Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Ground force..........

Imminent arrival of new shed has necessitated drastic action in the garden. There is an area just off the patio, outside the kitchen window which has become the dumping ground of assorted rubbish stuff which won't fit in the old shed, but which we thought might come in handy.

Such as an old plastic table which blew over the wall during a mini-tornado and was cracked and broken along the top. What we thought we were ever going to do with it is a mystery.

Also a 2 metre length of kitchen worktop from the old kitchen which seemed too useful to dispose of but which has served only to act as a large shelf and accumulate no end of useless stuff.

Also deceased Christmas tree surrounded by gazillions of pine needles

Also two old wooden fence panels which blew down over the winter and are rotting away.

Also dozens of useless old plastic plant pots, a camping kettle without its whistle, battered washing up bowl, empty containters, congealed paint pots.........the list goes on.

So, spent a bracing hour outside this morning, clearing the area then sweeping up three winter's worth of leaves which had been sheltering under the pile of stuff.

For reasons known only to herself, small dog has declared jihad on the yard broom. She attacks it with a frenzy when anyone tries to use it. As a result she ended up caked in dirt and old leaves which wove themselves into her coat so she looked like a small animated woodland sprite.

New shed has duly been delivered, and is propped up against the wall in its box, awaiting a post-Miniatura lull. However, old shed must first be dismantled and removed so we are 'freecycling'* it.

*The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,290 groups with 4,677,000 members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Visit http://www.freecycle.org/search to find your local group)

Anyhoo, listed old shed an hour ago, and already someone wants to come and look at it. If he brings a hammer and gives it a couple of taps it will easily fall apart dismantle for transportation.

New shed kit weighs 48 kilos and we can't even lift it between the two of us (no point in asking small dog as she is no help in these situations) so we will have to bribe wait for prodigal son to visit for a weekend to help us assemble it.

So, plenty of scope for disaster blogging entertainment there then.

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