5 June 2011

'A Surprise' Catch up!


If any of you have been wondering where I have been this past week, I would tell you I've been super busy helping out with the SURPRISE!

Oh My was it hard work.

My legs felt like jelly by the end of last Sunday and I just couldn't close my eyes any quicker when I went to bed. By the end of the long weekend everything was up and ready but there were definitely a few hitches along the way.

Remember when I said -

'The only thing that can get in our way are the deliveries not turning up on time...or not at all.'


After clearing out and knocking down 2 of the 3 old sheds, we hit a wall. We had found a nest in the third shed, full of hatched Robin eggs. We had Robin chicks on our hands! Typically this shed was EXACTLY  where we wanted the new shed to go.

After long thought and discussion with Ian's family we had a great idea. We fixed lengths of wood to the shed and gently moved it like a sedan chair. The moment was tense as the shed wasn't too sturdy and of course the mother & father Robins panicked. After moving it successfully we left the area for a tea break and to allow the Robins to 'find' their babies again.

He just wouldn't keep still!!

On one hand we were happy to not disrupt the birds too much but on the other we now have this 'rustic' (putting it nicely) shed in the corner, waiting to be knocked down once they have fledged.

Anyway, after that it was a matter of levelling the ground, getting the shed up, tidying up, making a wood store and making everything look pretty. It took a lot of time but having a 'work party' with the family made it seem a whole lot better : )

Ian's parents arrived home late Thursday night but we managed to coax them outside to reveal our hard work....and as you can imagine they were OVER THE MOON!  It's so nice once  a surprise is out in the open finally.

Now I would show you the 'after' pictures but I want to wait until the other shed is gone...then I will show you : )

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Gemma xXx


  1. Wow! It looks like all your hard work paid off! Glad you didn't disrupt the robin family. :) Happy Weekend!

  2. That chick is too sweet! Cannot wait to see more pics!

  3. Your parents must have been so delighted!
    How nice that you took such care over the baby robins.

  4. This is lovely. I bet they were so happy with the new Ground Force Team : ) Well done you.


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