Sunday, 24 July 2011

Just getting straight when......

building works are to commence????

Patio Clutter

Since hubby has started working for himself and bearing in mind we only live in a terraced cottage, the clutter, 'his clutter has been getting worse and worse. He is a 'hoarder' to say the least, even down to bits of paper!

Coal now delivered, all bunkers full plus pre packs and the wood moved from the bottom of the garden!

To give an example in our shed in a trunk are two big boxes of papers which have been there untouched and unopened for years!! I have a rule if it has not been used in 18 months - 2 years it goes! Oh no. not my husband, he will go through every paper in that trunk with a fine tooth comb but that is only 'when he has the time'!!!

Ferns dug up and potted up to be replanted on the North side of the office when finished.

So he took over my daughters bedroom to use as an office, that is now so full he has to work in the dining room and I will not let him take that over, its bad enough trying to get to bed, he had, at last count 25 books beside his side of the bed and he assures me he was reading the lot!!!!!!

One Water Butt resited and refilled

So we have decided, well I decided and persuaded him that our super duper shed bought 9 years ago was worth converting into an office and after talking to various builders we can put proper foundations down, move shed/office, move greenhouse and put up new smaller shed, supply electrics, into all 3, insulate and put new double glazed windows and doors into Shed/office, lay proper pathing down, resite waterbutts for a little bit more that the cost of buying a purpose built office and siting it at the bottom of our garden.

Boxes, canes etc squeezed in, in every available space, even on the veg garden!

So in 2 weeks time, the work begins.

All tomatoes

We have no rear access at the bottom of the garden, in fact the only access we have for the whole garden is 'coal' access.

Cucumber and

Our access was sold just as we moved in (unbeknown to us) when the large part of the garden at the bottom was sold to the neighbour, (also unbeknown to us) they forgot to keep the access. So we have asked and very kindly been allowed to demolish fences, cross boundaries and gain access across 2 neighbours gardens. I have great neighbours, quirky, but great!!

Pepper plants will have to go

So we have been clearing all 'My' garden clutter, well you know what us gardeners are like, you never know when it will be needed. Although I do admit to not realising just how many plant pots I had!!

Recently acquired Ensete Hiniba, Black stemmed Alocasia Mac, Colocasia Gailigonensis and Pink China

These water butts have now been emptied and all rubbish either thrown or Recycled using 'FreeCycle' I highly recommend them.

Majority of the slabs will be reused. The door of the small shed can just be seen on the right and is going!

Believe it or not we have gone through every box, tub and pot in this shed and everything in here we are keeping and will be stored, if not electrical under a gazebo by the pond, for the duration of the build or until the newer shed is erected!

all the other usable bits have as I said before gone to Freecycle the rest is off to the tip!

This hedge is going

The patio the other side of the pond will be storage area.

So next weekend we shall move everything remaining into the house or onto the patio. The greenhouse will be emptied, the small shed will hopefully have been disassembled by the neighbour who wishes to have it.

The large shed emptied and un-shelved (is there such a word), I really must order the new replacement shed too!! All ready for work to commence on the 1st August 2011 our 24th Wedding Anniversary!!


  1. Ah I'm afraid me and MrNoo are hoarders too - and why is it that when you do decide to get rid - three weeks later you find the perfect re-cycling opportunity for what you just threw out (but don't tell MrLibby I said that!! LOL)

  2. Oh my goodness, you are definitely having a major re-organisation in the Woodlands household. Good Luck to you and Mr W. And I'm sure all the changes will be well worth it.
    I was a bit of a hoarder but when I moved house last year, I got rid of tons and tons of stuff, using FreeCycle and a couple of Yard Sales and a huge garbage bin in the driveway, it was so refreshing to get rid of all that stuff.
    Yes, you are right, twins are on the way and will be arriving very soon, I'll be posting pics so keep checking in! So exciting!
    Thank you for your kind words about my baby quilts.

  3. What a fantastic project. We have downsized twice - and now in a small bungalow. I had a studio shed built in my garden a few years ago - and it's brilliant. My son even put computer access thingie in it for me. The winter here was really bad with deep snow - so made working in my studio a bit of a non starter as I felt 'marooned'. So we shifted all my arty crafty stuff indoors and I took over the little ex bedroom. I intended to move it all back into the garden studio - but for now the builders are using it on and off - but not for long!

    It will be brilliant when it's all done and finished and in such a short time too. Nice to be able to get someone in to do all the hard work for you - well worth every penny. My youngest son bought me a set of walkie - talkies so that Mr Lottie and I could call each other - without a long walk - might be something you could do with seeing the length of your gorgeous garden

  4. Walkie Talkies, what an excellent idea, will definately bear that in mind thank you Lottie.

    I think we are certainly hoarders but Mr Libby is far worse than me, mine is knitting wools and patterns mainly Shammickite, I would hate to move and will probably have to be carried out in a box!!!

    Auntie Noo, that is exactly Mr L's excuse he says that happens to us all the time so we have to buy it all over again!!!!

  5. I like the sound of that project Libby, and looking forward to the progress and end result. Hopefully it will go smoothly :) At least once it's done you can carry on with the rest of your plans for the garden.

    Advance Happy Anniversary btw! :)


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