DIY lemonade stand

What’s the definition of a marriage made in heaven? When you’re a gardener, I think it’s having a partner who not only doesn’t mind your endless mad schemes – a new bed here, a rock wall there, a bonfire-sized brazier over there – but can jolly well build them too. So when I proposed we knock together a village fair-style drinks stand to serve the punch and homemade lemonade from at our wedding, the Hunk immediately drove off to the timber yard, bought some ply and posts… and, with help from his dad and my brother-in-law Alan, whipped up the cutest darn lemonade stand I’ve ever seen.

It took half a day to build (we used a recycled plastic plant pot as a template for the jigsaw-cut awning roof) and a week to paint (the colours are white, ‘Japanese Laurel’ (bright green) and ‘Feijoa’ (pale green) from Resene, which I’ve also used to paint everything from the chicken coop to wine barrel planters and obelisks for the big day).

The drinks stand is supposed to sit on the deck in front of our house, but I begged the boys to lift it out onto the formal lawn so I could snap a photo of it today. Bad move… because it looked so sweet sitting on the grass that now it seems a shame not to leave it there.

Which brings me back to that whole (impending) marriage made in heaven definition. “The lemonade stand looks so good on the lawn,” I sighed. “Why don’t we just build another one then?” replied the Hunk. He wasn’t even joking.

The only downside to a marriage made in heaven? It works both ways. This afternoon when I got home, the blokes were ripping around the old equestrian arena on motorbikes, having spent the day scraping it clean with a bulldozer. It’s the only flat spot on the farm for parking, but after the wedding my long term goal is to transform it into a posh, parterre-themed, pick-your-own berry and flower farm modelled on the famous potager at Villandry in France.

Or at least that’s what I was planning. “I’ve had a better idea,” said the Hunk this afternoon. “The boys and I have decided it would make a perfect go kart racing track…”

8 thoughts on “DIY lemonade stand

  1. Ha, ha. I’m a garden obsessed, single female, with long suffering parents who I rope into helping me on a regular basis. You finding your Hunk has restored my faith that there might still be some good men out there!! Good luck with your wedding. I hope you put a picture or two up for us to see 🙂

    • Don’t give up! Took me 35 years (and a fair bit of intensive market research) to find mine. My advice is to start hanging out in provincial rugby clubs… they seem to be a hotbed of tradesmen with gardening/building skills 🙂

      My parents are still slaving away in my garden too… though I’ve promised them that after I’ve walked up the aisle, they can take the rest of their lives off. (Unless I need a hand building the berry farm, of course…)

  2. Its called compromise and and thinking of a few good reasons not to have a go cart track in that particular place.
    1. Dust
    2. Danger when the baby toddles
    3. unsightly mess
    4. Devaluing the property
    5. Promises of ‘afternoon delights’ if you can have it for a parterre
    The lemonade stand looks fab- my husband has just finished my gazebo/garden room practical men are the best- failing that you have to get a millionaire who can buy in skill!! Best wishes for your special day.

    • Heh. I like your spirit! I already compromised and told the Hunk he can have it as a full time go kart track until the middle of September, then I’ll be commandeering it to grow berries. Though I suppose if I was really entering into the spirit of compromise, I could create kidney-shaped berry beds that they could race around.

      (Like hell!)

  3. The stand is super cute and after the wedding you could use it to sell your surplus produce with a honesty box at the end of your drive! 🙂

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