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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

{Moving Our LPG Gas Tank}

After our exterior got painted, there was one disturbing factor and that was the LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) Tank for our artificial gas logs in the fire place... So we decided to move it out of the way!
Don't you agree that it was disturbing here? Wrong color and just an ugly sight...
Below this post you can see two links from previous post where you get to see the LPG Gas Tank as it still was matching with the rest...
Husband Pieter started with pouring a concrete platform in front of the chimney.
There the LPG Gas Tank will blend in far better!
Bags of concrete were hauled in my 16 year old Toyota RAV4 and further action.
Platform in the making...
Without any equipment we moved the LPG Gas Tank off its old platform and onto the new one.
Rolling it over wooden poles, using planks and other wooden poles to push and lift.
Here it is still on its side...
And here we already put it upright on its new concrete platform.
Don't you think it is looking far better this way?
To the left you see the patio in front of our Rose Suite Entrance.
Also our Rose Stepping Stones you can see here.
Total picture with the Rose Suite Patio showing also.
Stepping further back towards the big Live Oak Tree and you see the Rose Stepping Stones.
All our Jasmine plants...
Now the Jasmines are on the former LPG Gas Tank's concrete platform...
Here you have a better over view.
So what do you think; an improvement or not?


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68 comments:

  1. WOW!!! That was a huge project Pieter is amazing. Dearest Mariette it looks great and your jasmine will create a beautiful screen to further take out of site. We had one of those tanks when we first moved to our country home - I was happy when we discovered that for a small (well maybe not so small ..lol) fee we were able to get natural gas. We opted for the gas line - which is buried underground over the huge tank.
    You and Pieter inspire us to keep our home in the country - it's lots of work, as you know. Hugs and blessings, C. (HHL)

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    1. Dearest Celia,
      That was one of those not-so-nice-to-do projects but we got it tackled! All in time before we left for Florida! Glad it's done and yes, those jasmines camouflage that tank further. Wish we could have here natural gas too.
      It is lots of work for all the upkeep in and even more so, around the house!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      Guess this works best and jasmines will further conceal it nicely.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Oh my gosh ~ you did a lot of work! It for sure looks much much nicer! Good job!
    xo Catherine

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    1. Dearest Catherine,
      Yeah, such jobs are the ones before you leave for a vacation in Florida...
      One day when we had tea in the gazebo I got the idea and not long after, it got carried out! So glad with the results.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Hello dear Mariette, I totally agree with you! What a wonderful job! It looks so much better!

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    1. Dearest Linda,
      THANK YOU! We both felt so good about having this tackled.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Lots of back breaking work. Looks good.

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    1. Dearest Kay,
      Often good things don't come easy or without sweat...!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Deaerst Mariette,
    this was a good idea, you don't see it so much, when you look at the house...you did well wirh all the paknts arround!
    Happy new week to you,
    love and hugs
    Claudia

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      It is now far better camouflaged and we are very happy with the look.
      Happy new fall week to you.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Liebe Mariette,
    ihr seid ein tolles Team. Pieter hat dem Gastank erinen ideales Fundament gebaut und du hast ihn gut kaschiert mit den Pflanzen.
    Liebe Grüße, Johanna

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    1. Liebe Johanna,
      Ja zusammen schaffen wir 'noch' fast alles! Ich habe nur ein wenig mitgeholfen um im um zu rollen.
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  8. Liebe Mariette,

    das ist eine gelungene Teamarbeit.
    Alles Gute
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Ja, sehr gelungen! Wir sind schon Jahrzehnten ein gutes Team!
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  9. Hello Mariette,

    Nice to have stumbled on your blog from half way around the world (Singapore). You have a lovely space here. Following you :)

    Thanks,
    Pallavi
    palulife.blogspot.sg

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    1. Dearest Pallavi,
      Welcome from halfway across the world to my blog. We've been to India and to Singapore quite often so we know your world.
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  10. Hello Mariette, I wish that I had half the energy of you two--when I think even of all the small projects here that remain undone...

    In my last house in Ohio, we had an outdoor oil tank which was larger and more awkward than your propane one. Luckily, we were able to get natural gas installed, and the old tank was taken away.

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Well, thanks for your kind words but it sure remains hard work. We took just 8 days off in Florida for some relaxing time; much needed!
      Wish we had natural gas but it is not yet available here. Those tanks, small or large are seldom decorative objects around the house!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Caspita! è tutta un'altra cosa! un'ottima idea e un ottimo lavoro. Certo che adoro tuo marito, un vero assoluto tesoro! Sa fare tutto e tutto bene, ovviamente sotto la tua attenta supervisione!!
    un bacio mariette, I love you.
    Felice autunno ad entrambi.
    mimma

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    1. Cara Mimma,
      Ci sono giorni quando penso di dover vivere mai senza il mio tesoro di un marito, ottengo triste... Ma per il momento essere esso è grande! Godiamoci ogni giorno e ogni progetto fatto è un altro miglioramento per il futuro pure. Grazie per la tua visita e di parole calde. Ti amo anch'io.
      Mariette

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  12. Veel beter, wat een goed idee, maar wat een werk om dat zelf te doen!

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Ja dank je! Het idee was zeker goed en we hadden ook geen ander optie omdat het gras nog veel te nattig is om een grote truck te laten komen hiervoor. Dan zou de schade groter zijn. Dus deden we het maar op de ouderwetse manier zoals eeuwen lang mensen zware dingen verplaatsten.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  13. Wow! What a difference, Mariette! I must tell you that every time I click onto your site and see your beautiful yellow house, I am still in awe of it. You certainly have vision and an impeccable sense of style. <3

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    1. Dearest Stacy,
      Thank you for your kind words! We too are still in love with it and I don't regret this choice, however hard for selecting this on my own. My husband would have created some funny looks with his colorblindness! Another project accomplished and let's hope we're slowly moving into some quieter days of life...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. Dearest Mariette,
    That's a much better location, and the jasmine pots are much prettier than an LPG tank.
    I hope you are enjoying continuing good weather.........*s*

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    1. Dearest Suzi,
      You are so right about those jasmine pots winning it big time from the LPG tank!
      It is dry today but very clouded.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  15. Lieve Mariette,

    Jij bent gewoonlijk van de ideeën en man Pieter gaat zonder blikken of blozen aan de slag;-)
    Ben al veel doehetzelvers en handige mannen tegengekomen in mijn leventje,maar jou man Pieter spant wel de kroon,die is echt van alle markten thuis!!!

    Dit keer niet de verdwijntruc achter de Rhododendrons maar achter de Jasmijn.

    Hartelijk dank voor jullie lieve felicitatie voor Harry's verjaardag,ja we hadden een gezellige dag,dit keer in huiselijke familiekring.
    Fijn dat jullie een bezoek konden brengen aan je lieve vriendin en heerlijke verwendagen op luxe locatie hadden,doet de mens echt goed om er even tussen uit te gaan.
    Zijn ook onze plannen maar eerst nog nabehandeling(laser) aan mijn oog omdat er complicatie is.

    Ik wens je een fijne (blog)week en veel lieve groeten!!!
    Ger


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    1. Lieve Ger,
      Dank je voor je compliment; ja hij spant ook echt de kroon en ik ken geen tweede zoals hem!
      Niet zo leuk om te lezen dat er een complicatie is met je oog. Hopelijk gaat het goed komen met wat meer tijd en geduld.
      Lieve groetjes en een fijne week met goede vooruitzichten!
      Mariette

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  16. ciao cara Mariette, un grande abbraccio Lory

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    1. Cara Lory,
      Grazie e un grand abbraccia in retorno.
      Mariette

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  17. Dear Mariette,
    what a great idea you had!!!Nice work!!!
    Pietre is so talented!!!!
    Hope you have a lovely new week!!Hugs!!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      The combination of great ideas with a strong and talented husband so far have worked excellent!
      Wishing you also a lovely new week.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  18. Belo trabalho...Espectacular....
    Cumprimentos

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  19. Liebe Mariette,
    war betimmt nicht ganz so leicht, aber die "Verbergung"
    ist Euch gut gelungen. Ideen, die auch umgesetzt werden,
    sind Geldwert.
    Einen guten Start in die neue Woche wünscht
    Irmi

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    1. Liebe Irmi,
      Es war bestimmt nicht leicht aber wir haben es mit vereinden Kräfte geleistet! Die Verbergung ist super gelungen so. Ja, ich mag es auch immer wenn Ideen nicht nur bei Wörter bleiben und dazu ist Pieter wirklich SUPER!
      Auch eine schöne neue Woche.
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  20. Veel beter is dit, Mariette! En met nog n aantal planten ervoor zie je er niets meer van, toch?!
    Goed idee hoor!
    Fijne dag!
    Nicole

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    1. Beste Nicole,
      Ja, dit is heel mooi opgelost zo en volgend jaar met het volle groeiseizoen voor de boeg zal het nog mooier lijken.
      Lieve groet,
      Mariette

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  21. Oh, yes! It is much much better now and the plants will eventually hide it ! Congratulations to your dear Pieter as well as to you, Mariette, I am sure you also helped in the project!! Well done!!
    Hugs!!!

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      Thank you! Yes I did help in the final stage of rolling that LPG tank upright again.
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Serena,
      THANK you! We are pleased with the end results as well.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  23. Liebe Mariette ,das ist eine deutliche Verbesserung !!!Sieht klasse aus .Liebe Grüße Ina

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    1. Liebe Ina,
      Ja so etwas ist sehr deutlich eine Verbesserung! Vielen Dank und liebe Grüsse zurück.
      Mariette

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  24. You already covered the tank with plants very nicely, but I agree, it looks better in the new place! I think it fits better.
    It's great to hear you had nice vacation in Florida! I'm so sorry your friend lost her kitty, Sunshine. I do think Sunshine knew it was time and came to say goodby to your friend. I always think kitties can sense these things and they are profound and mature. My heartfelt condolences to your friend..

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      It sure does look better this way. We did have a great time and it was such a coincidence that you blogged about Goro, four years ago you got sunshine in your home... Just this past Friday we learned that their kitty Sunshine had passed away. They sure can sense a lot of things and it is not for nothing that the Egyptians worshiped their Bastet!
      Hugs to you and thanks for your kind thoughts.
      Mariette

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  25. That is one big ass gas tank.............and it does look better now that it has been moved.

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      It was really not THAT big, but heavy... It fits better in this spot.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  26. Dearest Mariette,
    Your husband Pieter started with pouing a concrete platform in front of the chimaey.
    There the LPG gas tank will beled in far butter! Bags of concrete were hauled in your 16 year old Toyota Rav4 and futher action..You still happy with your comfortelbul all the time.
    Pieter already put it upright on its new conereat platform.
    All your Jasmine plants the rose stopping stores.
    There the LPG Gas tank will tlend in gar batter!!
    congratulations to your dear Pieter both together many happy love years!!
    I just thinikg about yours time.
    Pieter's need to having a good time of the days all the time.
    Best to YOU with lots of Love Pieter!!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Thank you and indeed we hope to have many happy years of love together. We worked hard on our nest and hope that the old days will be easier to maintain the home... But we enjoyed our vacation for 8 days; time off and much needed!
      Hugs and love back to you,
      Mariette

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  27. Dear Mariette, there is no doubt that it looks much better now !!! And when the plants around it grow ,
    it will look even better-an oasis !!!!!!!
    Have a great week !!!!

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    1. Dearest Niki,
      Thank you it is a better looking green jasmine oasis indeed!
      Happy week to you!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  28. Dearest Mariette
    Oh my goodness - what a great pair you two are. I can't believe you moved the huge cylinder on your own......
    They are an eyesore but a necessary one - you've managed to screen it exceptionally well!
    have a great week
    Hugs
    Shane xox

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    1. Dearest Shane,
      Most of the time we can manage anything on our own and this was a bit harder but DONE. The old fashioned way of rolling it over a wooden pole and using wooden handles to lift. It works; I was amazed too. My husband luckily still remembers those methods from the days of his Dad... The lawn was still too soggy for having a truck come in to lift it.
      Happy week to you and hugs!
      Mariette

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  29. Great but hard job! Both of you are very good workers. Congratulations!

    Marina

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    1. Dearest Marina,
      Thank you! But we have to do this only a few times in our life but two generations back they had to do everything like that...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  30. My dearest Marriete , your husband did a very hard and good job ! Of course is much better the new place and great idea that you covered with pots of plants !Nice work ! I would like to apologize that I did not visit you the past days ,but I was very busy for our event !Have a nice week !

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    1. Dearest Olympia,
      Thank you dear and it is rewarding to see good end results! You have had such a task on hands for the fund raiser to help those kids with cancer. What a beautiful labor of love by all those Greek women. An example to the world.
      Happy week to you!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  31. Wow, is there any big Project you guys cannot tackle!!! I am happy that after working hard at it, the results were wonderful! You were such a genious to use plants for a cover up, that's amazing! Very happy for the both of you. Thank you for your sweet comment as always dear Mariette. The biggest of hugs,
    FABBY

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    1. Dearest Fabby,
      Well, we hope we have tackled most big projects by now!
      If you are not strong you have to be smart and rolling a heavy item over some poles works for moving them! A very old fashioned way but if needed, will still function today. Our lawn was way too soggy for having a truck come to lift it off and move it to its new spot. So in a way we had no choice.
      We're pleased with the results. Thanks for your sweet comment here. It is always a pleasure to visit back and forth!
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  32. Liebe Mariette,
    es ist wirklich erstaunlich, was Dein Mann alles so schafft! Da würde unsereins mit Rückenproblemen längst flach liegen ... obwohl wir um Einiges jünger sind. ;-) Einfach bewundernswert! Bei so einem Mann kann man weit kommen im Leben ...

    Alles Liebe
    Sara

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    1. Liebe Sara,
      Ja Mein Mann ist immer ein sehr harter Werker gewesen und er hat ja Rückenprobleme, genauso wie seinem Vater. Diese Arbeit jedoch ist nicht so sehr mit den Rücken gemacht worden sondern mit Vernunft wie man es früher tat. Durch es über einem runden Holzstab zu rollen, kann man einem schweren Gegenstand leicht und problemlos verschieben.
      Danke für dein Lob! Ja, so ein zweiter Mann findet man nicht leicht... ich bin sehr damit gesegnet.
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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    2. Um so mehr meine Bewunderung! Eine Anstrengung ist es allemal ... sehr diszipliniert! Phantastisch!

      Alles Liebe für Euch Beide
      Sara

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  33. Hello

    The result was spectacular, it was a lot of work but it was very well worth it.

    Manuela

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    1. Dearest Manuela,
      Thank you, the result is well worth all the efforts!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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