To wrap up this week of Progress Reports, I give you a before-and-after of our fabulous dining pavilion.
Part of the "get this ready to use" project was a trial of clear shower-curtain liners to block wind. That didn't work too well, and it had this other, unanticipated effect:
Not only did the plastic curtains not block much wind, they caught it - and they yanked the screen curtains along with them.
So I took the plastic curtains down, and tried something, and the day after I tried it, the screen curtain was sedately right where I left it - despite a night of buffety wind:
This was a three-step process. First, I got canopy anchor bags and filled them with pebbles. Those are the tubular things you see by the gazebo legs. Their carrying straps are pinned to the vertical binding strip of the screen curtain.
Then I got little bungee cords and used them to secure the screen curtain at the bottom and to reinforce the strap at the middle.
And then I got metal clip-on drapery rings and attached them to the bottom of the screen curtain. Most of them slid down into the gap between planks. Two of them are set under/around the legs of that little plant stand.
I have since put another little plant stand up on the deck and used it to pin down two more of the drapery rings. Will shortly acquire a third, and that should keep the screen curtain where I want it (not to mention give me more places to put plants!).
I thought that the drapery rings could act as anchors, and that appears to be exactly how they are operating.
Also I was pleased (and relieved) to see that despite substantial rain over the past few weeks, the table set is perfectly dry under its cover. Next time we take the cover off to have dinner out there, I'll rub down the furniture with baby oil (which is, funnily enough, what was recommended to me by the store owner. Who knew that rosewood likes baby oil?).
p.s. for the record, one bag of pea pebbles will fill two of those anchor bags. They are good and heavy.