Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday: Poolside at Gollum's

We're working on a faux creek bed. It extends from the waterfall and winds around the pond.
A few shots around the pool...

This is our 2nd umbrella. The wind sweeps relentlessly over the hill, sometimes hard enough to rip off the gutters, so an umbrella doesn't stand a chance. It ended up in the pool. Next day we found it in the pond--hopelessly broken. So I ain't taking chances with the new umbrella.
It stays tightly buttoned unless we're right there.

I will see you all on Foodie Friday. Mr. Linky should be up by 8 pm Thursday.

Visit Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for a tour of the great outdoorshttp://www.asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/


  1. Thanks for 'the dip' Michael.

    Hope your Mom is doing fine now.

  2. Hi, Brenda, thank you so much. She's home and doing well. She's a trooper!

  3. Love all the pictures...what a nice place to be able to relax by on a hot day! Smiles:0)

  4. That looks lovely!
    I know what you mean about umbrellas and wind. Ours blew over and the glass table broke...I never saw so much glass...I was cleaning it out of the grass for days!
    Glad mom is doing well!

  5. I'm so glad to hear your mother is home and doing well. Your pool and landscaping is beautiful. I sure know what you mean about the wind and umbrellas. However, the last storm we had the umbrella was tied down and it still went over and is a done deal.. will have to start looking for a new one. I enjoyed your pictures of your beautiful pool.. hugs ~lynne~

  6. Oh Girl I am so glad to hear your Mama is at home and OK...Love your pool...what a fun and beautiful home you have my friend...Give your mama my best...Hugs and smiles to you my friend...Gl♥ria

  7. That's wonderful news about your Mother being home.. Your view as always is such a treat to see.. love those Zinnias.. they are stunning!
    Happy Wednesday!

  8. Glad your Mother is doing better. I had one of those umbrella issues also - took table and all down with it. Your yard is so pretty.

  9. How refreshing, would love to take a little dip. Wonderful summer oasis.

    Enjoy! Candy

  10. Gollum, I loved seeing what you are doing with your dry creek bed around the pool area, and your pool is so lovely. I don't blame you a bit for keeping the umbrella down. During certain times of the year, we bring all of our porch furniture in because of weather. Earlier this summer, we had three weeks of "weather," and I found my heavy porch rocker upside down and near the railing. I thought Mr. Magpie had done it, but he blamed it on the wind. It must have been some gust!

    I hope that your mother is doing much better. I've been thinking about her and pray for a speedy recovery. We've all grown fond of her from your posts. Please tell her I send my best and hope she feels much better soon.

    Happy OW...


    Sheila :-)

  11. Your pool is so inviting and just gorgeous... I really love the outdoor fireplace too!
    Have a great week.
    ~Really Rainey~

  12. I'm so happy to hear your mom is doing well!

    Great job on the dry creek bed & your pool is gorgeous! We lost our PRETTY umbrella last year & bought a not as pretty replacement, but we're leery of putting it up... Those sneaky gale force winds can be such a deterrent! ☺ Diane

  13. Beautiful poolside pics, and I know what you mean about open patio umbrellas. I lost one last year, too from the wind and rain.

    See you Friday!

    My OW is on my fam's blog:

  14. I'm glad that your mom is home and doing well.

    Your pool area looks very inviting. I love the outdoor fireplace. We've always said if we ever redo our back porch and yard, we'd like to get one of those put in. Nice pop of color with the flowers.

  15. Beautiful!!! Depiction of loveliness at its best if you want my opinion.

    My Outdoor Wednesday is flowers with a 'passion'. Come over if you can find time. I'd love your company today.

    And, hope the day treats you well!!!

  16. Just beautiful! It's so nice to see some water. Unfortunately all of our creek beds (and lakes, and rivers) are starting to look faux right now, this drought is unbelievable. So nice to see green in your lawn. And flowers that are still blooming! What a lovely place to spend a lazy afternoon. Kathy

  17. Hi Gollum, You can never trust the wind... we don't have an umbrella but we do have awning that need to be watched or they will be ripped right off of Tassie... Beautiful relaxing area you have there around your pool... Thanks for the beautiful pictures of it... Glad to hear your mom is doing better.


  18. Hi Michael Lee! Your pool area is gorgeous! I love the dry creek bed, but I am having major outdoor fireplace envy right now! Love it! So glad to hear that your mama is doing better! Enjoy the rest of your week!...hugs...Debbie

  19. Thanks for the morning swim. It felt so refreshing with this darn Phoenix heat. The zinnias were so beautiful and vibrant, and I love your large asparagus fern. Just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this Outdoor Wednesday post. Country Hugs, Sherry

  20. Morning Michael, The pool and outdoor fireplace is beautiful.

    The false creekbed is going to be darling. I understand about the umbrella, I have had a few go sailing across the yard.

    Happy Wednesday.

  21. What a beautiful area you have. :) It looks very relaxing!

  22. Wish I was laying out by that pool today!! I had the same problem with my umbrella. I eventually gave up on it

  23. Stunning pics! Thanks for sharing.

    Donna Marie

    PS. I finally picked up that book for writer's that you suggested.


  24. I am going to grab my beach towel and will be over very soon!

    Such a beautiful spot for relaxation.

    Happy OW

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥

  25. I'm ready to be poolside there... pretty place!

  26. Your pool area looks so nice and relaxing! CHEERS! Michele

  27. Love your pool and see you for Foodie Friday

  28. What a spectacular space. It's already close to gorgeous. I can just imagine what the finished product will look like.

  29. Gollum,
    What a nice set up you have here.

    God richly Bless you,
    from Kansas where the Buffalo roam

  30. I love zinnias, they are always so hardy and gorgeous. We live close to the coast of Texas and our umbrellas never make it past a year, we have given up on them and are in the process of building a pergola instead. Love your pictures : )


  32. so glad you mom is home, hope she is doing well~

    i love the pool, we have the same pavers. i am to chicken to have a fp, ca, wild fires and wind, no thank you, but i adore the look and feel of a cozy night by fire and water.

  33. We had an umbrella to go the same way one time from a wind storm, so after when we bought the new one, we started tying it closed tight with a robe when a storm was predicted. Beautiful pool, it's still 90 degrees here at 6:40pm and a dip in your pool would feel great.

  34. Good luck with this project. The results should be lovely.

    I'm glad to read your mother is better.

  35. Absolutely gorgeous, M!

    How is your mom doing?

    Justine :o )

  36. Beautiful. Love the wide open spaces. Looks cook and refreshing.

  37. What a beautiful place to unwind and cool down. I love the stone on the fire place.

    Come by for my GIVE-A-WAY this week by 10 pm Fri.
    and then check out our newest addition.


  38. As I write there is thunder in the distance, but we NEED some rain here so it's ok. Your pool is gorgeous, I can imagine floating around on a raft soaking up some good rays! AHHHHHHHHH! I am so happy to hear your Mama is home and doing well! We all send her hugs and kisses! Hugs to you too, Pinky

  39. What a beautiful backyard. I love the fireplace, and of course, the pool.


  40. Yes, those umbrellas can get away from you! Thanks for the pics!


  41. I can just imagine that an umbrella wouldn't survive out there in the open like that. We've lost a couple of them to wind, and we have houses all around us. What a beautiful view. I could really relax here! laurie

  42. boooohoooobwaaaaaaaa....sniff...
    BWAAAAAAAAAAAAA...i wanna a pool...