This post is not for the faint of heart so if your not prepared to see some really catastrophic pictures of a courtyard/garden, I suggest, you turn back NOW ! 🙂
And now for the brave amongst you : For those of you who are not living/have never lived in the middleEast, summers can be a very very very HOT period and this period lasts for nearly 6-7 months in Dubai. Ofcourse “WE” are saved and happiliy sheltered in our air conditioned homes, cars and malls but not so for our gardens/courtyards. Thats the time when most damage takes place on the garden furniture, pots and plants/grass. I mean, c’mon who can withstand + 45*C EVERYDAY for 5-6 Months ????? And hence the courtyard/garden is left to the mercy of Allah swt like everything else in our lives. For the past couple of years, I used to provide shade to my plants using these huge plastic sheets, much to the annoyance of my neigbour, and later, I just gave up
I must confess, the coutyard does tend to become a makeshift area for dumping undecided furniture + laundry area + kid bikes + virtually EVERYTHING !!!
However, this year, with all the visitors expected at Eid and with all the enthusiasm I have bubbling inside me to go the DIY way, I decided to completly “TRY” and transform alittle of the garden so that we could atleast have a nice hot cuppa coffee on Friday mornings in the courtyard or host half a dozen bbqs for our friends.
Here are the shocking pictures of the sun damaged and neglected courtyard from different angels :-
Ofcourse this is just a larger view of the garden. And quite frankly theres more that does NOT meet the eye in these pictures but I am sure with detailed pictures, it will be quite apparent what a HUGE task, I have, athand. I decided to tackle the task, area by area, project by project. In the next few posts, I’m going to share how and what were my DIY projects in the way of upgrading or atleast uplifting the garden. But first, the most important job : getting rid of all those old, worn out, unused, overused and useless pieces of buckets, tanks, bikes, furniture, bbq sets and heaps more.
That alone took us an entire day ! You can imagine WHY ! This was the first van that went to the recycling center.
Thats our gardener giving us a hand at loading the van with all the unwanted stuff. It took an entire day and two truck loads to finally get rid of all the that treasure 🙂
I was too exhausted to take pictures of the second truck !
The transformation, is coming about excellently, piece by piece and area by area. To read more posts, please “follow” or “subscribe” to me and you’ll see how the progress is coming about.
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Momma Hen’s Coop
Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Fridays Unfolded at Stuff and Nonsense
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Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna’s Vintage Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Rae Gun Ramblings
Redoux ~ the DIY Club
ffa Fridays~Sassy Sites
Feature Friday~Spunky Junky
Pity Party~30 Handmade Days
Shanty 2 Chic
Fabulous Friday Finds
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Catch As Catch Can
Friday Furniture Feature
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Home Sweet Home
Designer Garden VIP Party
Simple Home Life
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I’m so glad your visiting me today and found this post interesting enough to read it till here. Have a good day and dont forget to be happy with all that your blessed with.