My weekend suddenly and unexpectedly became free, so I used it to make a new entry to the farm. Here is the old one:
This looked pretty boring to me, and I thought it would be nice to have something a little more inviting. Even so, I wanted it to be simple and rustic, something you might find outside a prairie homesteader's kitchen garden.
Here is Harold giving me a hand in the construction:
I put the cross pieces together with half-lap joints:
I gave the posts cement shoes for support and to keep water from pooling around the base:
Once the cement for the posts had set overnight, I made a new gate for the entry:
I gave it a little treen (wooden) handle:
And then I made a little bird house out of scrap from the old gate:
There is a antique climbing rose (Trier) just to the left of the gate, and hopefully I'll be able to train the canes to grow along the fence and over the portal. All those roses and structures at the Fort Worth Botanic garden must have really made an impression on me...