Wool, Wiltshire and All Manner of Wonderful Things!

The less forlorn patch

I was reminded the other day that I hadn’t written about the fettling of the forlorn patch for a while. Last time I wrote the garden looked like a building site and the summer house had sustained an injury to the door- the glass had broken and a hinge was off.

I advertised for people to come and fix it on various well known websites to get a quote from good people. Four people responded. Number one, wouldn’t answer his phone or call back, Number two failed to turn up to quote, number three gave three quotes at high prices, number four gave a sensible quote but failed to come and do the job. HUMPH.

Then one day whilst enjoying a nice cup of tea I hear a strange noise in the hall.

that really is Mr E rolling out lead strips removed from the broken glass with a bottle of elderflower or some such beverage. It didn’t work!

But he did fix the hinge on the door- an engineers approach rather than a carpenters approach was required- but credit where it’s due- the door opens and closes.

see hinge bottom right- an engineers fix

Next step

actually sheer genius!

Perspex sheet with gaffer tape cut into strips to mimic lead.

Summer house nice and dry again.

Meantime two deep beds have been installed.

veg beds

The seeds Miss F and I planted have flourished.

not bad for a 25p packet of seeds

A month since I took this picture and they are still flowering. We don’t have a greenhouse yet, and the hillock on the old rockery is still there- both will wait till the Spring now I guess. But I have planted some bulbs and wallflowers and

a little splash of colour.

Things are a little less forlorn out there !

Comments on: "The less forlorn patch" (34)

  1. There really is a huge skill set that went missing a generation or so ago isn’t there! So hard to find those who want to work with their hands, and brain! As for the general manners in not responding or turning up. We’ve had apprentices like that, don’t turn up again once they realise they have to get their hands dirty. I fear for our industry. (Sorry, mini rant there, we’re engineers too and the future skills are looking bleak sometimes!)
    Well done Mr E! 😊

    • Couldn’t agree more- I once interviewed someone for a job who didn’t want to start at 9am because she wouuld have to spend half an hour in traffic- at the time I was coming to work from 25 miles away. It’s a shame that we have such a skills shortage here, maybe people will be keener to learn now.

  2. That’s a clever fix for the door!

  3. Some ingenious fixes there! Yay for Mr E! It is definitely looking nice 🙂

  4. Good on Mr E! X

    • In the end we had nothing to loose by his having a go, and I have infinte faith in him, whch actually annoys him as he can’t surprise me anymore with his fixes

  5. I love the lateral thinking of the gaffer tape for lead strips. Very ingenious. It looks great. Also you would have saved so much money. Well done.

  6. Hoorah for Mr. E.! It looks wonderful after repair. (oh and how strange no ones wanted to be hired to do the repair). Congratulations on the garden progress!

  7. That was a great solution, and now the summerhouse is ready to weather the winter storms. You are looking ready for some spring fun, a big improvement from what you started with. Winter is a great time to plan the greenhouse, and maybe shop for a builder.

    • Thanks- the greenhouse issue is that Mr E likes second hand ones which he can dismantle and re-erect- don’t ask me why, but there we are. At the moment it’s windy and the leaves from the nearby wood are everywhere!

  8. What a good job Mr E did! I look forward to how your garden project develops next year x

    • What I really really want to do is to entice some wildlife in- magpies and pigeons aren’t my favourite birds.

      • I’m sure you already know but here’s a few suggestions. Bird feeders with different kinds of seeds to attract different typed of birds is a good start. Make a log pile for beetles and insects. Bird houses and insect homes. If you have a fence linking to a neighbour cut a small hole in it for hedgehogs to travel through. Lots of flowering plants for bees and butterflies. A pond also attracts wildlife. I am sure you will get your garden nature ready next year xx

  9. Very clever solution, Mr. E!

  10. NatterBlog said:

    I love your summerhouse, it looks lovely. Tradesmen! I don’t know how they even have the audacity to call themselves that. My husband won’t get anyone in to do anything because they’re on the whole unreliable and pretty useless.. He spent around 2 months in the summer redoing the steps up to our house. No easy task, he mixed all the cement by hand and laid over 250 bricks, dodging either between rain showers or working in temperatures of 30 degrees with the sun beating down on him. But he got there in the end. Not bad for a 70 year old who isn’t even a brickie. There are 16 steps in total and probably would have cost a small fortune to get someone to do it and it wouldn’t have been as good.

    • My goodness me, he did well- it’s ridiculous having to DIY because you can’t get a trades person – I really thought that this year it would be easy to get someone, given that people had been stuck at home.

  11. claire93 said:

    well done to Mr E for his ingenious repair job. And yes, it’s the same in France: when you’ve got a little job that needs doing, no-one wants to come and do it . . . and yet we keep on hearing about unemployment?

  12. Hmm. I thought that sort of shenanigans by tradesmen only happened in France. I’ve obviously been away too long and my memory has been affected. Not long before I’ll be disabused of the notion for real.

  13. Thank you for the fettling update, and kudos to Mister E for a door hinge. 👏
    Most genius is the plexi window! Won’t be worrying about that one breaking, and a solution if anything happens to the others. Hurray! 👍🏼 👍🏼
    Veggie beds ready for Spring, bulbs planted, flowers still some blooming — quite an excellent fettling. Well done all of you! xxx

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