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Swing in a garden in the near of railway-crossing Drausendorf Saxony

The garden of my house at Drausendorf near Zittau in Upper Lusatia, Saxony. The garden in summer is very pleasant, especially when children are there who can play there undisturbed. The unique boat-swing was build in the seventies and was discoverd by me in 2005 in the garden of a friend in Hradek nad Nisou, Czech Republic, where it stands about 20 years unused in a corner behind wild plants. It was covered in rust and consisted only of the metal frame. Immediately I remembered my son, who was then 2 years old. After a handshake it was deconstructed to several parts and transported to Germany by a little slow "Multicar" in an adventurous way. Now, new bearings were installed, renewed the welds and finally the blank frame found its place in the garden. Now followed the making of the wooden seats and the final painting in the colors red, green, blue and yellow. Since then, the gem rocks and swings again for children and also for adults.

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