After some brainstorming ( read ; drinking beer in the afternoons and looking to the skies ) on how I could provide some shade out the front of The Compound during next year’s hot season, I came up with what I think is a pretty sweet solution. My ideas all kept coming back to bamboo for its durability, cost and most importantly, aesthetics. Problem is, I looked high and low for the thick, 7 metre lengths required for the job but just cold not find any.
Then I visited Murray’s new school that is under construction and noticed the whopping great big lengths of bamboo being used for scaffolding and after a quick chat with the old lady running the job, it was agreed I could purchase some at a knock down price in a few more weeks. So the other day I borrowed my mechanic’s truck and went and picked up 9 lengths ( cost ; $9 ) and then went by the hardware shop for a ladder ( $30) and some wire (5000r). Two hours of blood ( razor wire cuts ), sweat ( n0 breeze) and alot of swearing later, we now have a nice bamboo trellis for the bougainvillea to spread over. Not bad !