Demiversary – 6 months progress report no.1

The start of looking after 'Trevor's' allotment - it has given us lots of pleasure and a few heartaches ...
Just after we moved in (February 13th 2015) we were offered a half allotment – this is the start of looking after ‘Trevor’s’ allotment – it has given us lots of pleasure and a few heartaches …
 nice view from the safety of the ground floor. The hole has certainly shed some light into this previously dingy backroom.
The hole where the stairs will go – at the time we were not sure how it would go but we are thrilled with the outcome.
Access completed and electrics re-routed. Go Team Chris!!
Access completed and electrics re-routed. Go Team Chris!!
No need to stair - we're on our way. Soon there will be no lying down on the job.
No need to stair – we’re on our way. Soon there will be no lying down on the job.
Stairs delivered and ready to assemble - unfortunately due to a variety of things we did not get around to assembling the stairs until August but they are now in and being used - yippee!
Stairs delivered and ready to assemble – unfortunately due to a variety of things we did not get around to assembling the stairs until August but they are now in and being used – yippee!
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The structure made out of recycled roof laths.
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Inside shelving came from a huge storage cupboard we demolished in the next room. Waste not want not.
From roof laths as the skeleton structure with recycled shelves from a cupboard to the final finish of bath panel doors - job done. Lots of cupboard love for my husband x
Finished off with bath panels from Victorian Plumbing – cheaper and lighter than wardrobe doors or MDF.
Chimney stack that needs removing as it is only sitting on our floor joists - hey ho!
Chimney stack that needs removing as it is only sitting on our floor joists and it is also in the way of the new access for the stairs.
So, now some serious remodelling. Defunct chimney stacks demolished, bricks saved for another project and all safely supported and finished.
So, now some serious remodelling. Defunct chimney stacks demolished, bricks saved for another project and all safely supported and finished.

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Well the stairs have to go somewhere and this is the somewhere. We had already checked this out with North Lincolnshire Planning Department and paid for the additional changes to our plans. Another plank in our strategy.
Well the stairs have to go somewhere and this is the somewhere. We had already checked this out with North Lincolnshire Planning Department and paid for the additional changes to our plans. Another plank in our strategy.
Despite rabbits, moles, slugs and butterflies, we reaped lots of lovely fruits and vegetables.
Despite rabbits, moles, slugs and butterflies, we reaped lots of lovely fruits and vegetables. So our allotment showed real dividends – we made jam, chutneys, vinegars and lots of friends. Brilliant.
We had originally planned to put the single storey extension across the back of the house but it is now part of our burgeoning and evolving garden.
We had originally planned to put the single storey extension across the back of the house but it is now part of our burgeoning and evolving garden.
Potato planter up and running as well as blueberries, ginger and rhubarb. Even the tile adhesive tub didn't escape her cunning plans.
Potato planter up and running as well as blueberries, ginger and rhubarb. Even the tile adhesive tub didn’t escape her cunning plans.
New composter and potato planter made out of recycled materials by my resourceful husband and a very useful additions to the garden.
New composter and potato planter made out of recycled materials by my resourceful husband and a very useful additions to the garden.
Not quite Chelsea Flower Show but a good attempt. As you all know, the RHS has started a campaign to green our front gardens so we are doing our bit - we already inherited a concreted front garden but with the recycled slate from the roof, new paint on the railings and an up-cycled previously unwanted garden chair I think we are making a promising start. Plenty of drive by appeal here.
Not quite Chelsea Flower Show but a good attempt. As you all know, the RHS has started a campaign to green our front gardens so we are doing our bit – we already inherited a concreted front garden but with the recycled slate from the roof, new paint on the railings and an up-cycled previously unwanted garden chair I think we are making a promising start. Plenty of drive by appeal here. Just about to re-plant the hanging baskets and put in some lavender borders ready for autumn.
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The garden is a haven for wildlife and for us too – a private space full of loveliness.
More recycled and revamped articles adding to the garden ethos.
More recycled and revamped articles adding to the garden ethos.
Looking optimistic but not fulsome - yet, 'from little acorns' ...
Looking optimistic but not fulsome – yet, ‘from little acorns’ …
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Lavender edging a very lucky find at Lidl and some cheap but effective black gloss planters create a smart border.
Green Lane - a green oasis.
Green Lane – a green oasis. Of course another pallet creation made by my ever obliging husband.

2 thoughts on “Demiversary – 6 months progress report no.1”

  1. I now feel re-energised with this kind (and continued) support, Maz, I’ll get on with the second part of the demiversary and should post a new update about what has happened in the past two weeks!

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