I live in one of Belfast’s thousands of terrace houses.
Built to house the factory workers of industrial Belfast, they are now the homes of a wide variety of Belfast people. Traditionally they would have been 2 up, 2 down with a concrete yard out the back, now each one is different due to various levels of care and creativity.I rent my terraced house so I limit myself to making the place homely and what I can take with me when I move on. But I’m on a mission to improve the house’s back yard. Limited in space with 2 out houses (which now act as storage for the boiler and other things) and an oil tank, I want to make this a pretty oasis to enjoy any warmish, non-rainy days we may get this spring and summer.
Over the Easter break, my wonderful dad and I did the donkey work of clearing up the ground of years of dirt with a power hose, a shovel and some elbow grease. It is now a blank canvas and ready for my city oasis. Here are a few things that are inspiring me …
My favourite has to be this idea for a pallet planter. Which is a far superior use for a pallet, than what they tend to be used for in the summer months in Belfast