Posts Tagged ‘tarpaulin’

Tarpaulin sandwich

October 17, 2016 Leave a comment
Tarpaulin edges looking like gaudy petticoats

Tarpaulin edges looking like gaudy petticoats

The tarpaulins which cover the pool get a pounding over the course of the winter.

Their worst enemy is the wind, followed by the sun.

For the first time ever, we’ve actually put 3 tarpaulins on:

The bottom one, dark green, is one year old and reasonably sound but too lightweight to work on its own.

The middle one, red, is brand new this year and not quite big enough in one dimension.

The top one is at least 3 years old with several holes in it.

Let’s hope they all work together well!


Silver race track

May 13, 2016 Leave a comment
A windfall toy

A windfall toy

The photo shows a tarpaulin previously covering the pool and now stretched out to dry. (The pool isn’t uncovered yet, though; there was another tarpaulin underneath.)

Anyone would think I put it there for the dogs’ benefit.

Taylor sees it as a venue for stick-chewing.

Galileo enjoys digging holes through gaps in the folds.

Florence has adopted it as her personal race track and is sprinting up and down its shining silver length.



January 11, 2016 Leave a comment
Galileo enjoying the wind

Galileo enjoying the wind

This is the second day of high wind.

Leaves have been spiralling joyfully in the vortex created by the sheltered corner where the front door is.

Going upstairs in the tower is a wild experience as the buffets boom against the exposed walls.

I’ve had to right and refill a number of the tubs of gravel, stones and rubble which weigh down the pool tarpaulin. Even the heavy concrete lintels which we also use can actually be seen shifting a little.

The tarpaulin itself is an ocean of billowing waves. The spray it sends out, hurling cumulated rainwater into the air, completes the impression of being at sea.

I would love strong winds if I weren’t always conscious of the potential for damage.

Lucky old Galileo has no such worries. You can see from his expression that he enjoys the wind whipping his fur and tossing his ears like a whirly windmill.

Water channel

April 4, 2013 Leave a comment
Long waterfall taking the escape water away

The waterfall taking the escape water away

With all the recent rain, the spring is still flowing abundantly.

Today Chokri and I overhauled my Japanese water cascade so that the bulk of the water escaping from the blue pig runs right away.

First we took out one section of the pipe that goes into the blue pig, and sent the water directly from the broad pipe into the top, wrapping a piece of tarpaulin round it to prevent debris going in.

Joules and Galileo drinking - updated

Two redheads drinking

Then we built a snake of roof tiles, weaving in and out of the violets, down to the foot of the bank.

At the end of the channel we put a tray for the dogs to drink out of.

It wasn’t long before we had our first customers.

Viburnum tinus

February 5, 2013 Leave a comment
Blue pig with its tarpaulin back on

Blue pig covered again, behind viburnum tinus

I’m not a great one for what’s called ‘winter interest’ in shrubs.

I prefer plants to go nuts in summer and supply a visual feast that lasts all  year in the memory.

This evergreen bush was sited in order to eventually, partially, conceal the blue pig water tank which isn’t exactly an aesthetic feature.

It rather gets in the way for putting the winter tarpaulin on.

But when I re-fixed the tarpaulin after the high winds, I noticed how lovely it is.

Viburnum tinus

Viburnum tinus