Which first? Logs? Righto...
We have been caught out in the last year as regards log stores - we have FAR more logs than we can store under cover. Last winter I quickly chucked together some lean-to affairs next to the water trough - admittedly rather large for its only drinker (Monty) but perfect for when Kiwi comes to visit and decides to swim in it (yes really...) These stores were intended as a temporary solution, using some timber that I had salvaged from my parent's old pergola and a bit of Wriggly Tin for a roof. They looked pretty ropey but they served a purpose...
SWMBO (she who must be obeyed...) decided they looked a bit too functional, so something had to be done. I had a load of roofing slates to use up - I'd bought a huge batch when I re-roofed the workshop - and bought an extra pack of weather board when I'd stocked up for making the hen house. Here is the end result - much better, I'm sure you'll agree!
There is a slight bend across the length of the roof as I used some reclaimed battens which were a bit undersize - next time, I'll add another rafter in the centre of the store.
The next bit of news is the new look for the Blog - do you like it? Anything you'd like to change? I'm also trying to integrate Facebook into the blog - have a look at My Facebook Page or click on the link on the right. There's not much to see yet, but that will only change over time.
Lastly, I braved the season's first Blackberry this afternoon!
There's not much more disappointing than a tarte Blackberry - so it's always a delicate balancing act between delaying the consumption to avoid bitter fruits and actually eating the things! I'm very pleased that I nailed it this year... We deliberately let our hedges grow this year - we have the prospect of blackberry jam from fruit grown on our own land to look forward to - another first!