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The Never Ending Shade Structure - Sleep in Your Garden!!!

One thing about DIY life. . . often you have to ammend a project many many times to get it just right. Our shade structure is proving to be one of those projects. Yesterday I added a layer of reed fencing to the top. Originally the design was to have latias up top. But we found out that they pillage the forests of ponderosa pine faster than it can be replaced so we switched to reed. It's cheap stuff but it breathes so well that the wind seems to ignore it. To make this shade work I had to sew 6 pieces of 6' by 15' reed together using metal wire. It was quite a pain working with it above me, my neck hurts from looking up for 6 hrs. But it's done and wow, it's just as I once imagined it years ago.

I also feel an odd feeling of relief to look out at the furniture and not see one store bought item. Everything is dumspter-dove and worked on. I find no reminder of stores, commodification, branding, the ever decreasing quality or that bland monotony found in the goods that stores offer.

Now one can lounge, eat, and sleep in the garden surrounded with life! Tonight a girlfriend is coming over and we'll do a slumber party, yes in the garden. Mikey and I used to sleep on the roof occasionally. Now we're all about the garden. And if you have not yet tried it - run dont walk - go sleep in your garden tonight!!!

10 comments:

Eric said...

Looks great, Wendy. Here in Tennessee the heat + humidity is almost making me homicidal. Is it at least a "dry heat" out your way?

Cycle Jerk said...

I love the texture the shadows make on everything. Very tropical. Nice job.

christopher said...

that is really nice. i don't know why it screams to me hammock and hookah.

Karen said...

Looks beautiful. The slumber party sounds awesome.

Ragnar said...

Awesome! You both did a smashing job there, now take the well deserved chill!

Starsquid said...

Good job, looks beautiful.

I won't sleep in the garden though, since the mosquitos are out with a vengence.

Wendy Jehanara Tremayne said...

i was sleeping out there the other night, no mosquitos but a 4 inch beetle with huge horn like things coming out of it's head (making it more like 6 inch) was walking around my bed. i just moved him over a bit in case those horns were useful in self defense.

Starsquid said...

Beetles are okay, things that bite are just no fun.

I was awakened by ants biting me when I was roughing it in southwestern Turkey. Made for a looong night.

Susan said...

So did I miss it? What happened to the shade cloth you originally used. Was there a reason you didn't like it or that it didn't work out? I like the reeds. I would like to sleep in my garden but a horned beetle would scare the crap out of me. Would you feel safe to sleep in your garden if you didn't have the high walls that you have?

Wendy Jehanara Tremayne said...

Ah yes. . . the shade cloth will go beneath the reed fence. The reed fence extends the full 17' width while the shade only 11', so you'll see both and in the middle the two layers will give a lot of sun protection. The shade cloth layer needs modification, a stronger mechanism than we had - rebar with the ends bent up. The wind unbent the metal! So . . we'll be posting about it again after we make that stronger so that it's not a giant sail and weapon. Oh and the shade cloth closes the west and east sides while the reed is just up top. So they serve different purposes.

That beetle was stunning! I cant be afraid, it was too beautiful.

I think that it's having a dog and a fence that makes me feel very safe out there. Sesame gets very guardlike when we sleep outside.