Saturday, 14 February 2015

Dirty Work That Someone had To Do

But not me........well, sort of not me.......I was there flitting about the edges, putting my two bob's worth in!!!
Last weekend on the Saturday, my 4 sons met at mums and emptied her garage/shed - it was dad's, he passed away in 1996,  and it hadn't been cleaned out since years before then. Mum had given her son-in-laws and grandson bits and pieces over the years, but a really good cleanout it hadn't had for probably 30 years.
Dad was a collector and an inventor - it was his generations thing

he could always make it cheaper than buying it - well..... sometimes

but he was always busy in that shed, and he did make a lot of very useful things over the years - most of which had been dished out to the inlaws and grandies - so we were left with the not so good and the extras that had been put in there since 1996!!
well on the way to emptying it out - this was about half of what was in there - luckily we had some muscle or it would still be in the shed - mum and I do not have the strength or stamina to move any of this in one haul!!
This told us we were making progress. Six hours it took us - the boys doing the hard stuff and myself sorting and directing (I am good at that). And the trailer was loaded, we all took some stuff home.... of course.... keepsakes and 'it might come in handy one day stuff'!!! Me included - those preserving jars and sauce bottles will be used very shortly, and the electric spinning wheel I found (mum had bought that for me a few years back). It's all done now and mum is very happy about that. And there is 5 shelves of things left for anyone else in the family to go through and take what they want!!
Some had the easy job!!! Mum and Bobby waiting for the boys to get the action going - a cuppa always helps pass the time!!
Mum had a great day sitting in her chair in the shade being the supervisor - the boys (being typical males) were stringing her along with silly comments; reminiscing about the things that pop used to do (usually breaking every law known to man), putting rude comments on some of the things they found and didn't know what they were for - mum couldn't keep a straight face when she was chastising them!
A good day had by all!!
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  1. I bet it was quite difficult sorting through all those years of memories. Your dad sounds just like the kind of neighbour that I would love to have. I don't think many people have a 'man shed' these days. More likely to be a place for the ladies to craft and sew

  2. That looks like a huge job!! It great you had such a good team of happy workers. You certainly made a lot of progress by the end of the day.

  3. A great job to have behind you... well done and much better for Mum too I think... xox

  4. Wow isn't it a good feeling after a big clean out,lol the pic of your mum and the dog supervising,well done everyone xx


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