It’s amazing what one man can do with pallets and some time on his hands…Earlier in the year Ian set to creating a chicken coop made entirely out of pallet wood, this was in part to keep me quiet as I’d been making ‘I want chickens and fresh eggs’ noises and partly because he had accumulated vast numbers of pallets on his supermarket rounds. He started off looking for them for kindling but soon realised that they were far too good just to burn – that and the fact we had enough kindling to last for the next few years. We just couldn’t get over the sheer waste of wood as most of the pallets he’d rescued were destined to be burned in the supermarket’s delivery yards. Of course some were not good for much else but most were very strong and yealded plenty of wood after de-nailing. So now we have a delightfully different chicken coop sitting at the top of our land by the apple trees, hopefully to be occupied by charming chicks in spring.
Ian then turned his hand to creating a Wendy house for our younger guests, of course this is no ordinary play house – that would be too boring and simple, so it’s in the shape of a Sussex barn – what else? It has to be seen to be believed, complete with dormer windows, shingle roof and double doors front and back and all made out of pallets. It’s not quite finished yet but I’m sure it will be long before our next seasons’ guests arrive. I think the next project is going to be a gazebo so watch this space….