I had the perfect setting for my client’s 40th birthday celebrations but one element I had no control over was the delightful British weather.
So, armed with a pop up gazebo out I went and ‘hey presto’ it was up and we had shelter and then back to wrapping cutlery I went.
Then, it started to drizzle so plan B was implemented which was we will cover the chef and the BBQ and the guests can eat inside.
However, moving gazebo from plan A to B ended up taking five people as it was like an obstacle course over the patio with box hedges, a small wall and the garden patio furniture but we finally got the chef covered as the heavens opened. All I can say is thank goodness their was no photographer or videographer in sight as it was a comedy moment.
The day progressed, the children entertained by Michael King the perfect children’s magician, people fed by Jan Sturges and as everyone relaxed in the pool and hot tub so it was time to take down the infamous gazebo.
Well, what a blonde moment was to be had. Firstly, two of us managed to bring the legs down but the concertina effect, well it then took three of us over fifteen minutes and a few swear words. As a last resort, I had to put in a phone call to trusted friend who I had borrowed it from and all it was simply ‘a button’ to push.
Well, it is always simple when you know how.
The morale of the story is, ask the question about putting up and taking it down before you borrow something or check the instructions. But, their were no instructions in the bag, so I had a good reason for that ‘blonde’ moment.