Sunday, June 10, 2007

I'm not sure the food was that good . . .

One of the advantages of being the first of our peers to do the whole " settle down, get a house, have kids, move to the country" thing is that we have a supply of friends and family who, in return for a good meal and some booze, are happy to help with lifting, shifting and general hard labour.

This weekend was one of those occasions. I have a thing about corrugated iron - a large part of the attraction of the van is that it is corrugated, for the same reason I would love a shepherd's hut. The older, more patinated the iron the better.

For the past few months, Euan and I have been discussing the need for a shed - somewhere to move the junk from the garage, somewhere to store tools sensibly, somewhere for the lawn-mower so that it doesn't block the entrance to the polytunnel.

We had looked at wooden sheds but they all looked a bit "kitty" and were really out of our budget anyway.

Then we saw this on e-bay - a large shed/barn in Stirling in very lovely corrugated iron. Euan spent the week of "watching" drawing up plans and costing van hire, notifying our helpers that they should be on call.


We "won" it, hired the van and Euan, John and Peter went off to demolish the shed, break it up into salvagable bits and bring it back here.

I think that they may think very hard about whether they ever want to visit for the weekend again.

Euan is going to transform this van of bits into a lovely useful shed with a tunnel where we can hang the washing when it rains.

12 comments:

Tracy said...

sounds like a fantastic idea - i cannot wait to move up and live the life of freedom, friends and laughter - just as your pictures today show.
and a dry place to hang the washing outside - genius!
tracy x

Matron said...

Can't wait to see the finished product! Looks like good fun!

UN PEU LOUFOQUE said...

Superb we have an australian book called blokes sheds and it is heavily into corrugated iron. I do hope the roof is iron too, the sound is tremendous when it rains! If you put some plastic coruugated pieces in the tunnel roof it dries the washing really well even on very dull days!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

How creative you are. To have made it yourselves will be so much more satisfying. Crystal x

Alison said...

Hope it goes well, looks like a bit of a job! Bet it will look fantastic.
Alison x

Faith said...

Well its not what I would choose, but hopefully you will be very happy with the end result.

Jane said...

That is such a great idea about the plastic corrugation - damp washing is the bane of my life in the winter (and some of the summer) - it takes over the house and I HATE, HATE, HATE laundry.

J
x

carolyn said...

Good grief looks like quite a project btter let Kevin McCloud know then we can all see the transformation on Grand Designs!

Suffolkmum said...

It will be fantastic when finished - I agree, you are so creative. Beautiful photos of girls.

Gigibird said...

You are very lucky to have such a practical husband!

You are making most of blogworld jealous with your plans for a drying area - I dream the dream.... but until then I'm afraid my tumble is my best friend as I share your hatred of drying washing everywhere.

Vintage to Victorian said...

Brilliant idea. Can't wait to see the finished shed/barn/store. Good luck! Sue

weirdbunny said...

We saw loads of corugated steal houses on hols last year - adorable I'd love to live in one. In fact I always cut out the pictures when I see them in magazine articles.