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But, back to today's posting.
First, won't you take a trip down memory lane with me...
This was the state of our journey in May 2011 - half a house (combined lounge / dining / kitchen and bedroom all rolled into one with the temporary bathroom structure visible on the very left hand side). There was no protection on the patio from the hot summer sun beating down. But, RMan had an idea which was catered for when the patio was constructed - viz. the vertical wooden support poles....
|December 2012 - slowly becoming more homelike and less of a|
Summer of 2012 the rest of the house was built, and we still had to paint the outside. The shadecloth was still "flapping" and didn't extend yet to the small wooden patio in front of our bedroom door.
|The view from the cooler shaded patio out to the baking fields beyond|
Fast forward to winter this year. We now have an extra support poles between the main posts and have secured the shadecloth between the wooden horizontal poles and a stainless steel cable - therefore there is no more flapping. The supporting structure now follows through past our bedroom door, but still provides no sun protection for our wooden bedroom patio doors, nor the deck. The door and deck wood is suffering - big time!
As we tend to have plenty of barbecues in summer, and we use an LP gas braai, the wind sneaks around corners of the patio and sometimes makes it difficult to keep the flame lit - especially when it comes to our cooking Christmas turkey. The solar oven doesn't make the turkey crisp enough, and it's too hot to use the Rosie, so the only way we can cook the turkey is on the braai.
So, as you can see in the above pic, RMan fashioned a wind break out of wattle droppers. It took RMan ages, and weighed a ton (the wood is still green).
But it was ugly.
Ugly, Ugly, Ugly!!
I was not a happy puppy - and when the wife is not happy, the husband is notified - frequently and unceasingly...
Until last weekend... :D
After explaining - in detail - the solution that I proposed, I finally got RMan to remove the wattle wind screen - yippee! (he's going to repurpose it near the alpaca stables.In it's place we now have the same fabric as the upper shadecloth roof (for continuity lol) - but we have it installed sideways like a curtain.
|When not in use, the "curtain" is secured out of|
the way. It slides easily on Coolaroo butterfly
clips fixed to stainless steel cable "runners" which
are repurposed from a client's "no long required"
|That looks much better :D|
Aesthecially, it is much better. Much, much better - and the wife is a happy little puppy again :D