More uses for roof laths

So, another crafty idea for using the roof laths - we took them to the allotment and Chris made a net frame for the coming seedlings and the already blossoming strawberries. We hope it will cut down on the pillaging by our avian friends but will probably have little effect upon the predations of our smallest grandchild - yes, that's you, Daisy!
So, another crafty idea for using the roof laths – we took them to the allotment and Chris made a net frame for the coming seedlings and the already blossoming strawberries. We hope it will cut down on the pillaging by our avian friends but will probably have little effect upon the predations of our smallest grandchild – yes, that’s you, Daisy!
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In addition we have re-cycled Jim and Renee’s old garage cladding to act as shuttering on the allotment – now for a lick of paint and it will look great.
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Several hours later and after much measuring, cutting and sweating we have a new net frame on the allotment. The life of the old roof laths has been extended and with some wood preserver may last a couple of years – we’ll see! Thanks Chris for all the hard work x
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Meanwhile, back at Green Lane, we have another cunning plan for more of the roof laths (who knew there were so many). Part 1 select the lengths of laths you need.
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Part 2 cut them into lengths and start to assemble
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Part 3 – no, it is not part of a chair or bench.
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Part 4 having been carefully, measured, cut and assembled it is ready for a coat of wood stain. Mountain Blue by Ronseal – lovely and a beautiful contrast to the fence that I painted in Cuprinol Sea Mist. Please note the use of a plastic sheet to prevent unwanted stains and drips! Impressive, hey?
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Part 5 hang the plant shelves on the fence and place the ready planted tubs ready for summer abundance! Beautiful – job well done, Mr Shortle x
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“Darling I’ve had another idea!” Well, the sun was shining and Chris was still keen (ish) so I suggested that we use more (yes, more) of the recycled roof laths to make a small edging for the rear of the paved area in the garden. No sooner said than done.
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Of course I had a small amount of paint left from the fence painting so I just used it up on the newly constructed garden edging – I know Chris was really pleased that he had the use of the chop saw and the electric screwdriver. Now our ‘concrete garden area’ is starting to look a lot more inviting and the colours work really well together.
So, before we even moved in we had bought this brilliant Stompa bed for the grandchildren's planned visits (they had it all worked out!). Now the bunk bed is in place in the first room to be finished in the house.
So, before we even moved in we had bought this brilliant Stompa bed for the grandchildren’s planned visits (they had it all worked out!). Now the bunk bed is in place in the first room to be finished in the house.

Spring is sprung

Well, the sun is out here on the banks of the Humber, the birds are busy building their own homes just like us – they are probably a lot greener but we are doing our best. We have made a good start on renovating the top of the house – roof and new Velux fitted by the great team at Acorn Building and Roofing. The roof slates have been ‘re-cycled’ as part of the hard landscaping in our front garden and my Mum has been busy sending off for every free or relatively cheap offer on plants that she can – well done, Mother. We now have patio roses, tomato plants, several types of Blueberry plants and some fruit trees. I am thinking of making her an honorary allotment member (minus the digging, weeding, watering and cultivating!), as she has been so enthusiastic about our newly burgeoning gardening interests.

As you can see from the photo diary posts we have made a good start on the top of the house by completing the sewing room. This has already been battened, insulated and plaster-boarded by Chris then skimmed by Martin. As it is going to be a practical hobby room as well as an occasional guest room for our delightful grandchildren, it was vital to have sufficient sockets, so Chris re-wired and fitted five double sockets in convenient places and also fitted a wall light near the bunk-bed. Having finished painting and papering we were delighted to find that Barton Carpets and Vinyls in Falkland Way could supply and fit a new carpet within thirty six hours – what service. So by Wednesday 25th March we had our first room finished!

The grandchildren were all thrilled and are now waiting for the first sleepover – all very disappointed that we had social events that required us being away from home thus postponing the first overnighter at Gran and Grandad’s. I have added some of the ‘green’ initiatives that we have incorporated as part of this project, the re-cycling and re-purposing of items, the sale goods, the bartering and bargaining, the making and re-inventing of fabrics, the lucky finds in charity shops and the use of second-hand buying and selling sites like Pre-loved, Gumtree and e-Bay – check them all out regularly as they are a great source of useful and cheap buys.

One room completed – and in use!

A view of the finished sewing room/grandchildren's bedroom (for sleepovers). The curtains started life as two King size duvet covers from Dunelm at the bargain sale price of £7.00 which I cut down and made two single duvet covers for the bunk-beds and a pair of curtains lined with thermal lining - a great retro style!
A view of the finished sewing room/grandchildren’s bedroom (for sleepovers). The curtains started life as two King size duvet covers from Dunelm at the bargain sale price of £7.00 which I cut down and made two single duvet covers for the bunk-beds and a pair of curtains lined with thermal lining – a great retro style!
The girls are busy using my new sewing desk - that was not part of the deal girls! More bargains from the Cleethorpes B.ritish Heart Foundation furniture shop; the desk cost £30.00 and Chris has converted the drawers by using the slats from a defunct louvre door downstairs to create sections for my threads, scissors and pins. Brilliant. The Anglepoise model 90 in postbox red was a charity shop find in Bexhill for a fiver, it really sets the tone for this room.
The girls are busy using my new sewing desk – that was not part of the deal girls! More bargains from the Cleethorpes British Heart Foundation furniture shop; the desk cost £30.00 and Chris has converted the drawers by using the slats from a defunct louvre door downstairs to create sections for my threads, scissors and pins. Brilliant. The Anglepoise model 90 in postbox red was a charity shop find in Bexhill for a fiver, it really sets the tone for this room.
The original wardrobe space is ideal for the Stompa - a great Gumtree find at £85.00 and as eco-friendly as we could get it. We collected it from Wales (yup, I know, a long way from Barton - think of your carbon footprint, more like a bootprint) well, as we were on holiday in Wales the sellers kindly agreed to hold onto it until we were on holiday and we collected it then! The red Spencer chairs were also on offer at Dunelm (seriously starting to become my favourite go to store). The colored chairs were reduced by 50% but I was disappointed to see that the last few in Grimsby were badly marked so the store reduced them further and I got two for £8.75 - always ask for things, you may get lucky!
The original wardrobe space is ideal for the Stompa – a great Gumtree find at £85.00 and as eco-friendly as we could get it. We collected it from Wales (yup, I know, a long way from Barton – think of your carbon footprint, more like a bootprint) well, as we were on holiday in Wales the sellers kindly agreed to hold onto it until we were on holiday and we collected it then! The red Spencer chairs were also on offer at Dunelm (seriously starting to become my favourite go to store). The colored chairs were reduced by 50% but I was disappointed to see that the last few in Grimsby were badly marked so the store reduced them further and I got two for £8.75 – always ask for things, you may get lucky!
Oh well what can we say - the grandchildren love the bunkbeds - yay!!
Oh well what can we say – the grandchildren love the bunkbeds – yay!!

Onward and upward – mostly!

It was a perfectly useful wardrobe before we had plans for it ...
It was a perfectly useful wardrobe before we had plans for it … this is the start of what the grandchildren like to call the CBBC – the Children’s Bunk Bed Cupboard. Once the bunk-bed is in place then we will fix folding doors onto a frame so that the sewing room looks like a grown-up space but when the tiddlers are here for a sleepover then their accommodation will be revealed – needless to say they are thrilled!
One side of the wardrobe down! The plywood has already been earmarked for other projects - waste not want not!
One side of the wardrobe down! The plywood has already been earmarked for other projects – waste not want not! The plywood is now currently lining two of the downstairs external doors that have been insulated with spare Jablite.
The interior structures of the wardrobe seen here will make a modified interior for the fitted wardrobes in our bedroom.
The interior structures of the wardrobe seen here will make a modified interior for the fitted wardrobes in our bedroom. Notice both the I-pod player and the guitar – hmmm, Chris optimistically still thinks he has time for hobbies AND leisure!!