We are putting my nephews to good use while they are here. They’re working through a list of jobs with Ed that I’ve been compiling for some time. There’s always a list.
Today it’s clearing out the tumble-down sheds behind the walled garden. They’re full of junk; cages, bins, broken furniture, bits of old wood and metal.
The long term plan is to use them as potting sheds and garden storage but before we get that far, the back wall will need some attention – particularly above the corrugated roof (see the dark holes in the photos). Like a lot of work here we just have to keep our fingers crossed that the hole/leak/crack doesn’t get too much worse before we get round to fixing it / can afford to do it…
The sheds are already quite beautiful – but in time we intend to add salvaged windows, doors and make-shift skylights; a collection of different pieces that we’ll pick up whenever we can from local salvage yards.
For now though the boys are helping us to move things on and because they’re involved I can see that their connection to the place gets stronger with each visit. They are becoming part of the shape of things here. Slow progress I’m discovering has its own kind of rewards.