Stoop to Conquer


I must say that I tend to think
Of all the shades porch floors can be
The ones least suitable are pink,
Or orange, or yet strawberry.

A stoep* enamel in light grey
I purchased after much deep thought,
And got our painter, right away,
To paint the paint that I had bought.

The tin instructions set it out
That second coat must be applied
Not less than sixteen hours, about …
But more than twenty-four, denied.

Today our painter failed to show!
With second coat near overdue.
I’m sure who painted it you know –
Yours truly did it, that is hue!

The white bit was from some preliminary patching.  We agonised over whether to leave the pillars white, at the base, or paint them to match the riser.  I have now blended them in with the riser.

The picture flatters that pink shade, which was yukky. The white bit was from some preliminary patching. We agonised over whether to leave the pillars white at the base, or paint them to match the stoep. I have now blended them in with the riser.

The colour that it used to be
Is shown on access strip we left;
One doorway here, externally …
No entry would leave us bereft!

That strip today I gave first coat,
And made new route on first coat, dried;
Tomorrow we will cross that moat
On drawbridge out of wood applied.

*’Stoep’ is porch or verandah in Sarfefrican, from the Dutch ‘stoop’.
© May 2016 Colonialist (WordPress)
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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies.
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7 Responses to Stoop to Conquer

  1. toutparmoi says:

    Looking good. The grey’s definitely an improvement.

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  2. Great job.The access strip interestingly adds pizzazz to the rest of the work. Leave it for ever?

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  3. Grey is the ideal color – looks cooling on hot days. There’s a lot of “Santa Fe” peach/pink/ salmon/terracotta or something around here, but in August it just looks hot as the air feels.
    Nicely done. Walk that gangplank carefully until you finish.

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  4. Barb says:

    Oh heavens!! This looks like work! I don’t’ see any icy drinks waiting for you in that photo. I applaud your industry!

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    • colonialist says:

      Fortunately the table which normally accommodates munchy and slurpy stuff there was on the table on the lawn, and still doing its duty! That industry was actually forced labour – by the circumstances!

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