Thursday, June 07, 2012

A Shady Pergola

What happens when you combine a pre-Mother's Day visit from my brother, the Queen Mother's backyard and some incorrigible DIY genes? 

This!

A beautiful pergola (you can call it an arbor if you wish) over the pond, providing a shady place to sit on a sunny day, a sturdy base for the weather station, and vertical support for the vines.

 Warning: Ugly alert!
You can fully appreciate the change when you see the extremely pathetic Before:  a spray-painted , much-repaired PVC frame doing a poor Leaning Tower of Pisa imitation over the pond.
 
I know, it's hard to believe it's the same place.  Quick, let's return to an After photos before our brains explode.
 
I have to say that my brother--the same one who was "allergic" to grass so I'd have to mow instead, left me only fumes enough to coast to the gas station, and never fought fair--grew up to be an amazingly artistic adult.  He planned this whole affair on the back of an envelope, waved a magic wand (along with some power tools) and created this oasis in the Queen Mother's backyard in a matter of days.  He rocks!

DIY is about unique results on a budget, but even more about making great memories together.

Happily,
 
Party Time:

6 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness - this is exactly what I want to shade our backyard pond! Fantastic!!

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    1. I know! If I didn't have so many shady trees, I'd be talking my brother into building one for me too!

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  2. Wow! How beautiful Roxie! He really done a wonderful job and what a beautiful transformation.Do you loan him out? LOL! Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Alas, I think this was a one-time event, Lona. Don't you think he ought to go into business?

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  3. That is simply beautiful! wow...brothers, sometimes they are worth it..;j

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    1. I've come to appreciate him, Joanne. It turns out we're more alike than different. Who knew?

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