Made to mea­sure

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - LYNDA'S PROJECT -

Out­door rulers are a cre­ative way to turn a prac­ti­cal util­ity – a shed or garage wall, plain boundary fence or wa­ter tank – into a fun gar­den fea­ture. When my hus­band built a fly­ing fox across our gully pad­dock, it re­quired two huge wooden sup­port­ing posts, each 8m high and 300mm in di­am­e­ter, built into plat­forms of pine deck­ing. The post at the top, in my gar­den, proved some­thing of an eye­sore, as its size made it the un­in­tended fo­cal point at the end of a ser­pen­tine board­walk lined with hostas and deep red maple trees. Thanks to a lick of paint, it’s now an out­door ruler, made to mea­sure our chil­dren’s growth over the years to come. The ruler is 2m high (here’s hop­ing my boys don’t grow up to be­come NBA bas­ket­ballers) with 20cm mark­ings (if they’re any closer to­gether you can’t de­ci­pher the num­bers from a dis­tance). I painted the post a deep shade of au­bergine (Re­sene Cou­ture) and added a beige, red and black ruler (Re­sene San­dal, Poppy and All Black).

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