Adding shade

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Around 20 years ago, my sister bought a hammock and frame at a garage sale for $25. When they moved she wasn’t able to take it with her, so she “stored” it at my place and I’ve had it ever since.  (I’m still obligated by the terms of the transaction to refer to it at all times as “my sister’s hammock.”)

It has survived four or five moves with me, being left in the rain, being abused by children who used it as a play structure, and it is still going strong. I love my sister’s hammock.

However, lately I haven’t used it as much, because there really isn’t much shade in our current backyard.  It just gets too hot lying there in the sun.

With our new patio area, there was potential for an improved hammock placement. I had a couple of shade sails that we used to use over the old patio. The equilateral triangle I tried first was too small and had the wrong angles for the posts, and the right triangle was way too big. But too big can be solved with scissors.

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A new hem on the longest side, and a pleat to shorten the opposite point, and we now have a hammock in the shade.

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That hexagon area is supposed to be our fire pit seating area, but since we haven’t purchased either the fire pit or the seating yet, it will make a great hammock spot in the meantime.