Posted: 01/04/2014 at 03:46
BB, you are just like me! However, having suffered, and still do, from SAD very badly, I always thought of my garden as a 'treat' to be done after the household chores, and so then suffered from 'garden withdrawal syndrome' too. So I was then too disinterested to sort the house, so I never got into the garden enough, blah blah and round in circles! But my landlady (a very good friend first) pointed out to me that as I mostly grow fruit and veg,organically, I am feeding my boys, helping the environment, saving food miles and helping my carbon footprint, and so my garden is actually work. So if my house (hers, really) is untidy 'cos I have young kids, but clean under the mess, do the housework when the weather is bad, and the garden work when there is any chance to get out. I loved the thinking, felt less guilty, but the weather was awful. Then another friend's Dad was getting rid of his GH a nd she said, 'Dad, don't just knock it down, Ruth will have that!'. So, bless him, I hardly know him, he took it doen so carefully. Only brokr 3 panes, and it was at least 30 yrs old. I had twin wall poly that I had been given and was going to make a CF with, so that was sorted, I didn't even need to cut the sides, so that went on the coldest end, away from the door. Many of the bolts sheared as they were aluminium and had seized. So he wnt and bought new bolts for every eventuality, and all new glazing clips. And delivered it right to it's site! and would not even let me give him yhe money for what he had spent. he was so pleased to not have to wreck it. And best of all, it is 8x6, and I happened to have 2 full sleepers and two halves. so, when I laid the sleepers ( with a little digging), the lengths with the small ones butting up to the longer ones, made a perfect base. (so I Haven't got the steps I wanted, but hey, a perfect base!) It amazing the weight a woman alone can move if she has a purpose. I dragged them 50 yds or more, up the big teraace that they were meant to step, which is 2' or more, all by myself. The only help I had was my eldest son holding the frame up while I fixed it together, them helping to lift it onto the base, and holding it while I screwed it down.
My neighbour gave advice over the fence, that I should seal every gap with putty, as he lost lots of glass his first yr (30 yrs ago!), due not to the wind hitting it, but from it getting inside and looking to escape so causing vibration. So I had the benefit of someone else's hindsight, and better technology in the way of clear, anti-mould silicone. Which not only sealed the gaps, but glued the glass to the frame and the glass to the glass! And reduced the effects of vibration by acting as a cushion.
Now I know how bad the floods were down south, and I always knew how windy it is here. But it is amazing how attuned you can get attuned to every nuance of wind, once you have slaved over a structure that can fit in the 3 20 yrs of wanting, and broken promises Afterlittle piggy story. Once the frame went up a was secure and level (How lucky was I, for once in my life, it sat perfectly level on an uneven surface, and went right!), then it got windy when I wanted to put in the glass. That was the hard bit, and as the glass was old and brittle, I cracked a couple of corners until I got the hang of the clips. Then the silicone goes 'off' so quick. But it was up and sparkly clean. It looked so nice, that at first was loathe to spoil it by actually growing any plants in it! I just sat in it for days, listening to the wind and rain that could not get in After 20 yrs of wanting, and broken promises, I did it myyyyyy, wayyyyy! for the first 3 wks, we had awful weather. such wind. I was waking in the night and running across the lawn in my wellies and nighty with a torc