Amateurs do it for love

I was struck by this observation I read recently on a model train forum: You get what you pay for. If a piece of software is worth nothing to the person who wrote it, what does that say about it? I can only assume the author has little experience of using or writing open source … Read more

Building a garden shed

Every garden needs a shed, and so in March 2008 I took a couple of weeks off work to build one. The obvious location is at the far end of the garden, in a corner shaded on both sides by neighbouring gardens’ sheds. There’s room for a reasonable size shed between the fence on one … Read more

The shed – part 4

At last, the shed is finished. I wasn’t sure if I should put it up on Friday or Saturday – I looked at several different weather forecasts, some said rain on Friday, some said rain on Saturday. Then Sarah got a short notice singing job on Saturday, so that decided it. We spent a very … Read more

The shed – part 3

At long last, I’m ready to start putting up the shed. First I laid a sloping path along the side of the shed, using 450mm square slabs, and a raised path along the back, using 440mm x 220mm concrete blocks. Then I laid 12 “pads” to support the shed, using half slabs, bricks or blocks … Read more

The shed – part 2

The weather over the last few days has been almost as bad as it could be for garden works. Cold, windy, rain and now snow. After digging out the very soft soil mentioned in my last post, I’ve reached a heavier more clayey layer. (But not yet down to the solid yellow clay I found … Read more

The shed – part 1

I’m taking some time off work to put up a garden shed. It arrived on Monday, but as I’m nowhere near ready to assemble it the panels are stacked up on my back lawn, with a tarpaulin to protect them from the inevitable rain. After a lot of deliberation, and several changes of mind, I’ve … Read more

Replacing a garden fence

My garden fence was in a pretty poor state when I bought the house, and has deteriorated further since then. In the winter of 2006 yet another post snapped in the wind and I decided it was time to do something about it. The original fence was of typical 1930s construction: concrete posts with timbers … Read more