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The Rambling Writer’s Quest for Home: Thor Builds a Swinging Cabana

Progress continues on our dream home with sunsets over the Salish Sea, as Thor builds a swinging lounger inspired by the cabanas on our recent Caribbean beach trip.

Believe it or not, the photo above is not color-enhanced. We’ve been enjoying unseasonably sunny days and some spectacular sunsets this month in the Pacific Northwest after our return from our remote Caribbean snorkeling paradise. On once more returning to our low-key honeymoon getaway, we enjoyed the new additions of a couple of swinging cabanas hand-made by the new owner from jungle trees/branches:

Since Thor keeps worries at bay by always making sure he has projects to build (heaven help us all if he runs out of things to build and places to put them!), he decided to make his own version of the swinging cabana. We thought that suspending joined loungers with adjustable backs would be the way to go, so here’s the start with cedar boards and hinges:

The northwest corner of our native plant preserve felt like the perfect spot, where we could hear the waves (and also wave across the inlet at Canada). To avoid any damage to the plants, Thor dug in four sleeves for the upright supports, instead of making permanent concrete footings. Everything can be taken down during the winter.

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