Shed nearly there…

Wet day here hasn’t kept the joiner away; he’s currently putting the cladding on the basic framework.  The antique doors are in place, and the fancy glazed doors from a china cupboard in our erstwhile house in East Lothian are now reused as windows.  We’re excited about the place – though is smaller than we originally thought.  All we need now to do is decide on what colours to paint it.  James insists on Farrow and Ball.  haha.

The joiner suggests putting in a wooden floor.  We might perhaps, but currently prefer to see the 18th century flagstones which, though damp, do have bags of character.  There’s even a drainage hole to the outside world in one corner, presumably to allow the pig’s pee out.  Odd it wasn’t used on the vegetables.  Perhaps the produce from the earth closet that once served all three cottages on our bit of land was enough…  As one of these is now the new kitchen garden, we ought to think erm…. green.

The doors have a past – they seem to have been re-used at least three times.  The old glass is old enough to have become hazy, and is quite possibly old horticultural glass.  Then the doors seem to have been interior doors; the door handles are fake ebony.  The hinge areas of the doors have been patches at several times too.  Now, we’ve wanted them opening outwards, so a new brass lock on a once lock-free door.  One of the glass panes we broke was itself not original glass – and so on and so on.

The joiner has helpfully left junk timber by the fireplace, so we can be warm whilst putting on woodprimer before supper!


About david stuart

garden writer and journalist, and occasionally a designer, with a garden in the Scottish borders, and his pal's gardens in Edinburgh, London, and Lincolnshire. They keep both of us very, very busy. Books I've written listed on my website, and dozens of articles and garden and plant pictures. Currently working on several new projects. One of these was to return to painting - see the blog - and which is proving exciting! or, more fun, have a look at
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