Friday, June 11, 2021

Louis Dean Made a Creative Arbor for our Trumpet Vines........

 We have had a set of vintage bed springs living in the back here with Sanford and Son......

and since they have moved out we decided to use these in one way or another.

I have long wanted to hang these up on the inside of my front porch roof......but Louis Dean didn't like the idea of more debris up there.

So then I thought about taking them to the ranch and fixing them to the unfinished ceiling and stringing lights up on them - as I had intended to do with the front porch. Louis Dean was dragging his feet on that idea, as well.

Then I got an idea we BOTH liked!!!
An arbor for the trumpet vines!

He fixed boards to the sides.

They were harder to maneuver than we anticipated......

But he got them in place.

The vines were billowing over the fence so it was an easy task to slip the spings under them.

And then the second set of springs will form the side of the arbor - with the fence on the other side.

It looks pretty already!

I can see how pretty it will look hanging down at the corners.

He will paint the hanger things - he calls it 'plumber's tape' which is NOT the name of it at all - a brown to match the boards.

That T-post is holding the springs up so they don't sag.
LD has a plan for that.
He has some metal fence poles he painted and will slide in and attach them to the fence to hold the arbor up.

Louis Dean is ALWAYS working on projects!
The arbor thing was yesterday.....

Today it was the drain in the back yard.
It's now a done deal all covered up with dirt.
We shouldn't be getting any water in the house now!!

During my frequent rests between painting Louis Dean's bathroom, sewing up bowl cozies, reading, planting my jalapeno pepper garden ( 8 plants worth!) - 

I watched this movie from 1987.
Collin Firth was just 27 years old in this film and Jim Carter - who plays Mr. Carson in Downton Abbey - was 39! He's just one month older than I!

We have accomplished a lot here in town but we are SO ready to get back down to the country!!
I'm not finished with the bathroom but I am at a good stopping place, so now it's just a matter of cleaning everything up and getting ready to leave the house and garden for a few weeks!

We plan to stay down at the ranch for a good many days!!!


Unknown said...

Your dear Louis Dean can do just about anything! The arbor looks very nice. Beth J.

photowannabe said...

Your precious LD is one amazing Mr. Fix It man...the arbor looks great and will work perfectly for the vines.
You two definitely need to scoot down to the ranch for several weeks.
Enough work done..time to rest.

Deb said...

Hi Linda. That is a very creative use of the bed springs. I hope you enjoy your time in the country. Have a good weekend.

Ginny Hartzler said...

A bedspring arbor, what a great idea!! I hope you will be showing us lots of trumpet vine blooms soon! I loved Downton Abbey.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh you'll enjoy your time in the country. It's hot for us at this time of year but I still love the summer months best. Enjoy! (would love to see that movie!)

Debbie said...

I love the idea for those bed springs, Linda! I can just imagine them filled with the trumpet vines. Your sweetie is so handy! Have fun spending time in the country! I know how much you love it there. xxoo

Changes in the wind said...

The arbor looks amazing! What a great idea and LD can do anything. Safe travels to the ranch.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I love your idea for an arbor. Very unique and special. It' a great way to make something old into something new.And it will provide a little shade on the deck too.Glad you can get out to the ranch again, It's been while since you've been there.

Mrs.T said...

There were trumpet vines at my parents' house. What a creative arbor you have made for yours. The perfect use for those bed springs!

Suemn said...

That's a pretty neat looking arbor!

LC said...

What an energetic and creative pair y'all are! Way to go!

Wanda said...

I love how you and Louis Dean "re-purpose" so many things, and turn something old and used into something new and beautiful.

That's what God does with our lives.


Deanna Rabe said...

That’s a great project! It’s perfect for your pretty vine!

You both do so much!

Have fun in the country!

MadSnapper said...

Now this is recycling on steroids! Would never have thought of it but it looks nice. And will look nicer when it grows over it plus it gives you shade on the ground to put other plants that can't live in the Sun. Yay for a trip to the country. You too have an excess of energy. Bob would be doing projects if he would give in and get new knees

Rain said...

Oh how creative! I love what you did with the arbour, it looks fantastic!

Hootin Anni said...

Love the town/country quote!! The arbor idea was brilliant!!!

Carole said...

Great innovation! Cheers