Sunday, June 5, 2016

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Trash




The clean up of The Poor Farm continues...and continues...and continues. We knew when we bought the place nearly three years ago it came "as is." People, for a very long time, had treated this place like the town dump. It may have been the owners, the renters or just drive-bys after the place was reposessed, it no longer matters.  Now, its all ours to deal with.

Last summer we hired some young folk to haul off TWENTY pickup loads of debri. We did not pay them, they instead took the loot that was recyclable , cashed it in and kept half of the loot. A good deal for everyone. Over these last few months, we have continued our discovery work and moved all metal findings to a group pile, which does not look too bad from a distance, somewhat reminiscent of a metal teepee. But with close inspection, the historic teepee dissolves into the metallic mish-mash we've harvested from our seven acres.

When I say "we" it has been primarily Keith since (this is where she pulls out the school card again)  I was in college full time. Now, I am not. Thus, I've had the pleasure of adding to our collection. Sometime in the near future we'll again visit the recycling center. That's if I can keep myself from pulling some items back OFF the pile and giving them new life.



For instance this metal door. Window? I love it's stucture, its heft, but I have no clue what to do with it. All I can think of is a guillotine for five. Of course there would be the expense of blades. How medieval of me.



Then there is this thick, twisted, metal cable. I imagine using it for door trim, or a clothes line for my oriental rugs, if I had oriental rugs.



How about this three section sink? A planter perhaps? Snack bowls for company? It's over three feet long, a mighty grand place for chips and gallons of dip.



The ideas, as well as the steam punk junk, goes on and on.

19 comments:

  1. Hahaha - you're just like me

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  2. The window/door and sink might be great in a future greenhouse. We keep finding broken bottles, single children´s shoes and old AA batteries.

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    1. Ah yes, shoes. We keep finding single large men's soles. I mean the shoes are single, I have no idea what the relationship status of the man who lost his shoe was.

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  3. Ooh the three section sink is most definitely planter material, as long as you can get drainage holes in it. The thick metal cable could be attached to a fence and used to tie the strings to for climbing fruits and vegetables, it would look fantastic.

    And as for the metal door ...... I'm stumped, I need more thinking time for that one ;-)

    I hope the corrugated panels will all be put to good use too, I love the stuff!

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    1. Sue, you are brilliant. I hope you are also strong cause it will take both of us (and a forklift) to hoist up that cable.

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    2. Haha .... I hadn't thought of the weight of it .... no wonder my Hubby looks at me as though I'm mad when I try to get him to follow through on some of my ideas ;-)

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  4. Those corrugated panels make great raised beds! (Can you tell I have a hard time getting rid of stuff?)

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    1. Raised beds?! Are you pulling your garden weeds deodar or just smoking them?

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    2. Raised beds?! Are you pulling your garden weeds deodar or just smoking them?

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    3. No really! I had some old corrugated panels here, bought a couple of window well forms and bolted them on the ends and I have two long oval raised veggie beds almost 2' high! My knees greatly appreciate them.

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    4. No really! I had some old corrugated panels here, bought a couple of window well forms and bolted them on the ends and I have two long oval raised veggie beds almost 2' high! My knees greatly appreciate them.

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    5. ps gave up the smokin' 'em a long time ago hahah

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  5. The three section sink is def. planter material. A house we bought in Spain a few years back had about a ton of empty sardine tins, 10 miles of baler twine, numerous odd shoes and old shirts buried in the garden.

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    1. I've only found one shirt so far, a childs shirt, I imagine a naked four year old having a good time. I've been reading your back posts Renovation in Galicia and enjoying them very much!

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  6. I can see the sink being some kind of feed trough.

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    1. Now THAT is an excellent idea. What a practical realist you are!

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    2. Now THAT is an excellent idea. What a practical realist you are!

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  7. I think the sink would make a wonderful herb garden to have by the back door.

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