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The Shepherds Hut

November 2010

The Shepherds Hut

Its seems a long time since we had the iron framework made for the construction of the Shepherds Hut
Thwaites engineers at Morland tackled the job, with a few alterations to get it in proportion.
With a sprung base and articulated back wheels the frame looked enormous.
What a struggle to get it back to Crake Trees
After winter we managed to find a room indoors so that the body work could progress whatever the weather.
But progress was slow as other more pressing hobs got in the way
It was not until we had a booking that Mike had to change up a gear and enlist Malcolm’s help to get completed by August
The galvanised sheeting cladding went on fine, but the curved roof caused a lot of brute force, and the internal insulation and boarding a frustrating amount of waste.
The next hut will be altered slightly to allow more economic use of the timber
When the lovely oak floor went down, it all began to look rather smart.
We had much discussion over the size of the windows and the placing of the door.
Then, adding a verandah and getting it balanced and looking ‘right’ was the next hurdle.
I sometimes thought we had too many opinions , as the construction was certainly creating a lot of interest in the village , and of folks walking the footpath that goes down by the yard .
But , at last it was time for me to paint the boarding , scrub the windows and floor and try to get the Shepherds Hut pulled to just the right place , by the pond , with the best view , and level of course!

The Hut certainly looked the part, as you drive up the track it looks like its always been there.
Mike then had to build the Oak bed and the special slate stand for the tiny wood stove.
I had some simple blinds made , with an old handmade crochet rug , a bright shaggy rug and some wonderful locally forged candle holders ,all was warm and welcoming.

So… the first guests came to stay one balmy August evening and we were relieved to hear next morning , as they had breakfast in the house that the night had been a great success.


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