As often happens, I came home one day to find that Brian had completed one of the many projects on my wish list. I had drawn up plans of what I envisioned for our yard. In my plans, I had divided the area into four 'rooms'; the lawn, the garden, the skating rink, and Danica's play yard.
The area between the garden and Danica's yard was divided by a fence made from shipping crates and wire. An opening had been left for an arbor that would eventually....or hopefully.....be covered in vines. This is the project Brian worked on while I was out for a few hours.
|Danica, walking along the stepping stone pathway to the trellis|
The pallet fences are underway in the background
I don't think any other pictures were taken the first year it was built, but these ones show how Brian constructed it. The 4x4 posts were already there for the fence, so he attached some pieces of 2x10 to the posts, and these created support for the pallet. The pallet, used for shipping doors, was larger than most, so it fit perfectly into the space.
Danny and I extended the wire from the fence posts up and over the arbour. Where there were gaps, we tied some scraps of baling twine to give the Virginia Creeper something to grab onto.
|Danny helping add wire and twine. Skating rink/pool area in the background.|
|A view from below the arbour|
|The vines are making their way up to the top of the arbour|
|You can see where we added some twine to encourage the vines to grow upward|
|This year the vines have made there way all the way up the arbour.|
|Looking into the garden area|
|Looking toward the pergola and patio. My rooms are starting to form!|
|View from Danica's yard.|
|Hopefully, by next year, the entire fence will be covered in vines.|
|View into the area where the rink was|
Since building the arbour, we've already made some changes to the 'rooms'. This year we decided to take out the skating rink, so there's no longer a fence dividing that area from Danica's yard. We found that we were unable to keep the sand in the rink area from drifting every time there was a wind. We'd end up with huge gullies along the fence where the wind had carved out the sand. Besides, the boys found it easier to go to the local rink than to maintain the one in our yard. So, part of that area will become more lawn, and hopefully, part will be raised planters for veggies.
|Trellis leading to playhouse|