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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.

Muppet Philosophy

A very wise friend of mine recently reminded me about Kermit’s musings on himself –  ‘It’s not easy being green’ – but it is a thought that applied equally to our ecological quest just as much as a Muppet’s colour. ‘It’s not easy being green’ resonated with us as we struggle through the information and choices that confront us about which ‘green’ products we need to invest in, especially what type of heating we would like to install in our new home. At the moment I am investigating log-burner central heating systems. We had considered a smaller bio-mass boiler (as we have a 35 KwH ETA boiler at Prospect and we are all very happy with it) but the logistics are just not workable; it would be impossible to site a pellet hopper within 15 metres of the kerb for bulk deliveries and bagged pellets are more expensive and have a greater carbon footprint. The decision is still under discussion and any information you might have about other alternative heating (or the woodkermit_8-burner option) gratefully received.