Gazebos #1

Following our recent experiences, we have lots of opinions on gazebos & we thought we’d write you some posts to share them!

Things to think about when purchasing a gazebo

  • Wind is the enemy of gazebos!  Look for a design that will stand up well to the wind, both in terms of a good pegging arrangement so it doesn’t blow away and a frame with some flexibility in it, so it isn’t damaged if it bends a bit.
  • It’s a pain to have to keep ducking to get in and out.  And particularly if you are a tall goat you want to be able to stand up straight inside.
  • They are always smaller than you think!  Before we purchased, we marked out the size in our back garden and placed chairs around in a circle to see how many people we could fit in.  Would be sad if you were the goat left out in the rain!!
  • There are different levels of waterproofing available.  If you are after something that’s tough and hardwearing, look into this.
  • Doors/sides. In the UK the rain doesn’t just come down – sometimes it’s horizonal!  The option to be able to add a door or a side can mean that you are able to use the full area of your gazebo in the rain.  It is also useful to shelter from the wind.
  • Gazebos can be quite a challenge to put up – a 3-dimensional jigsaw requiring several people with Mr Tickle length arms to complete!  If you are going camping on your own, or if your fellow campers are child-sized or arriving later, an inflatable one could be a good option.
  • Some gazebos have floor straps which are trip hazards, watch out for this.
  • Ok we admit it, we have become camping snobs.  But if you’ve got to look it all day you don’t want it to be a jarring colour – tan, grey, pale green are all acceptable.  Blue, red, multicolour are not.  Feel free to disagree, but just don’t pitch up next to us & spoil the view!!
  • Light attachments. This isn’t a deal breaker, but it is lovely to be able to attach the fairy lights to the gazebo!!
  • They are expensive, so think about your purchase carefully!

R & L

What was the surprise gift?!

If you read the last post, you’ll know I went on an early morning adventure to collect something exciting, but couldn’t say what for fear of ruining a surprise!  Well here it is:

 

Shepherd’s hooks for hanging lanterns…. made especially for us by James at Black Barn Forge!

We’re very please with his attention to detail – an elegant hook, good depth to the hook to accomodate a lantern, pointed ends to make it easier to put them in the ground, and nice and tall to be a good height for a lantern!

The other bit of the surprise was something to hang on the other hook:

These hand-crocheted candle holders are available for sale at the Fayre and Square shop in Wimbledon.

Will tell you more about our camping trip in our next post.

L

Embrace your inner goat