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


18 November 2012

Shed Mission

From one shed to another - ultimate upcycling!

This weekend has seen one project finished and another begun and finished!  This is largely due to the fact that Chris Genever made us an offer we couldn't refuse and he came for 2 whole days.  We finished the new shed and Chris made a little terrace/threshold out of some left over York stone and some reclaimed (from Kay's garden) slate and a planter using 2 old ridge tiles. Apart from the windows and the pears, all exterior materials are original and we used the offcuts of the floor and ceiling timbers to create its 'crown'.  

The original shed and it's rebuild!

The interior is now painted and the wood work has been coated with a turpentine linseed oil mix.  The floor has had a wash with a very dilute white emulsion which has lightened the whole room.  The bench which was also Kay's  has been rubbed down and stripped of its chipped orange/brown paint and repainted in Old English Green to match the frieze. We need to come up with some sort of door catch usable from both sides.  Ideas on that one are still bouncing around!

Hopefully there will be room for a small writing desk, a book case and a chair.  I might even steal the hearth rug from the sitting room to make it just a little cosy! I really must unpack the exercise bike as there really are no excuses left for further delays.  We are waiting for Dave Melhuish: our esteemed electrician from D.S.M. Electrical Installations Ltd. to come and work his magic!

The real $64,000.00 question is: what shall we call it?

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