Final Cover: Design - none; Colour: Light Grey
There were three of them to begin with. Like triplets really. For except for the fact that they were grounded in different places, they looked exactly alike. They served the same purpose too.
And then there were two. The one outside leading up to the front veranda succumbed to the vagaries of nature. The incessant rain had caused it to rot, slowly but surely. Like cancerous cells the rot spread and it finally collapsed under the weight of its own ruins.
Which is a pity. And quite untimely really, considering the durian season is around the corner. The steps were the most frequently used among the three by friends and family alike - the main stairway to the veranda, the favourite part of the house.
The veranda is where conversations and story-telling take place. Also where the sweetest of durians are savored. Or if off-season where the freshest of lobsters, or a succulent leg of lamb is shared, while enjoying the latest gossips, amidst children's giggles and laughter.
|What is left of it - now campfire material|
Overused and exposed, this stairway was the first to go.
They could have all been concrete cement slabs, for all people care. They would last forever. But that's the price of being ecstatic over aesthetics. Preferring good looks over functionality.
In mitigation good timber used to last forever (well, a generation at least). The Chengal or Merbau species would do just that. It's just that they are hard to come by, even if you have the money to pay for them.
Timber nowadays are simply felled too young, and there's just insufficient sustainable reforestation going on to replenish near extinct species.
The way it used to be.
As for the other two - one is in the bathroom leading up to the guest room, and the other in the ground floor kitchen area leading up to the main hall.
Being indoor they should both last for a while.
The task now is to build a new one to replace rottie (no, not my dog but my euphemism for rotting timber).
This time I'm closing one eye and will forgo some pride - forget about aesthetics, and go with the everlasting concrete.
Here's a glimpse of my Work-In-Progress:
It may look like The Great Wall of China now but by the time I'm done it'll have a nice glossy light grey cement finish. Ready to receive family and friends again.
It'll be in time for the Durian Party. And you are cordially invited.