The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


3 July 2012

A Two Chris Saturday


Newly re-boarded base awaiting C treatment
Boards awaiting de-nailing
Just when we thought all major projects had finished, No 1 Gardener rolls up with an unwanted garden shed and, having dismantled if carefully, he managed to deliver whole sections of an 8'x10' shed unaided!  To our surprise, No 1 Builder arrived on Saturday morning and so work commenced on making the shed base and then taking the boards off the sides and cutting the frames to size.  Because we need to downsize it to 6'x8', all the waney edged boards needed removing and then de-nailing. Whilst this was going on, Chris (ie. the other Chris) was digging up Lilies-of-the-valley and moving them to the safety of the woodland border to make way for the shed base.    A Rosa Glauca and a Berberis also required moving.

And, yes it's already been pointed out that it would be cheaper to buy a new shed as we will be constructing a new shed from an old one AND having to take the first one to pieces before re-sizing it.  However, a new one would be just that - new and characterless.  

I'm not at all keen on the UVPC windows and am actively seeking better alternatives - via EBay.  When completed; the plan is to install an exercise bike.  Hopefully, the interior will be lined in ply and tastefully painted in Farrow & Ball paint - also discarded by its previous shed owners!  The only slight snag is that fact that 'Sir' is absolutely insisting that it is also insulated.  Not just any old insulation but insulation to a standard!  Now - how exactly can I tell a very busy builder who's already given up one Saturday??? Any ideas?

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