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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Sunday, September 2, 2012


Believe it or not I'm relaxing this afternoon. I've took some pictures and dug some up from my old iPhoto library in the old computer as they did not transferred to the new MacBook Pro.

In mid  November 2009, I had to have my big beautiful maple tree cut.  It was a huge tree and it gave shade on my back yard deck. I loved it so much and on hot days I could sit on my swing in the shade to rest on hot days. All my grandkids loved that tree. They played in the little inflatable pool without getting sunburned when they were little.

The tree had rotted and was so big and high that it was dangerous as the electrical wires were touching.
The Electric Power Commission sent a big truck with a big boom to cut the tops of. My husband cut up the rest and made it into fire wood.

The photo is crisp clear on the computer screen but got all fuzzy after I uploaded it here. Nov. 14 2009.
Anyway it's just to give you an idea of how big the tree was. The rot was almost to the center of the base.

I have missed that tree ever since and had no shade on that cement deck. It gets very hot in the afternoon sun. I've been wanting a gazebo for some shade but never bought any.

When I want something I always wait, well almost always wait...  after a while if I still want it,  then I keep my eyes open for the right opportunity and buy it...

I saw some gazebos with canvas covers and always wonder if they would withstand wind and snow or if we needed to remove the cover off them for the winter, so much trouble to remove it and to store it. I couldn't make up my mind. They were all pretty cheaply made at between $400. to $600.but still a lot of money to spend.  I couldn't justify buying it if it would be more trouble than worth...

So one day I went in Canadian Tire to buy a toilet paper holder and saw that they had a huge annual yard sale. I spotted two huge boxes and  saw that they were metal gazebo with steel roof. It said on the box, "Regular $2000.00,  now  $800.00. I like the look of it and got my husband to come to the store with his truck to look at it. He thought that it was a great deal. The top box was in bad shape but the sale clerk assured us that it was packaged in a metal frame and it would all be OK.  Just to be safe I asked if the bottom box was also on special that I would take the one on the bottom. The contents of the two boxes were the gazebo.... My husband said, if something is broken, I can solder it, no problem. I can fix it. I paid for it and he took it home.

When we opened the boxes right on the truck, we found that one of the post was badly damaged.

I took pictures of the damaged post before my husband partially fixed it. He took the bottom plate of and tapped a beam inside the post and tapped on it wit some  mallet and made it round again and the gazebo was all put together. He faxed a copy of the pictures and sales slip and called the business and ordered one new post.

They shipped us two new post free of charge. Great people to do business with.

Finally here is my new gazebo. The old post is on the back and you can hardly notice that it was damaged. So now I'm a happy camper when the sun is hot in the afternoon, I get some shade when I work in the yard and need a little rest... My husband didn't noticed that there was a shelf missing for the front but he can easily make one, or just take the brackets off. There are two flower boxes on the sides.It still needs to be anchored down in the cement.

It's back to work for me now. Enjoy your long weekend and thanks for caring enough to visit and leave comments.
Love you all.  JB


  1. I'm glad some shade has found you
    ...isn't it a wonder how shelter comes
    in all different shapes and sizes
    and happy surprises:)
    enjoy your cool breezes
    and happy September,

  2. I've wanted a gazebo on our deck forever. The canvas ones would be fine but we have a weird size deck and need a smaller one. The canvas does have to be removed for the winter but I'm willing to do it if we can eventually find one. I love yours! It really looks nice and will give you a fun spot to sit and cool off. That tree really gave service didn't it? First it looked beautiful..then it shaded nicely...then it also warmed you up when burned as firewood. The circle of life!

  3. How wonderful Julia, now if you can only find the time to sit and enjoy it!!!! Hugs, Julie.

  4. Wow looks great!! I can see ya sipping lemonade under that fancy thing staying cool!! Very nice!!

  5. Ahhh...looks like a great place to relax. Enjoy your time in your gazebo!

  6. Julia ~
    Hubby sounds so handy. Lucky you!
    Great gazebo. Now find some time to sit under it and hook!
    Hugs :)

  7. That is so nice and it looks great!! Some day mine will be where my chicken house is now, and my chickens will be out in the pasture. So I know all about waiting. That is so bad that the beautiful maple died. It was a fantastic tree.

  8. It looks great. I've wanted one for awhile but, like you, worried if it could withstand our winters.

  9. Julia,
    Hubby did a wonderful job figuring that all out and now you have a gorgeous gazebo! I can just see you and hubby sitting there after a hard day sipping a cocktail! Like Scarlet O'hara and Rhet on the veranda!!
    It's always hard to lose a big tree for the shade and beauty they provide but I think your gazebo was a perfect replacement!
    Cathy G

  10. Love it !! Always wanted one ... beautiful yard to sit and relax ;) and am glad you are!

  11. Julia, I love your gazebo! It's good to have an industrious husband ! Enjoy your time there but I know you don't sit a lot!

  12. I love the gazebo. So glad you have a place to rest in the shade. It looks good and sturdy. I too try to wait to see if it is really what I want. I hate to buy something that will never be used.

  13. Julia,
    What a wonderful place to sit and relax and enjoy the view!

  14. Oh, how wonderful! I love it! What a great find. I agree...if I want something, I wait and watch. If it is meant to be, it happens. I am so glad this happened for you! Enjoy! Hugs!

  15. Wow! That's a gorgeous gazebo! I honestly did not know they made them with steel roofs? I know folks that have the canvas topped ones and they need to remove and store the tops in winter because the snow does cave them in. So, good thing you waited and good thing your hubby is so handy... it looks fabulous!

  16. Oh, yes, it’s the perfect replacement for your maple tree. It’s just the right spot to take a rest too. Have you tried adding some plants to add color to your gazebo? Anyhow, putting some cloth or curtain on the beams would also provide more shade and style in it. =)

    Leah Clay