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Sunday, January 15, 2012

My Secret Garden-Setting the Posts

Hello Everyone, 
I hope you are having a good weekend.  Remember last week when I showed you the plan for the Pergola.  Today I'm going to show you how Sweetheart is preparing the holes for the four posts that will hold the top of the Pergola. 

Fancy surveying instrument (Transit) for measuring horizontal angles

All the boxes are in place for the footings to be poured.

My Sweetheart uses the Transit to check the  four boxes for accurate level height.

Next we go behind the scenes and discover the very back yard of My Cozy Corner.
Lurking there is a cement mixer and a 1950 Plymouth.  We just sold the Plymouth on the 1st of January to a very nice man...

The cement is mixed for the holes  Yip-Skip

October 31, 2011 the holes were poured

Go Daddy Go!!!

Adding more water to the batch

The bags of cement


Leveling the top of the footing and waiting until the cement sets awhile

Good Job!!!

'The Trick'
Put a drop of oil on top of the string right where the string crosses~The oil drops down and marks the exact place to put the bolt in the 


The bolts and nuts are in the drying cement. Will come back in a few days to put the brackets on for the posts.

November 1, 2011
Removed the wooden forms and placed the post brackets on the dry cement.

I'm so excited for next week when the posts are up and the pergola is finished.
Thanks for joining me on my adventure and hopefully this will inspire you to build something fun in your yard.

I'm visiting some wonderful parties this week to show off my cottage.
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday
Delightfulsome Life for Home and Garden Party Thursday 

Thanks again for visiting
x o


  1. How exciting! I know its going to be beautiful!
    Looking forward to see it all unfold!
    Sherry's Bees Nest

  2. What a huge undertaking. I look forward to the unveiling. Have a great week!

  3. Wishing you and your sweetheard extra energy for this wonderful project! Don't forget to spoil your
    sweetheart ;o) He certainly deserves it.

  4. Great captures of work in progress. How wonderful for you.

  5. Excited to follow the progress. Blessings Debbie

  6. This is very exciting! Can't wait to see the result!

  7. Oh my I can't wait to see the result of your secret garden. Happy Thursday!

    Outdoor Wednesday

  8. Oh boy it will be finished before you know it!! Did you put your hand print or date in the concrete?

    1. Hi Mary Ellen,
      I totally forgot to put a hand print or the date in the concrete. I might suggest to sweetheart that a plaque for one of the posts with the date would look nice and be fun for the family to see also. Thanks for the great idea...

  9. Yeah! Love it when our Honeys use their talents to create wonderful things for us! That oil trick is super! I look forward to your updates! I know this is going to be a beautiful place for you to decorate and to spend time in! Thank you for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday!
    God Bless,


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