Thursday, 11 June 2015

All I need now is a beach

Hello and Good Evening. It's been hot hot hot today, I had to keep coming indoors to cool off. The floor is down in the summer house at last. I was a few slabs short but have managed to bodge it together with some wood. The first time I tried laying it I started from the back and worked forward, that didn't work, so I got everything out and started again by putting the best slabs nearest the entrance and working towards the back. The ground is not level so I used wood underneath some of the slabs to raise them a bit. Sorry this pic isn't very good, a bit confusing with all the shadows. 
Some pieces of wood to fill in the gap.

I made a step for the entrance with two thick slabs of wood.

I wanted some green paint for the patio doors but don't have any, so I mixed some blue and yellow. I must have got the ratio wrong because it came out light blue. Not to worry, slap it on anyway. There is no colour scheme with this project, it's whatever I have to hand. So in the corner there is a blue patio door. 
And in the other corner is another blue patio door. These are the only two doors the same colour, all the others are different. There isn't a good spot to take photo's inside, too close to get it all in.

I had made too much of the blue so I used it up in other places. A bit up there, and some round the side, and the rest on the back wall of the garage. It looks like a real beach chalet now. It's almost finished, but I have some more ideas, so it will be an ongoing project. I'll keep you posted as things evolve.

I emailed the Council about the possibility of setting up a facility where rubbish could be sorted and reusable items could be given a second life. They said they don't have the room, and sent me a copy of their recycling leaflet which gives ideas of where people could donate their unwanted items. Basically they passed the buck.

Thanks for dropping in. Catch up with you soon. Toodle pip

14 comments:

  1. That is the neatest little room. Now you can work on things out of the rain and put your seedlings in like a small green house. Love it.

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  2. http://www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au/services/waste-and-recycling/rediscovery-centre I agree - this is what we need in the UK! My sister lives in AS and gets a lot of useful things from their 'tip shop' - and also gives stuff for reuse and recycling. Even nuts and bolts, half tins of paint...I'd love to visit one day.

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    1. Thank you for that link. I will pass it on to our council.

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  3. Laura Blackpool12 June 2015 at 09:28

    thats a terrible shame about your councils narrow mindedness over the recycling. how very sad. your summerhouse looks fabulous i love it especially the bright colours.

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    1. Yes, they just listed other agencies involved in recycling, and suggested alternative ways to dispose of usable items, like freecycle, car boot sales, and charity shops. That's all well and good but people can't be bothered and would rather skip it. It should be sorted as it arrives at the dump. I need to reply to their email, but I feel it will fall on deaf ears.

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  4. It is very acceptable for people here to rummage at the dump for re-usables. But you have to be quick, nothing useful stays there for long... also its a bit unhygienic since it is not uncommon to move a cardboard box only to find a dead and decomposing animal (sheep, dog, cat usually) underneath. I love your beach hut and I applaud the way you are constructing it. You should have a very useful space when it is finished.

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  5. The little garden house is like a fairy tale...a sweet hideaway!

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  6. Your summer house looks fab! What are the floor slabs made of? They look like slate. Where on earth did you find them? Love all the colors of the doors.

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    1. Hi. They are made of concrete, the sort you can buy at a garden centre. They were in my garden when I moved in. The previous owners had them as a path under the washing line, to save walking on grass when pegging the washing out. I took them up because I didn't like them, and they have been used on different projects around the garden ever since.

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  7. I'm very impressed. It must have been hard graft but you got there. Looks good, I would be using it as a green house too. Debbie

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  8. I read your blog every day and have been greatly impressed with the construction of your summer house - when you needed another door you always found one (or 2 or 3) - you managed to find a great roof and all those colours make me smile. Well done on laying that stone floor which I know wouldn't have been an easy job to get everything as even and level as possible. I hope you manage to find time to sit in it as I'm sure you'll be off, onto another project, making something else. Well done Ilona!!

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  9. Hi.Recycling has been here for years.There are too many regulations in place about what they will take and how it is put out for collection etc.Still it isbettter than nothing at all,but surely could use a thorough re-vamp on policy and method of disposal etc.It's frustrating that the cogs of civil machinery here are slow to run, and those responsible lack vision and creativity and seem to accept it as is and don't question it.They don't seem to be very interested in expansion for less waste here either.On a less vexing note,I just wanted to say your summerhouse floor looks great and the summerhouse is very pretty and cozy.Wonderful job,Ilona,and as always, inspiring.Bye for now,D.

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  10. The summerhouse is great! A lo t of the trash facilities here have "shops" where you can pick up great things cheaply or even for free. Shame no one is interested....

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