Posts Tagged ‘sheds’

Monday mornings are notoriously unhappy, bluesy days. I’m surprised Son House never penned a song to it. It’s that first day after the weekend and with the weather continually chilly, to say the least, staying in bed has never been so tempting.

Not, for me though. Today is a good one. Thanks to handy bit of Alfa Romeo servicing my car feels like new – I didn’t buy a new one (you can leave the edge of your seat now) though I did pass a salivating glance over those lovely grills. Having picked it up from its service I found myself looking for any excuse to drive it. Thankfully petrol seems to be reaching ever-more sensible prices by the day and a well serviced car is more economical on the motion lotion. The nice spell of dry weather meant she got a nice treatment of car polish yesterday too – while I layered up so as not to freeze – and is now looking shiny and new as well as driving that way.

However, while getting the polish and stuff from the shed I found I either need to re-felt the roof or get a new one. It seems to have been letting in water. So, up to the attic where I’m sure I’ve got a load of old newspapers (well, I’d found a load of them) to try and insulate some things. Seems some of the papers were older than I thought as I found one from 1989!

I’m not going to do a whole time capsule thing here, I find it increasingly annoying when my local paper seems to think I want reminders of the difference between today and a random year that always seems to be 1995. I will however share that which interested me, at the back in the classified and motoring section:

Fancy a used Audi?

Used Audi

Used Audi

Or perhaps Mazda have the power to satisfy?

Mazda

Mazda

I’m not sure why I find these so fascinating. There’s more but I won’t show them all. Perhaps it’s harkening back to my youth? I remember anxiously watching the roads for new G and H plates when they came out on the way to school when my love for cars was starting to bloom. Perhaps it’s the differnces in both design of cars and advertising.

There’s also the pricing and that it’s still possible to pick up a new car for under £10k and easily grab a decent used Audi for close to the same prices as in the ad. In fact, a quick search for a used Audi for the same price as the 1985 Audi Quattro in the ad found loads under it.  So much for inflation, used cars at 1985 prices!

How is this possible?

The joker in me was tempted to phone up one of the classifieds ads and ask if they still had the “1986 Escort.”

You know, I actually owned a Mazda 323 on an F-plate for a while, though it wasn’t new. I didn’t own it for long though, my needs soon grew beyond three doors and I needed a car with a larger engine for the longer commutes.

“The Power To Satisfy. ” When did Mazda take on the Zoom-Zoom thing? Does it have any connection to the “Va-Va-Voom” slogan purred from the French lady’s lips for Renault? Maybe some psychological link with the sound? It makes me smile to think of the changing slogans brands used to use.. Ford’s “Driven By You” which came complete with soft-rock song from frizzy-haired Brian May, Toyota’s “The Car In Front…”

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It’s a strange thing how the weather can affect so many things that you wouldn’t normally expect it to. Take my car, for example.

While it’s not the fastest, flashest or even newest car on the roads (or even the driveway thanks to the girlfriend’s new Peugeot) I take a lot of pride in it as it’s certainly the best one I’ve had yet, accordingly I’m determined to take car of this one.

Thing is, I refuse to use a certain well-known and monopolizer of car-goods company that begins with ‘H’ after an incident with a leaky seal on an oil bottle ruined the interior of my previous car and the disputes that followed. With that in mind, and with my penchant for sitting on my behind and shopping online, I buy such things as car polish and  from the ‘net.

Having spent time cleaning out the garden shed, as mentioned before, next on my list of “things to do when I can get round to it” was cleaning the car. Of course, the shed had to come first as without having somewhere to store them (somewhat obsessively in their organisation) the shampoo and polish etc would still be in a box in the spare room. As it is the whole lot of car-cleaning and related stuff sit happily alongside the tools in what is fast become a museum to my obsessive big-boys toys collection rather than a shed.

Being environmentally-minded (or at least constantly told to be by a certain Peugeot owner) I wash the car by hand and being smitten with my motor give the car a nice gleaming shine when I’m done. Using the strangely cheery weather we experienced on Saturday I got my car nice and clean then buffed to a gleaming shine.

While I doubt it made much difference I always like to imagine that it made people jealous as I hurtled up and down the motorway for my commute over the last couple of mornings. Until, that is, this morning when I came out to find my car had been turned into an iceberg. Where only a short time ago gleaming silver paintwork shined were swirls of ice and frost.

Now as I look out at my car in the car park it’s not even the shiniest one anymore. If anything it seems to close to grubby and dirty again – filthy ice! So this means I either grin and bear it as the winter weather deters me from making what seems to be a futile effort or give it another clean and polish when the time allows.

Don’t worry though, I’m not about to go and buy one of those covers for it, I’m not that precious about my car. Though the fact that my car is no longer a glimmering beacon of car-care in the carpark does seem to be strangely heavy on my mind this morning.

One of the great things about working for a web agency like G-Forces is the great diversity between sites that I get to market. From a ski wear site like White Rock Direct to researching sheds for Passmores.

It’s also of great coincidence that I moved recently and this gives me the opportunity to talk about a recent scenario I found myself in. When I viewed the house I moved into one of the things that appealed to me – as a dog owner – was the garden. It’s long, extremely long. So long that my little dog would probably run out of breath if he ran up and down it just once. Now at the time of viewing it was raining and so I didn’t venture into the garden or study the shed at the end of it, I merely knew it was there and that it’d be useful for storage. Having worked in the retail side of such things I was also able to tell that it was a 6×5 pent roofed shed but that’s irrelevant and a little sad.

No stranger to renting houses I wasn’t surprised when the agency informed me that the previous occupants had left in something of a rush and some of their disregarded belongings may still be in the property and that I could freely dispose of them. How nice. I wasn’t told, perhaps because it wasn’t known, that the previous tennants had left plenty of stuff in what was now my shed, let alone its comedy value. While not funny ‘ha ha,’ what I found in the shed certainly makes me chuckle.

There was a pile of magazines that were the Polish equivalent of “Dry Wall Monthly” that dated back from a few months old to 2002 – it was a large pile and I was curious on an otherwise empty Sunday morning.

Two cardboard boxes in varying forms of structural stability, one of which was full of empty cigarette boxes. Nothing special about them, no foreign or strange designs, just lots and lots of empty cigarette packets. You can imagine the smell, I won’t describe it. The smell of the other box was strong enough to deter my interest. It was disposed of as quickly as possible.

I’m assuming that the previous tenants were also animal owners as I don’t think there’s any other reason for the stack of empty hamster/gerbil cages. Though I’m curious as to what fate befell the dozen or so furry things that must have, at some point, lived in the cages and why they weren’t taken along when they moved out.

The same could be said for the innards of the computers and stereos were inside the shed. At first glance I thought I’d hit a strange, junk searchers jackpot of four pcs and a couple of stereos, only to find that there was nothing inside the casings except, for reasons unknown, a light bulb in each.

Also to be found was a box of postcards of a foreign – to me – country that I can only assume (going on the basis of the magazines and the names on the old mail that I still find spilling on my doormat) is Poland. Feeling that this one might be of value on a sentimental level so I put them into a new box and sealed it up on a shelf just in case.

There were the usual suspects that occupy the lists of ‘stuff found in sheds’ such as a few balls of string and gardening twine, gardening gloves (thought with one thumb missing) light bulbs and a few tins of paint.

While I didn’t at the time, looking back at this certainly begins to draw a picture as to who lived in the house before me. I won’t say where it is as, having cleared it out, I use my shed to house my tools and I’m very possessive of them.

My own use of the shed in comparison to the multiple hobby and belongings dumping ground of its previous user got me wondering about what others found in their sheds and what they use their shed for. Accordingly, an article was born on the history of the shed and I’d love to know what was found in other people’s sheds.