The greenhouse

Ever since I had visions of growing vegetables I’ve longed for a greenhouse and this year I found a really good offer – a 10×8 foot ‘serre’  – at half price, end of line.

I ordered it and a couple of weeks later the courrier phoned to arrange delivery for March 4th. We put the package in Claudine’s garage to wait until Guy, another neighbour who had agreed to put it up, could come and unwrap it.

He turned up on Friday afternoon and among the packageing was the book of instructions stating that 2 people could assemble it in 2 or 3 hours.

But when I saw the heap of metal bars and sheets of corrugated plastic, not to mention hundreds of screws, I had my doubts.

And so did Guy.

He set to work with the help of Claudine’s son, Francois but after three hours all they had done was fix together the base and the metal corners  and attach two panels.

Guy was patient and methodical but did use the word “chiant” (shitty) a few times. It seems the main problem was that the screws and their holes would not line up.

They gave up at about 6 o’clock when it began to get dark and came back on Saturday morning.  After seven or eight hours grind most of the panels were in place but there was still a long way to go.

They spent all day Sunday on it – albeit with a prolonged lunch break – but it still isn’t quite finished.

Guy is there now, completing the roof and, hopefully will manage to put the doors in before  night sets in.

There must have been a misprint or mistranslation on the leaflet. Not 2 or 3 ‘heures’ but more like 2 or 3 ‘journees.’

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9 Responses to “The greenhouse”

  1. zuleme Says:

    It’s always like that with bargain stuff. But it looks like a nifty little greenhouse. I’d like it!

  2. Little old me Says:

    nice looking green house

  3. Z Says:

    What a good friend Guy is. Although I expect he started to wish he hadn’t offered to help!

  4. Susie Vereker Says:

    Good luck, Sandy. I gave away our greenhouse ten years ago as I would forget to water or water too much or something.
    Sorry it was such a nightmare to put up.

  5. bretonne Says:

    Wow! Lucky you, I’ve got a midget mini-serre from Lidl’s and it’s been great for the past 2 years, the 2nd year I put black plastic down first:) Mine has piquets anchoring it into the ground, but so far we haven’t had the high winds like at present during the time it’s been in use.

    I’m trying out some new seeds from the Real Seed company (online) which I had deleivered to Sorcha’s as it’s £7.50 postage to France. These are ones you can save the seed from, and are non-hybrid. This season should be interesting particularly as there will be fresh chicken s**t.
    By the way, the chickens have arrived – wait till you get yours and we can become chicken-bores…………

  6. tillylil Says:

    Gosh did you only get a quote for 2-3 hours work. Must have cost a bomb with labour charges.

  7. Vagabonde Says:

    Every time we get something that has to be put together there is always something that does not fit. The quality control on these types of products is not “quality” usually. But your greenhouse looks good now.

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