Perking up the pergola

Our lovely little Capo di Monte community recently invested in some improvements to our pergola area with a new roof and planting around the eastern end of the pond.  To celebrate, we gathered together last night for a barbecue organised by Chairman Ron and wife Pearl.  Geoff and David were on cooking duty while the rest of us brought along plates of nibbles and drinks to share.   It was all great fun despite a strong wind blowing from the west, following a very precious 30 mms of rain the night before.

Here is the story in pictures:

Rick and Ted – Two good old boys who are always happy to quietly volunteer around the place and help to make Capo the good place it is to live. And that’s the Lake house in the background, or part thereof.

Renee, visitor from Nairobi Hamish Wilson, and Sue

Everyone wanted to be photographed with our gardener Sebastian – well the women, anyway! Probably because he is young enough to be our grandson. Here Pearl gets a firm clutch on him.

Now it’s my turn to be photographed with Sebastian, who worked very hard to give the pond a good clean out and plant all around it – in another year it will be a truly tropical paradise. Our house in the background.

Pearl and I, very happy that the impromptu party is such a success. Pizza oven in background. Pearl wearing her barbecue apron. She’s a real worker, that Pearlie Girlie!

Chairman Ron thanks everyone who worked on the project – except himself!

Caponians (and a couple of visitors) listening with unusual interest (given the shortness of our average attention span!) to the words of Chairman Ron

Renee, Hal, Jan, Fran and Terry

Wolfgang looks unusually exalted while Dale sits quietly contemplating (perhaps) his operation in a month’s time! Bob (wearing cap) in background, with Robin: coincidentally both these next-door-neighbours suddenly elected to grow beards! If it was a competition Robin would win because his beard is exuberantly patriarchal while Bob’s is more serious and restrained.



I took this shot just before everyone arrived – to show off the new planter box made by Warren (as were the handsome timber pieces along the rail where we can lean or  stand our drinks) and planted with gardenias and alyssum by Renee.

About Tamborine Dreamer

I am a horticulturist, writer and photographer who lives on Tamborine Mountain, one of the world's beautiful places to live with plenty of sunshine, good rainfall, moderate temperatures, lush rainforest, splendid views of both the ocean to the east and the mountains to the west. I love writing about the place in which I live, in all its moods and seasons. Besides gardening I love good literature and poetry, bushwalking, birdwatching, history, Japanese language and culture, and music of several kinds.
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