men’s sheds

The men in my life love a shed. 

I get the whole retreat thing. I get it. Farmers though, they're not really retreating. They're storing. Stockpiling. Saving. Salvaging. 

Ever looked in a farm shed?

Mostly they have a lot of fence posts. Some conductor thingos for electric fences. Old bedheads. I'll be honest, I don't know what most of the stuff is. It looks old and rusty and useless to me, but then I'll be wanting a gate to stop the dogs hanging out on the verandah (Ivy's playpen) and Dad and Adam between them will Macgyver up the most fantastic gate built from stuff out of a shed.

In one of the sheds on Dad's place there has been a very old totally dead car. In my mind it had been there for a hundred years although it's an automobile not a cart so obviously it hadn't. 

It has had fenceposts and stuff on it for as long as I can remember. 

Then a mate of Dad's decided he might resurrect it. And so Dad cleared it off. 

Here it is.


It's an old Jalopy. It was originally a taxi in Kiama, I think. 

My grandfather, Dad and my Uncle Doug used it to deliver the cans of milk to the co-op. (How crazy's that. No refrigerated milk tanker twice a day. You loaded up the cans and took them to the co-op where they got put on a train.)

The Japoly has been out at some point, on a float in a parade from memory. Down the sideboard it reads 'save us: drink milk'. Funny man.

I thought this, below, was the Jalopy but I don't think it can have been unless they took off the roof and replaced the tray sometime. 

Dad loading

While I was looking for this photo above, I found this one below, also loading cans for transport to the co-op. There's no date on the back, it just says "Buena Vista Dairy."

It looks like Dad but I'm suspecting it's my grandfather. 

Old dairy

Cool hey. That cart is probably around here somewhere. 


One more:

Ivy, 14 months, in her element. A total Grandpa's girl. That kid is going to love a shed.




4 Comments on “men’s sheds

Darren (Green Change)
August 29, 2011 at 11:46 pm

That is one cool shed! Reminds me of my grandfather’s place in Canberra – every time he collects enough stuff, he builds a new shed over the top of it. There’s pieces of motorbikes, cars, lawnmowers, tools – everything you could imagine from over 60 years of collecting.

That’s an awesome photo of Tilly and Grandpa. One day someone’s going to be looking back at that one, like you did with the one above it, and wondering whether it’s Mum or Grandma!

August 30, 2011 at 12:46 am

Oh, this takes my breath away. I have my very own first shed, (if you don’t count the old plastic rubbish bin I used at the flat- it held lots of random goodies,) and so far I pretty much just smile out the window at it. But most boxes are unpacked, Dave’s taken over the final (!) coat of white paint in the kids’ room, and we bought me a wheelbarrow this morning! The garden is calling…

August 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm

What a gorgeous photo of Ivy and Dad!! Cool, the jalopy has been tidied- but where did all the stuff go that was all over it? hmmm… let me guess… just relocated to another spot in the shed?

Charley @Secret_Water
August 30, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Am impressive family heirloom! Looking forward to seeing the renovated photos. I used to raid my dads shed for things to make cubbies and dens with and rabbit runs and duck pens and fences for my pet goats to jump over like show jumpers šŸ™‚


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