Well, it's finally painted. I just need to stain the floor and find a rug to put down. I am going to look around for a chandelier to hang as well. Last fall I created a flower bed all the way around this, but the plants are all very small and will take a year to really get going. How I acquired this structure is a great story. One day my husband got a call on my birthday from a woman he shoes horses for. I heard him say, oh she would love that! No, don't worry about it, she'll just paint it white anyway. About an hour later, a truck with a large trailer pulled in the drive and a loader behind it. On the trailer was this gazebo. Lita decided it would look good in my garden. She has admired the garden for a long time and always calls me to say how pretty it is looking. She found out it was my birthday and wanted me to have the gazebo as a gift. I cried when they were unloading it. It had been built on her place as a place for her visitors to gather, and was on a slight incline so it leans a little. But to me it's perfect. Since I didn't know I was receiving such a wonderful gift, I had to decide rather quickly where to place it, as her hired men needed to get back to the fields. It was comical watching the loader driver maneuver between trees, shrubs, and beds, to put this in the spot I knew I would want it to live. They probably thought this was going to be easy, 'go drop off a gazebo to the birthday girl'. Ha! Of course they were very good sports about the whole thing. I still can't get over the generosity of this wonderful lady and the joy that this has brought to this garden. Thank you Lita!
~Gardenology in Encinitas~
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