What do garden swing covers and shower curtains have in common?
They’re almost exactly the same size. Serendipity!
After a nesting squirrel did this
I knew the swing cover I’d sewn was beyond repair. Eventually I brought in the tattered cover, washed it, and put it in a bag in the car. I planned to use it as a pattern when I got around to making a new one.
The soft cord inside the piping of the cover seemed to be the prize. I cut a strand of leftover cording and draped it on the back of the swing to test my theory. Sure enough, I returned home to find it gone. I took the rest of the cord, cut it into strips, and placed it at the scene of the crime.
There the cord sat. It sat and sat. No more squirrels. Perhaps nesting was complete for the season. Eventually I brought in indoors, figuring I would put it out again next spring. I don’t want to put the time and effort into a new swing cover, only to have it shredded once again.
Sigh. I acted too soon.
A few weeks ago, an anonymous squirrel was at it again. The swing looked bad enough without the cover when this happened.
It was demoralizing staring at the swing in its damaged state, but I couldn’t muster the energy to do much about it.
Well, this past weekend the husband of a friend came to call, all the way from Australia. We planned a coffee and catch up in the garden, and I wanted a quick fix for the unsightly swing.
Backing up a bit, three years ago I bought a brightly colored shower curtain to use as a patio tablecloth. I couldn’t find a cheerful tablecloth at the time nor did I have the time to sew one. Twenty-dollars later a tablecloth was born.
Now it’s getting a second life as an impromptu swing cover. Serendipity!
Although I can’t speak with authority, I expect to see a dray of baby squirrels traversing the wires any day now.