Supporting Act

Outside the walled garden there is a toolshed and a handy lean to, suitable for sheltering such things as wheelbarrows and gardeners who forgot to keep a weather eye out before going up for a spot of digging and delving…

… It looks solid enough until you happen to try leaning against one of the posts and find that on closer inspection they mostly don’t actually reach the ground…

… I have long considered that along with compression, tension, stress and strain there is another crucial engineering force to be considered: habit…

… and that it’s possibly all that’s keeping most of the buildings around here still standing

(sign is still there, by the way)

11 Responses to Supporting Act

  1. commuterjohn says:

    Time to make some hasty repairs with the onset of the winter snows or you might not be able to shelter under it again!
    I am sure there must be some useful timber in the woods by you to do the job!

  2. disgruntled says:

    It’s the landlord’s lean to so I’m just planning to watch in fascination to see how long it can stay up like that (so far about 3 years and counting…)

  3. commuterjohn says:

    Don’t put your bike under there then!

  4. disgruntled says:

    no, the bike has its own shed, which is a little more solid. Got my priorities straight…

  5. Bob says:

    Did Hadrian erect that thing on his way through?

  6. disgruntled says:

    Entirely possible. Although he’d have been a bit lost if he was heading this way

  7. Ragged Thread Cartographer says:

    There are definitely structures held up only by their paint, but looking at this shed I think it comes into the category of Minor Miracle. Or possibly stubborness.

  8. Ragged Thread Cartographer says:

    Um. That should be stubbornness.

  9. Bob says:

    Yes, I realised after I hit the “post comment” thingy that Hadrian would have been quite lost, but sometimes these thoughts just pop into my head. Can’t be helped.
    Apparently he had another wall somewhere in North Africa? Possibly no sheds there I’m thinking. (Also absurd, just roll your eyes, it’s OK.)

  10. disgruntled says:

    Perhaps we should paint it! That should make it good for another century at least

  11. Ragged Thread Cartographer says:

    No, no! Don’t paint it! Not only will it lose its rustic beauty but it will die of shock and you’ll be shedless. Just pray to it, daily.

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