Saturday, 17 March 2012

A history of sheds. Shed Number One.

Original shed

Machinery storage

Living quarters

When we started at the olive grove it was a blank canvas, and we obviously needed a shed.  So we had one constructed by a well known company - two thirds of the shed for machinery and general storage, one third for living quarters.  I guess it is a fairly basic shed. I think, 12 years ago, that it cost about $18000.  There is a big rain water tank attached, which cost extra. The shed is unlined, has a cement floor, big double sliding doors into the machinery section and a personal entry door into the living quarters.  The living quarters are pretty modest - a shower and toilet tucked into one corner (but it does have a hot water system!), a small sink and a pot belly stove.  It is furnished with left overs from old holiday houses, elderly parental homes, and even cast off office furniture. It has been where we have slept when we have needed to stay down at the grove.  Oh how it rattles and groans in the slightest wind. It is stinking hot in summer and very chilly in winter. It is constantly full of mice, no matter how many traps and baits are laid.  Giant swags of cobwebs swing from every surface, the ones on the ceiling too high to reach with any broom.  Strangely, I could sleep well there, and it was fun for a while to put together a meal with only a microwave and an electric frypan.  The pot belly gave almost no heat , but looked cheerful, and the old telly had surprisingly good reception, at least until the galahs took up acrobatics on the aerial. Since mid last year we have had a transportable house on the grove - oh the luxury! So now the living quarters are surplus to requirements.  The machinery section is chockers.  I would like to knock a hole through, somehow, to make the best use of the space, but cant work out how to do this.  Maybe just replace the personal door with a single sliding garage door?

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