The bench is made from teak and even after ten years in the rain and sun there wasn't a bit of rot, despite my neglecting to oil it. It sanded well and the paint was a dream, going on evenly and drying quickly. In all it look less that a day to transform from tired mossy brown to crisp clean seagrass. I'm as pleased as punch with it.
Now all I need are some warmer spring evenings and the beer can come out, or wine depending on my whim. I love to sit on this bench at the front of our house and watch the world go by, even if the world does mainly consist of cars on our road. After all, there's always the sky and the clouds to look at, all I need do is lift my head.