Sunday 9 November 2014

Decisions, decisions?!?!?!?!

Today was a much nicer day than yesterday for which I was really happy about as although I loved having a cosy lazy day yesterday I was a bit headachy by the end of it and relished the fact that I got to take a lovely long walk over the fields with Trojan and the neighbours with their dog Sonny.

A lovely autumn walk
Trojan, Sonny, Eva and Benjamin.

Then after dinner I went up the allotment and finally managed to get the shed on the bee plot completed, this has been a work in progress over the last couple of weeks just spending an hour here and there on it.

Slats put on the roof to further strengthen and support the felt, rafters put up inside for extra roof support, a good coat of creocote to preserve the wood and the windows sealed to hold the glass firmly in place.

old shed to new shed.
The shed is still a work in progress here.

As you can see from the photo above I have also laid some slabs at the front to have a solid surface to walk out onto. They aren't totally level but it adds to the ambience of the least that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!!

So you may wonder what all this has to do with decisions...well, as well as everything listed above I also got guttering put up both side of the shed, I'm not sure if you can tell from the photo but this shed is over 10ft long and at present I have one water butt set up at the back...but of course I have guttering on both side so should I get another water butt?? This is how it's set up at the minute.

Water butts, guttering and rain.
This water butt is going to fill up pretty fast!!

That really isn't the decision I need help with though, originally I was just going to have one but when I think about it now having another water butt is a no brainer as I will be able to collect a lot of water from this shed and will fill two in no time at all....the decision I need help with is should I buy another one or should I take one from my much smaller shed on my other plot??

This does however have water in that has been collected already. Should I just get another?? I don't think you can ever collect too much water!!

So what do you think?? I am probably going more with get another but would love other peoples opinions too!! is a photo of the shed finished...looks a little different to when we first put it up here

The shed finished.
The finished shed in all it's glory!!

And here is the now lovely tidy interior...

Tidy, well organised shed.
Tidy, well organised shed.
I got this all sorted today and also found some inhabitants...a family of mice which to be honest I don't particularly want in here but it isn't always easy to get rid of them. They were lovely little things, a family of 5 and had very glossy coats but I am sure that is probably from the beeswax they have consumed so I have put all wax in a sealed box and mouse proofed the drawers...fingers crossed this works but only time will tell. Pity I didn't get any photos of them but I was too busy trying to 'shoo' them out so never thought to grab the doubt I will come across them again though as I have noticed a couple of places where they can get access so this will need to be sorted out soon.

And just to finish off here is another feature that was added to the bee plot a while ago,

wind chime frame.
wind chime frame.

This wind chime frame is centrally placed just behind the pond. It makes lovely melodical sounds on a breezy day!!.


  1. I would say that if you can use another water butt and you have the funds to purchase it go for it.
    Love the wind chimes. I've always liked the sound of them. Are they there just for your enjoyment or is there something about their sound that aids the bees in some way?

    1. Thats a really good question Ann and one of which reason I have no idea what the answer is...I guess i know what I'm looking up tonight!!

  2. Dear Tanya, It is nice that you had a wonderful day and got to take a nice walk I bet the countryside is beautiful. The pictures look lovely.
    The wind chimes are nice and they really do make such pleasant sounds. I love to listen to the chimes in my yard.
    As helping you with what to do; I don't really think I know enough about any of this to make a wise decision that would be helpful to you.
    I am sure you will put thought and know what is best for you.
    I am so glad to be visiting with you again and that you are back.
    Blessings, Catherine

    1. I am really glad to be back catherine and also very glad that you haven't abondoned me in my absence!!

      I really am going to try and be more organised now...I get so much more done that way and it suits me so I really need to get back to scheduling things!!

  3. I'd wait and see how much water you collect before deciding what to buy.

    I also hope that your neighbours like wind chimes. :)

    1. Sometimes you just need that extra person to give you the perfect answer...Thanks Sue.

      As for my plot neighbours....ones a rather nice guy...the other is rarely there, however I am sure the will both love the melody of the will help drown out the buzz of the


keep it clean...keep it relevant...I look forward to reading your comments!!