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The garden summer house shed can be seen as an old mans thing to some of the youngsters of today where they possibly remembered their grandfather disappearing down the garden or up to the allotment to some mysterious place. As a child this was exciting but as they got older it was a little ‘uncool’ (this probably shows my age) so they distanced them selves from this activity, which is a shame. Nowadays garden summerhouses are the thing!
I am at the moment enjoying time with my grandson, Daniel, who is 2¾ and he is a joy to be with. Seeing his character develop each time I see him it marvellous. When we are in the garden together the way he looks at me whilst we spend time together is so magical. He likes to go in my garden shed and take a look at what’s in there but only under my guidance.
Until a few weeks ago it was impossible to get into my shed because of all the stuff (items various – as my wife would say) in there so he had to look in through the shed door. I’ve now cleared it out and there is space inside to get in and Daniel took great delight in hiding under the bench in there. Hopefully he will remember these times all his life and maybe, just maybe, he will not bow to peer pressure as he gets older. I do think he will as the garden shed is fascinating for him. I suppose being in the garden sheds and summerhouse business might make it a little different to most children.
Even at an earlier age he was fascinated by garden sheds even then. I remember collecting him for the day and he was a little unsure of himself and a little grizzly to start with. As there was a garden centre a little away from his home, which had some donkeys as an attraction for children, we decided to stop off in there. I pulled up in front of the small field where the donkeys lived and got Daniel out of the car.
Carefully holding his hand, as this was the car park for the garden centre, I got him out and took him over to see the donkeys. He appeared to like them but his attention kept drifting towards the display of garden sheds, a little like the garden summer houses from 1st Choice, beyond the car park. I decided, perhaps, he might like to take a look so headed over to the sheds. When we got there Daniel’s face lit up. He started to run in and out of the garden sheds in turn, opening and closing the doors, with a big beaming smile on his face.
These were basic straight forward garden sheds, not playhouses, just fully ‘bog standard‘ sheds but he loved them. I then know he must be his father’s son and granddad’s grandson, not that there was any doubt. This just goes to show how much children take in from their upbringing.
A little while later at the 1st Choice Leisure Buildings display site near Guildford he road tested their new range of children’s playhouses. In and out of the playhouses, up the steps and down the slides. Opening and closing the windows, child safe perspex – of course – and generally doing what all your children do best, and that is to use their imagination. All the time my wife looking at the garden summerhouse (oh dear!)
Besides the fun the children have exploring their new world the sheer joy they bring to their parents and grand parents is beyond words, as any parent or grandparent will confirm. It’s hard to imagine life without this little soul and with his sister, Rebecca, as she gets a little older I’m sure she will want to be joining in as well. Can’t wait!
There is a great deal of choice for garden tools ranging from metal, steel, plastic and even fibre glass but the use of copper for garden tools has been increasing. And when you look at the benefits that these offer it’s not really surprising.
With metal and steel garden tools you can find that these can rust if not looked after. Ideally after used they should be cleaned and sprayed with a little oil, certainly before putting them away for the winter. But in practice this does not always happen so when you dig (!) them out of your garden shed or summerhouse in the Spring they can look a mess. Even so they are the workhorse of garden tools and this shouldn’t be knocked.
Plastic garden tools are available and are resistant to rust. It’s possible that they can get a little rough looking if they hit rocks or stones in the garden and this will make them a little harder to clean. However, they are becoming more popular as time goes on. The same can be said for tools made from fibreglass which again are increasing in popularity. The other plus points for these tools are that they are light and easy to use for long periods at a time.
Copper garden tools, however, are certainly becoming the type to have as the positives for using them rack up. You will find that these tools do not corrode very easily ensuring a very long life for them. Like steel these can be recycled but copper by its very nature is of more value in this aspect.
Where they really score is that they help to banish those horrible slugs and snails from the garden as these creatures do not like copper – full stop. By using a copper spade and fork these gives off some type of element which appears to deter these slimy creatures. I’m not saying that this will solve your slug and snail problem but could help in reducing this problem.
So some of the main qualities are that they don’t rust or corrode, they tend to keep their working edges sharper so that when you dig into the soil in your garden the spade and fork will come out cleaner. Many of the tool heads are made from bronze, which is copper with a small amount of tin, and this is even better.
The use of copper has been in use for tools for many years with the Chinese and Egyptian big believers in this technology due to the anti microbial properties. So if it good enough for them, which were the backbone for the modern human race, then it should be good enough for you.
One of the small downsides of copper garden tools is that they can cost a little more than the bog standard iron and steel ones. However, if you are like me, you are constantly being asked what can I buy you for your birthday, Christmas or Fathers Day then surely this is as good as anything to put on that list, or if you are very cheeky add a garden summerhouse as well. Not only do you end up with some great tools the giver can get great pleasure in giving you something you might want and can be stored in their summer house in the garden. Unlike, possibly, some handkerchiefs, after shave or other gift, given with all good intentions, but which remain unused in the back of the cupboard.