Progress of sorts


Finally some physical progress in the projects from the work shop. Seen here is our new composting bin made out of scavenged pallet wood. It is roughly put together but sturdy though and the lid and handles are yet to put on so it has a temporary one in place. Since losing the allotment last year we have been chucking the bio waste away but now there is a place to turn that oozing mass into something useful for the garden. Will report back on how its going and hopefully we will have something useable from it in the not too distant future.

Onwards now to the next wood project and more of that story later.


Whilst dodging the snow showers and rain and a rainbow that I nearly got to the end of.. if only.. just a little further.. shame I could get camera out before it disappeared but it was one of the most spectacular ones I have seen I collected the final load of pallet wood. Thankfully just before the skies opened and snow started whipping around. It’s amazing how lovely a nice warm car is in such conditions, just took some time for fingers to thaw out enough to drive again.

So what to do with all this wood well bench top to start off with after slicing accidentally through the current one with a circular saw. The I have had a commission for building a dolls house stand this wood won’t be good enough for that. However I am going to build a workshop stool for those pondering moments with cuppa tea and a pencil stuck behind my ear. Then maybe some trays like the ones you were forced to make at school and that ones family thought was the most amazingest thing in the world ever until an uncle (engineer) tapped in on the side of a table and it fell to bits. There is a life lesson. I just need to find an outlet for them so I can flog some to fill ‘the’ jar up. Might have to see if I can inflict them on family friends first.

Wading my way through 4HWW as have not found huge amounts of time to read and reading at night especially in bed is a guaranteed way of falling asleep for me but I am inching way through it. In fact I have a stack of books I need to read and having got started I am actually looking forward to reading more again.


and as a final note here is a seasonal look at somewhere I plan to cross one day either boating or walking.

and loved Julia Bradbury’s programs.

Pallet Pile

This morning was spent collecting a pile of 7 pallets from a freecycler near by and managed to get at least 80% of it out in “good” condition the rest will go on the fire and as we live out in the back of beyond and the utilities can get piped gas here we are fighting our way through the winter on solid fuels and timber I can scavenge, really could do with a small chainsaw. The wood will come in handy for finishing off my workshop bench and building some more storage shelves and the drawers for the bench. If I have any left over I am going to look at making some little boxes to sell on to raise a bit of cash towards the starting a new life fund! I have my eye on some more at a local building site so will have to make enquires to see if I can lift them. I also need to build a pallet pal to help dismantle the pallets quickly and easily so I don’t end up slashing myself to bits.

I did wonder about building a house out of pallet wood but then this would be probably a foolish idea given the the climate better move on to more suitable materials or even alternative modes wonder how many I can come up with.