Monday, 9 September 2013

Do You Ever Get the Urge?

Amidst Chaos You Can Find Calm Frugality

It's been raining for the past few days but it hasn't halted progress here in Frugaldom. We now have a larger pile of logs sitting at the back door awaiting sawing and chopping, but I keep getting the urge to do something a little bit different. So I did!
 
The bargain poly-tunnel was recently moved into it's permanent position and I'm going to leave it built up over winter, hoping it is sheltered enough to withstand any gales or snow storms we may encounter between now and next spring. There's nothing planted inside it at the moment, just three old fish crates with the surplus cucumber plants that didn't fit in the little greenhouse. So, I set up my wooden airer and have been drying off some laundry inside the tunnel. This not using mains electricity for laundry is becoming a fun habit, but I digress... back to the log pile!
 
At 3m long, these logs are screaming out to be turned into path edging going down through my slowly emerging permacultured garden. What better way to edge paths than with logs?
 
I don't know about you, but I love natural wood. This is cheap and cheerful wood, cut locally from sustainable, commercially managed forest. These are like the treetops after they are felled and the trunks cut to length and hauled off to the yards. The forestry commission here sells these logs for £22 per tonne. We went as far as weighing the logs and they weighed between 20kg and 25kg each. There were 44 logs in total, which got shared between neighbour and ourselves, plus we split the transport costs, so it totalled £20 for 22 logs - that's not even £1 for a 3m log!
 
The above is the first of the logs being laid alongside the length of path that was uncovered, from hereon in it's a case of digging, laying in some weed control (probably a recycled building merchant tote bag) and then getting some woodchips or gravel laid. Suffice to say, I can't wait to see the end result, even although I know it's going to take months. These are very rustic path edgings, but could also become raised bed surrounds and who knows all what else - I'm thinking bird hide at the bottom of the garden near the stream, as its a great place for photographing the wildlife.
 
Cutting this post short as it's just gone 9pm and I have just received a rather interesting looking delivery by courier. Exciting, or what?
 
NYK in Frugaldom.

Edited in - Huge excitement here, as the late night delivery is the 'Twister' washing machine that's up for grabs in our free competition draw for those taking part in our Septimus Frugalus Challenge! Better still, it has arrived with a few other Ventus freebies for me to try! Excellent!

8 comments:

  1. Love your rustic log edging. What a fabulous idea!

    I bet you can't wait to put your poly tunnel to its 'proper' use in th spring -it looks good.

    How fabulous that they sent you some goodies to try as well.
    Have a good week NYK.

    Take care
    Rw

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    1. Hi RW, we're building a second, smaller shed for housing tools and the bikes, hence the need for a better path, so this seemed like a good idea, especially as I'm try to follow the general premise of permaculture.

      The goodies are interesting - an anti-jolt dog lead, a walking stick with lights and radio built in, a wind-up torch that can also charge mobile phones and a gadget, as yet unknown but it looks interesting! :)

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  2. I love the rustic wooden edging - and drying the laundry in the polytunnel! Makes me want to rush out and get one too!

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    1. I love the edging and my super bargain polytunnel. (Post is here about it http://frugaldom.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/spending-on-plastic-of-more-frugal-type.html or else click the 'poly tunnel' link in the index list at bottom of page. It was reduced from £179.99 to £79.99 and included free delivery - still available!)

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  3. Those logs area brilliant buy and look really good edging the path.

    We always have a couple of logs in Chicken World, whether they are flat on the ground or leaning up again something the birds always like to use them as a long perch and it's comical to see them all lined up on one for a preening sessions after their afternoon corn snack.

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    1. Hoping to move our chickens further up the garden but, at the moment, they are among the trees at the bottom on the other side of the stream, where I want to build the bird hide. :) I'm still thinking along the lines of trying to hatch a couple of Sebastopol goose eggs, too, so I can think of loads of things that could be built from these logs. In fact, home renovation can seem a bit dull in comparison to log adventures! LOL

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  4. An anti jolt dog lead sounds interesting! I'm looking forward to seeing how you get on with that. ......you have got a dog haven't you? Lol

    Have a good day dear lady.
    Rw

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    1. LOL The short answer to that is no, I don't own a dog. However, there are about 12 of them owned by a handful of neighbours and my pal has a Rottweiler who comes to visit us, so aid rottie shall be the first experiment, I already have the bad back to accompany it, as does pal. LOL

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