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Monday, 28 May 2018

The Flying Shed

We moved my original little shed down to Sergio's allotment. The plan was to take it apart and transfer the parts to his plot but seeing as it was such a nice day, there were a few people on their plots who offered to lend a hand so we just lifted it up and walked.

Kindly filmed by Barbara.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

New Shed

It was an early start as Tamara and I sat on the bus heading to my allotment. It's been a beautiful day of sunshine. Sadly I forgot to put any cream on so I'm writing this while looking very much like a tomato which hasn't been picked after a few days of hot weather.

Today was the big project, the erecting of my first allotment shed on this site and as Tamara has had quite a bit of experience in building sheds over the years, she was keen to share a hand and very thankful I was too.

Tamara loves a good shed build

With the sun on our backs and plenty of water on standby, plus Tamara's very own homemade lemon cordial and very refreshing it was too, we set about the job in front of us.

The shed is from Waltons, well really it's a summerhouse. Their website describes it as:
"This Waltons Wooden Summerhouse boasts a bright, open plan space which is perfect for entertaining and relaxing. Made from high quality materials, this garden summerhouse will look great in any style of garden."

You can check out the full details at

There will always be a cuppa tea brewing at the new shed

We were very exhausted by the end of the day and I must thank fellow plot holder Sergio who also lent a hand putting the roof on. It's good to have a tall person on an allotment site. I still need to remove the protective green layer from the windows and fix the lock on but that can be done on another, more cooler day.

I love my new shed, ok summerhouse. As my allotment is quite far from home I will make good use of the space. A place to relax, cook, spend time with friends, watch the wildlife and plan the growing season in front of me. Maybe it's just me but I need to get my shed space sorted out first then I feel at home to face the coming months.

We ended the day with a beautiful Sunday lunch in the local pub and when I got home I had a very big cuppa tea.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Building Foundations

There is a Royal Wedding today so the allotment site is empty apart from myself, the birds and a fox sleeping under an old gooseberry bush on my plot.

In the past I've always stay indoors on hot days, not being able to cope with the heat but this year I seem to be doing ok; it reached 21*c.

Today it was all about foundations for the new shed. I'm recycling materials which I found on my plot, old slab stones and bricks. Using the foundations from the old shed I simply extended the area with new slabs. This task took all day.

During a break I checked on the recently planted birch trees and can see new leaves starting to grow. They were so dry when they arrived in the post I was concerned they wouldn't grow but they have and it will be a nice space to sit and enjoy the shade in a few years.

Packing up to leave at 7pm from an 11am start, I'm still not sure the base is level but the heat of the day had drained me. Before the shed is build I'll get the spirit level back out and check one more time.

Once the shed is in place that will give me a base where I can rest, relax, make a cuppa tea and a sandwich and quietly get on with the task of knocking this patch of land into shape.