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Pizza in Neon via Instagram

November 19th, 2017 No comments

Pizza in Neon via Instagram

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Historic Coach, Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand via Instagram

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14 Garden Arbor | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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14 Garden Arbor

From Douglas…

We have been meaning to get a trellis for the Lady Bank’s Rose in the front garden for a long time, but it wasn’t growing very fast and we concentrated on other, more important tasks. That all changed this Winter and Spring, though. With the large amount of rain we had — along with the removal of a short fence that was blocking the sun — the rose added a lot of vigorous growth and bloomed quite nicely, even for a relatively small plant. You can see from the photos that it was big enough to cover most of the side of the trellis after we trimmed and tied the main stake to the newly built arbor. 

We need to do a bit more staking to prevent any blow down during our windy days and you can see an ugly remaining fence post that we need to cut off as best we can. it is set in cement and littered with nails so I need to find a clear path through so I can use the hand saw to cut it down as low as possible.

Looking out the window after cleaning up from out work, Rosanne said “It looks like it has always been there” and indeed it does. it blends in well, while also adding a nice decorative touch.

If you are looking for an arbor for your garden, this “Athens” model is all vinyl and no maintenance, something I had to have when I went looking.

Assembly was easy and required nothing more than a power screwdriver to drive the self-tapping screws. I look forward to it being here for many years to come.


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My Los Angeles 12 – Magnolia Park via Instagram

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Reindeer in Neon via Instagram

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13 Electric Kettles | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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13 Electric Kettles

From Douglas…

My wife gave up coffee several years ago. She started using an old stovetop kettle we had and then we had a coffee maker with a hot water dispenser, but after visiting the UK last August, I was reminded again how useful and convenient an electric tea kettle is for morning beverages and several other reasons. Once we returned, I was finally able to convince her to pick one up at the local discount store and I am glad we did. Along with heating water for tea, the kettle is great for jump starting pasta water and other cooking and also for cleaning around the house. I especially love that it has an automatic shut-off, which guarantees we never boil a kettle dry again. 

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Steam Locomotive Detail , Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand via Instagram

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Steam Locomotive, Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand via Instagram

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My Los Angeles 11 – Sycamore Trees at Cal Poly Pomona via Instagram

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My Los Angeles 10 – Cal Poly Pomona via Instagram

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