On Monday we went to Sevilla and ordered the wood to build our new pergola which will go over the jacuzzi/hot tub in our garden. Some of you might remember that back on the 28th February 2013, which is a holiday here as it is el Dia de Andalucia, we had a heavy snow fall which brought down our existing pergola. I say 'brought down', but the 'unusual for here' weight of the snow on top, actually broke it completely in half!! We weren't here at the time as Brian and I had gone to the coast for a couple of weeks, but Brendan awoke to see the damage and sent us these photos...
can see below that the metal cross beam at the far end is completely
broken in the middle, and the one this end is just being supported by an
'acro' that Brendan put in place temporarily!!
was one of the 'upright' corner posts, which as well as being bolted
into the ground, was also attached to the wall of the house with metal
for two years we've been looking for 'just the right' pergola to
replace it, as without shade we can only use the jacuzzi at night when
the sun can't shine on it and damage the fibreglass. Because wood isn't
used so much here, we've been quoted some very high prices for a simple
wooden structure so we finally decided to order the wood and make our
own. It will be a standard pergola with 6 crossbeams. The wood was
delivered on Thursday, our hallway has been piled up with wood like an
adventure playground for the last few days!! The bag contains all the
we decided to make a start on it today. Brian has drawn up all the
plans, he can't do the lifting but is the 'brains' behind the building,
Brendan and I are the 'brawn' apparently!!!! Not so sure, having lost
more than 50 pounds in weight in the last year, that I really want to be
known as the 'brawn' but it could be worse I guess :)
face below, shows how not 'overly impressed' he was when I said that I
wanted the corner posts shortened by approx half a metre....
Brian directs the procedings!!! Note those horrible matching woolly hats!
As the morning warmed up, Brendan starts to shed the layers!!
The metal 'shoes' go onto the corner posts...this is Brian's 'work room' with the open door...
Ah, here comes the Building Inspector....or Yoda as she's otherwise known :) ...
It's not often you see Brendan without his woolly hat in winter, but it was turning into a nice warm morning...
Drilling through the tiles into the ground...
the meantime I got bored standing around waiting for my 'services' to
be needed so I decided to do a bit of weeding and tidying up of the
garden. I filled three large sacks of weeds and leaves....just shows
you how 'needed' I was!!!
I thought I'd share some photos I took of the plants. Most have done well over the winter, some have done VERY well!!
rockery plants are doing very nicely indeed, lovely and green. Once
I'd removed a lot of the weeds, you could see them properly!! The yucca
in the pot in front is usually standing behind the jacuzzi but we had
to move it out of the way for the 'workers'.....we've had this some
years now and got it as a tiny little 'stump' thingy!!!! It has sooo
much new growth down at the bottom, but it does need repotting as it's
got very top heavy and easily falls over.
of lemons on the tree, even though I use at least one a day, thankfully
they don't diminish very quickly! They really are probably the nicest
lemons I've ever tasted....and definitely the freshest! ;) Am I
This plant has done incredibly well during the winter, we bought it last spring and it's grown nicely in the pot...
is our Hibiscus, again bought last year. They can be very
temperamental, but this one has done well in the cold as it's protected
in this corner...
These two troughs of cactii and succulents are spreading nicely and filling in the spaces...
don't know what this plant is called but it looks lovely in this old
pot...the bottom of the pot is planted in the soil and has been since
before we moved in back in April 2004, there is another photo of it
mandarin looks good and healthy now that we've taken it from it's pot
and planted it in the soil...the stones around the base are to prevent
the dogs from digging, which they like to do!
Another 'oldie', our cheese plant, normally a 'houseplant' in the UK, has been outside since we received it as a gift in 2006!
This palm will take over the garden if we let it, it was thoroughly cut back last year and needs to be done again very soon...
mystery orange/lemon tree is producing lots of lovely fruit
again.....even after almost 11 years living here, it's still such a novelty for me to have
citrus fruit growing in our own garden!
Here you can see both the oranges and the lemons growing side by side in the same tree...
love this succulent in it's pot on top of our garden 'plinthe', it
always looks so pretty and healthy with it's green with red tipped
the old plant pot buried in the ground that I mentioned earlier....we
daren't try moving it as we're sure it'd just fall apart!!
members of the family got very 'exhausted' watching the rest of us
work!!!! Suki, enjoying a bit of a sunbathe in her 'mummy made' furry
Whilst Chocco investigates (and eats) anything he can find!
Yoda just looks at the 'whipper snappers' with contempt!
The other Yucca, also needing repotting...it has grown enormously!!
A few years back this large bowl was planted up with some small cactii.....now you can't see hardly an inch between them!
There's that old yucca again....oh and my lovely Lucy!
got very excited when, having removed the weeds surrounding it, I found
this plant in flower.....I thought my 'money tree' had begun to flower
;) only to realise that no, the money tree is next to it and as yet, no
This spiky cousin of the Aloe Vera has several flower stalks waiting to come up....won't be long now!
is it that grasses and weeds choose the sharpest plants to grow
around....this spiky cactus is surrounded by 'stuff' that needs pulling
And finally a few photos of the doggies......Yoda
Choco in his usual 'upside down' pose!!!
And especially for Auntie Ronny, here is Kara, our tiniest little Chihuahua...
for progress on the pergola, well the four corner posts are up and
bolted to the ground, and two of the 6 rafters (one each end) are
screwed in place....and this afternoon we had hailstones....so as the
saying goes, tomorrow is another day!
I hope you've enjoyed sharing my Sunday and wish you all a lovely week ahead. :)