With the remodel going on, I haven’t been able to spend much time in the garden. But today’s beautiful weather pulled me out there. And it gave me a chance to take some photos of our revamped fire pit.
We bought it shortly after moving in. We were both taken with the idea that we could roast marshmallows in our backyard. An activity we thought we’d left behind when we moved from our rural hometowns.
I’ll admit, we were a tad nervous the first time we lit a fire. It seemed wrong to have an outdoor fire in the middle of a city. And it didn’t help that we heard sirens as soon as the fire got going. But luckily, they passed on by. And we got to spend a couple cozy hours sitting next to the fire.
After that, the fire pit got a lot of use. Right up until the winter rains arrived. And that’s when I pulled out the cover. It was ugly. Like a big black vinyl shower cap. And it was in the center of our garden.
So I began searching for something better. Something that could keep the water out on rainy days and function as a table on warm days. Something with a wide diameter, but light enough for me to lift.
After a lot of searching, I found this large brass tray on eBay. It had some wear and tear, which was perfect. I wouldn’t feel guilty about leaving it outdoors.
And since we had a much wetter spring than usual, I’ve been able to test it out again and again. So far, so good.
Amy John Headley is a landscape designer based in San Francisco.