The shed took a little longer to reach here then it might have, as it was sent right through to Dunedin to a depot, then it had to wait for our local carrier to bring it out with a truck that has a crane on it, and they don't run that one out from town every day of the week. The delay was not a problem, as clearing trees and organizing a fairly level site took time to do, and so we were only just ready for the shed when it did arrive.
I spent a few hours carrying the timber for the shed, from the place where it was delivered to the site where I am building it. I think that the total weight is well in excess of 900 kilogrammes, so I carried nearly a ton of shed that day!
The shed is a kitset one, and I bought it from Sheds NZ who are located just outside Christchurch. Times are very difficult for a lot of Christchurch people after the earthquake and it is good to be able to order something from a Christchurch business. All the timber for the shed is colour coded and pre cut, so I will just have to join things together and hammer in nails. The building instructions were packed somewhere near the middle of the bundle of parts, so it was some time before I knew what the green, orange, blue, and purple dots at the end of the sticks of timber stood for, but the instructions look easy to follow and are encouraging!
I have been digging holes and putting in posts for the foundations. Really a shed like I am building would be happy enough built on skids, but I would like some air under the shed to keep it dry, and the land has a slope. It has been hard physical work, as we are on really heavy clay soil, but it has been satisfying to find that I can get these things done. I have two more holes to dig, and four more posts to put in, then the actual building should start to take place more rapidly.
Autumn is here now, there is a hint of frost some nights, and poplars are starting to turn golden. As the season of growth and warmth closes, there is fruit to pick from the apple tree and from the quince tree also. Our pears are very small this year as a result of too much overcrowding and shading from other trees, but I hope to make life better for them over the next few weeks by taking out more trees, and letting in some light.
Ginger says "Hello" to all his fans...., I think he should write the next post, his literary efforts are more entertaining than mine!