Miss Kimblerley Restored - Hut Date: June 2009 

Miss Kimberley unveiled!

A moment of reflection ...

Time for the important bit ....the first Miss Kimberley tea party.  A small saucepan came with the stove and fits perfectly in the hotplate hole with the hotplate removed so the saucepan bottom dangles in the flames - this produces a very rapid boil!  Now I know why this saucepan, which belonged to the Shepherd that previously owned her, had a very sooty bottom.  The saucepan that is.  I had given up trying to clean it and only when I first lit the fire did I realise how it had been used.

Jumble refuses point blank to act as a tea-cosy.  He has his limitations and we do wonder about his commitment at times ...

Digger heads off for biscuits ...

Meanwhile, the rest of Team Kimberley (myself and Scott Bunting) prepare for Miss Kimberley's Wacky Races trip to the Hall ...

Shepherds Hut ...?  Noooo .....there's none of them around here and haven't seen one in years ...

 

 

 

Miss Kimberley has been given two coats of "black tar varnish" with a dollop of fence preserver popped in to thin and help it to soak into the wood.  All the lower parts and rear axle are also treated with "waxoil" to keep the wet out of the end grain of the cladding boards.  All the chassis tie rods and bolts are stainless steel. 

The roof has an insulation layer of thick wooly carpet donated by our local friendly carpet fitter to keep out the heat from the tin roof.  The tin roof was weathered before fixing by leaving it outside for a few months.  It then received a coat of galvo primer and two top coats of "Red Oxide" to obtain the brown roof.  Then it was waxoiled underneath with the added bonus of a copy of the local newspaper (Eastern Daily Press) hidden in sheets over the roof.

 

 

After a lot of heart searching we went for new Ogee "oldy" style cast alloy guttering which is nice and light.  This is not strictly Shepherds Hut practice but will play a big part in preserving her delicate parts which would otherwise get damp from free-falling raindrops from the roof edge.  I was amazed at the cost of guttering and can quite see why people don't normally fit it.  We couldn't bring ourselves to use plastic which was a fifth of the price.  If she had had guttering on during all those years she had sat outside it might have saved her from so much rot.

A proud day and a pure labour of love!