"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~ Henry Van Dyke

Sunday, August 23, 2009

A weekend's hard work.....

...is well rewarded when a new project is well needed. And this one definitely was!

Our old gates, which were built by the previous owner of the cottage, were falling apart. The gate on the wooded side of the garden was so rotted through that you could not even open it any longer.

We priced gates. They were expensive and not even ones that we liked. We could have really nice oak or chestnut gates made but that really cost and arm and a leg. I think we still needed our arms and legs so we talked about making them ourselves. My husband is not into this kind of work so he was convincing himself he could not do it while I was convincing him otherwise. *grins*

He took Friday off work and we left for Cranberry Cottage early. After unpacking our things, we took a drive to a local sawmill and looked for wood. We showed the man there what our idea was. I had made a rough drawing of the gate as I wanted it to look. He helped us pick out the wood and sawed the lengths for us.

He even sold the bolts we needed so we were set to come home and start putting them together. I think Jos did a fabulous job.

We have to still put in some new posts here at the front gate but I am thrilled with our new look! He even put my "I'm In The Garden" on the new gate.

And the back gate is also in place and much more sturdy than the old ones. They fit in with the idea of this little house on the edge of the woods.


Kaaren said...

Well Heidi, I think that you both deserve a pat on the back for a job well done! The gates look very 'country' and I think that once they age and the 'new' look weathers a bit, they'll look like they've always been there.

What a team!

Sonja said...

Jos really did a great job in making these two fences!! Mike says he agrees Jos! And Heidi you did a great job in designing this country-fence!

Nancy said...

GREAT JOB, you just have to have the ideas, and Jos goes with them. They are both very nice gates and suit your cottage area well.
Love you both, Mom

Brigitta said...

This looks absolutely beautiful Heidi, Jos did a great job.
Enjoy your week!

Elizabethd said...

I think the gates look perfect for your house by the woods, so much more attractive than the originals.

Tracy said...

The gate is terrific, Heidi! Jos is a great handy man. :o) Will you paint the gate then? We had a weekend in the garden ourselves...and actually our gate could use a fresh lick of paint--next spring. Happy Days ((HUGS))

Saskia said...

That's a nice country look fence.
Love it, Great job!

Cindy at her Country Home said...

Lieve Heidi, wat een gaaf hekje heeft je man gemaakt! Helemaal leuk en doet Beatrix Potter achtig aan.
En dat mooie gietijzer, prachtige vondsten weer.
Ook ik heb je gemist had een te lange blogpauze gehouden hahahah..., veel liefs en een hartengroet van Cin x

Andylynne said...

What a beautifl set of gates. I love the wood it's beautiful. A cottage at the edge of the woods indeed. they look like they have been there for ages. Well cared for sturdy and beautiful. I bet Cranberry Cottage is "blushing" with pleasure.

Ragged Roses said...

Wow he did a wonderful job! So lovely and it really does fit in with your surroundings! Most importantly though, thank heavens you didn't lose any arms or legs! Take care

The Dutchess said...

Hallo Heidi...dat ziet er goed uit...en dat bordje is helemaal geweldig..Fijne 'tuin' dag.

Anonymous said...

Hi Heidie
i have the iedea that my blogbreaks are getting longer and longer ... time flies.
So i had to read a lot overhere :)
Hope you are all well, and Jos has so much unexpected talents doesn't he ?
By the way; we need a new gate at the entrance of the orchard :)) And your style is perfect !!!
Lot of greeting, hugs Janneke.

Linda said...

Heidi, you had a nice idea and the gates look great....Jos did a nice job and your sign is just perfect too...hugs, Linda

shirley said...

Heidi, Love the beautiful gates your dear husband Jos has made for you. I bet every time they are opened and someone passes through they know something wonderful is about to greet them. Life is good.

Anonymous said...

Jos did really good! That reminds me of Appeldorn. (I probably spelled that wrong.) Remember the gate we built there? Where are the sheep?

Mary said...

Fabulous gates - perfect for your cottage. Thinking that your Jos is definitely a keeper - could he come give Bob some lessons, he's hopeless when it comes to DIY!

Marsha said...

Your new gates are beautiful. They fit right in. Very creative and nice.