Tuesday, 29 April 2014

OUR FRIEND ON THE ALLOTMENTS

Last evening was so lovely, we decided to go and see a friend who lives on the allotments that we used to work on.  Well, I say he lives there because he almost does, he does have lodgings but chooses to stay in his shed for most of the year.
I liken him to the old days when gardeners etc lived in little sheds with everything they needed inside.
 

 
I'm really sorry about the quality of this picky but I can only think it was the sun shining into the shed.  Here is Tom sitting on one of the seats inside having a good chinwag.
 
 
Here is A walking down his path, he's been on the allotments for we think about 35 years.
 


Notice the rag cushions, he makes these during the winter
 


 
Small log burning stove to keep him warm.

 
This is the cooking end, just a couple of burners and an old black kettle.
But he makes such a good cup of tea.
 

 
The outside of the shed.  He has a small solar panel that renews his camera batteries and gives him a small light at night.
 

 
Puss, his constant partner for 16 years.  He just loves his free life on the allotments and has never been de-flead or wormed in his life, don't ask me how but he's in such a good condition.
 

 
This white lump is a pizza Kiln he built, he's extremely clever with his hands.
 
 
Mounds of wood, mostly from pallets turn into all sorts of wonderful structures.
 
 
Here's a trellis in the making.
 
 
I'm hoping that you can make out the fox behind the trellis.  He feeds a couple of foxes each morning and night.
Visiting A makes you realise that you don't really need all the trappings of this materialistic world to be contented and we went home refreshed.


19 comments:

  1. That really is living with the earth and for the earth,not taking much,and giving back.
    Jane x

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  2. Fantastic, a real home from home. He is obviously a very contented person happy with what he has.

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  3. What a wonderful post!
    I love the little blue shed with the tiny wood stove inside.
    I can't believe how much stuff is growing in the allotment already. That is a beautiful black cat! He sure doesn't look 16 years old. And feeding the foxes too.
    No wonder you enjoy visiting with this man.

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  4. What a wonderful story, he really must be such an interesting person to chat with.

    Helenxx

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  5. What a wonderful story, he really must be such an interesting person to chat with.

    Helenxx

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  6. I like the photo of the little house, it has a romantic, fairy tale look... he has all he needs and it makes him happy, and i bet he is happier than a lot of people that have everything they think they need...food and water, a roof and friends to talk to...would love to visit and have a chinwag with him. my first time hearing chinwag and my new word..

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  7. What a fantastic place to live, he must be very happy with his lot.

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  8. O.K. this tiny blue building, is this where the inside shots are? Of the wicker couch and the rag cushions? His lifestyle is by choice, I would love to talk to him. I admire him, I think most people would hate this and never want to do it, but he lives a simple and wonderful life, also loving all creatures.

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  9. How wonderful to be able to live such a simple life. he must be a very contented and peaceful man.

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  10. What a lovely life, I love his shed, it looks so cosy and with a cat for company what more could he want.

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  11. I had to read your post to my husband. It is refreshing to read of someone who seems content with his life and doesn't appear to need lots of stuff. Wonderful.(Must start decluttering)

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  12. This gentleman seems to live very contently with the earth and is probably healthier than most of us with less stress.
    I like that he can make what he needs to keep warm and some light from solar power.
    Thanks for sharing the story.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  13. Well he's certainly equipped that shed with all the necessities. He's got many talents too doesn't he?

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  14. A real story of self sufficiency - what an amazing man your friend is. A fresh air life with a cat and foxes, and his wonderful blue shed. Life must be good!

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  15. We do all have too much. There is no doubt about that. I already like this man very much with his kind heart for animals. Deb

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  16. what a simple life he has and is so content, we can all learn from this green finger man and his life style

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  17. It looks as though he has just about got life sussed.

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  18. my Dad would have been charmed by this. He was forever saying "I could live in a shed, me".
    It is another little world down there on the allotments, how lovely.

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