Twenty seven years ago, in 1994, my hubby built a ridiculously solid red gum table which was inaugurated for Christmas that year and later enjoyed by our family for our daughter’s first birthday party five years later.
In 2001 we extended our house and the outdoor entertaining area was halved. As a result the massive red gum table was too big for the space below, so our lovely neighbours next door happily agreed to take it off our hands. We knew it was going to a good home.
There it sat for twenty plus years and we joined our Argentinan neighbours on a number of occasions as the table played host to many happy outdoor celebrations.
The years passed and last year dirty rotten scoundrel termites moved in, wreaking havoc with the foundations. From the inside out the table was disintegrating.
A new table was needed and a proposal put to my hands on hubby. Could he, would he, be willing to make a new table, one that would further stand the test of time? Many hours of design, toil and labour later and it was made.
An exceptionally stable table
The table weighs over 200kgs and comprises of a steel base and five red gum sleepers. It’s fit for an epic “Knights of the Rectangular Table’ feast and capable of withstanding the weight of more than a few happy women dancing on top!
Table complete, the next issue was the logistics of the move. How would we get it out of our garage and onto next doors decking?
The answer: lots of manpower. So, the troops were called, neighbours and nearby friends rallied. A date and time was set.
“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” Henry Ford
And so it was dismantled, the steel base taken apart from the wooden top. It was hoisted, moved, walked out onto the road, manoeuvred down a garden path, walked around the side of the house and lifted up onto their decking. It was a precision operation.
Truly, it was a communal, concerted effort. I stood back and watched, snapping pics, with complete faith that the operation would succeed. Slowly but purposefully, with lots of manpower, the table made its way from our garage to its new destination.
Less than an hour later it was in place, in its new home, amongst the gum trees. Hostess neighbour Silvi and Daniel had pizzas organised, beer and wine flowed and with that the table was christened.
“A good neighbour increases the value of your property.” Czech proverb.
The ultimate camping table now sits in their peaceful backyard, the foundation is strong, in fact i think it’s possibly the sturdiest table in the neighbourhood. I have a feeling it will still be there when the house is one day sold.
It might not be camping as such but it now has its own short travel tale and I’m sure it’ll see many happy gatherings in its new setting. After all, good food and wine is always better when shared on a solid space in the great outdoors.
From start to finish the creation of this table was an example of a vision, the commitment and teamwork that began with one man thinking an idea to another building it and making it a reality and then a cooperative effort by many in seeing it put in place. Success happens when we work in unity.
It feels a bit like that in the world today. There’s a lot happening behind the scenes, so much that we can’t see beneath the surface, but it’s all going to pave the way to a bright and amazing new world. When we each do our bit, staying strong and keeping our vibe high, while being kind to others around us, life responds with ease. We’re all full of strength we never knew we had and love and faith helps bridge the gap.
Cheers to making dreams real and moving forward into a future of untold possibility, potential and great times.
In love and light.