Yes it's official, I am a very sad person, most women my age dream of lovely designer clothes, the perfect handbag, height heeled shoes that don't rub or pinch.... not me however, I dream of wood shelters!
I am not mad, there are valid reason why I should be so obsessed with having a wood shelter. Our little Stockton stove is a truly wonderful thing, it keeps our tiny cottage very toast (even with me and the cat sitting right in front of it socking up most of the warm) but keeping enough wood dried and ready to use has been a bit of a problem, you see we've been using the greenhouse to dry the logs and store them, however I am now in desperate need of the space in there plus we couldn't really get a huge stockpile as the space was limited.
This is why we decided to convert the old coal bunker that's is on the one side of our shed, the bunker has not really been used for anything since we brought the cottage and has just sat there looking ugly and useless, it leaked so much we didn't even bother to store garden tools in it. So on Monday my Dad came down from Shropshire to help Rich redesign it (ie knock the hell out of it till it surrendered) just the sort of activity you should force a man recovering from a bone marrow transplant to do!
So Monday afternoon Dad and Rich got to work, here they are having ripped the roof off and now contemplating whacking the wall with lump hammers...
I should point out that it was a little more complicated than just whacking the hell out of it, as we have no money the whole thing had to be re-made out of bits and pieces we had around the place, so the breeze blocks had to be reused.
Arr here's Dad displaying surgical precision as he hits it with a lump of case iron...
Once the front wall of the bunker was down it was a case of build the one end up as that had had a door in it.
Here they have managed to get a roof on it , incidentally the roof is made out of the door of a broom cupboard we ripped out of our kitchen 2 years ago, Rich and I never chuck anything in case it comes in handy!
So then it was just a case of getting some roofing felt on to keep it dry, and sawing up an old pallet to keep the logs of the floor and it was all finished, yay!
Isn't it beautiful!! ok maybe not beautiful but a lot better than the waste of space that was there before, and now it means we can really stockpile wood for next winter.
Hopefully the poor old shed will get a makeover this summer too, as this is the veiw from the front room window, but I'm happy to look at my lovely logs which I know will be keeping us warm for free!!
So a HUGE thank you to Rich and Dad who both worked very hard for 3 days to get this finished and for managing to not spend a penny on it (they even reused the nails and roof tacks, how eco friendly is that!)