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Sail of the Century

Posted on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 11:15 am
Category: My Drivel, Plumbing & Other Nonsense

Parasols. Loath them or simply despise them, you can’t ignore them in this climate. In summer, in the South Vendée, you have to have shade.

So why do I dislike parasols? Simple: they fly. No matter how heavy a base they might have, at the first moderate breath of wind they take off (sometimes quite gracefully) and then crash to the ground  with a sickening thud and break.

Aside from being quite expensive in terms of constant replacement, there is an obvious potential for damage or injury, so I’ve long wanted to find an alternative. And here it is: a shade sail made by an Australian company. They know about sun in Australia.

Les Alouettes Terrace

Good, eh?

The two posts are anchored a meter deep in concrete and the wall fixings are held in the stonework by the same epoxy resin that attaches satellite dishes to chimneys. This might be a slight case of over engineering because the sail doesn’t really seem to offer a great deal of resistance to the wind, but I don’t really care.

There’s another one up by the pool. If it all works I’ll be doing quite a bit more of this sort of thing in the coming months.

3 Responses to “Sail of the Century”

  1. dolores doolittle
    June 10th, 2014 18:09

    Absolutely Fab! George and I would love one for our south-facing strip of gravel, Were it not for your casual “The two posts are anchored a meter deep…”. This is way beyond Barry Bucknell

  2. Evan
    June 12th, 2014 18:32

    Those posts look good and hefty… you can string fairy lights between them too in the Winter :cool:


  3. Expat
    June 15th, 2014 15:49

    These are really good. Coolaroo?


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