Of all the things one can do with a garden, I think making it unique is tops on the list. Special touches here and there that make it stand apart from not only what the neighbours have, but from what anybody has created. To do this, with every item I bring in I try to do something distinctive, whether that be by getting an unusual bench, or sticking with classic items like barbecues but making something unusual to coordinate with it.
In the instance of the barbecue, there was no way I was going to intentionally avoid getting a smashing new Weber just so I could have something more uncommon to decorate the garden. That would be taking things too far in my opinion, plus I really love to barbecue, so convenience and accuracy are far too important to take chances with anything other than a modern one. Yet, I still wanted to whip up something interesting to go with it as a compromise.
So, I decided to get a hand painted slate sign to go next to the appliance. On it I had several regional variations for the word barbecue written in cursive. For, I doubt anyone else I will ever have a the luck to encounter, or whose garden I might visit will have had the very same idea. And if they do per chance, then it will be equally as unlikely that they will have chosen the exact same choice of terms, font or materials.
On my one of a kind sign I included an Australian word for bar-b-q, barbie, a South African one, braai, along with the more common one I associate with the United States barbeque too. It is supposed to be finished next week, and I am very eager to see how good it looks in what I have deemed the official grill area. Just one more personal touch to keep things interesting, I highly recommend it to all.