install the outdoor water line and faucet, then get the entire house walls plastered. No big deal, only some minor inconveniences like that.

But then I was ready to install that garden basin, and this is how I did it:

I used a sheet of Styrofoam to make a mold because I wanted a raised backing for the garden faucet basin. The mold is then filled with plaster.

I used a sheet of Styrofoam to make a mold because I wanted a raised backing for the garden faucet basin. The mold is then filled with plaster.

Cutting lines to remove the mold for the raised backing for the garden faucet basin.

Cutting lines to remove the mold for the raised backing for the garden faucet basin.

After removing the Styrofoam mold.

After removing the Styrofoam mold.

Final result after last outer coat of exterior wall plaster was applied and the garden basin was installed.

Final result after last coat of exterior wall plaster was applied and the garden basin was installed.

From garden basin purchase to final installation: 2 years.

Two years seems long. But remember, some good red wine should age in the bottle even longer before being drunk.

Patience required…

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