I've always been fascinated by the way that men need to have sheds (or workshops). I can remember both grandfathers and their sheds, and my father, and various uncles and other men in my life. I didn't think that this would be something that my Turkish husband would crave. I was wrong...this phenomenon is truly international.
Whilst I was searching for a suitable pic for this post, I discovered that there's actually a book on the subject called "Men and Sheds". This description of the book pretty much sums it up:
"It has been said that a shed is to a man what a handbag is to a woman - both contain all the essentials for surviving in the modern world and in the same way that no decent man would ever consider looking in a woman's handbag uninvited, so no reasonable woman would dream of setting foot in a man's shed."
He spent the best part of yesterday out there, knocking down the wall, banging and hammering away to his heart's content.
When I called him in for dinner, he said he was busy so could he have it on a tray? I handed him the tray over the balcony and off he went.
Finally at around 6pm before it got dark, I went outside to investigate. And that's when I discovered that shelter for the motorbike was just a small part of his plan.
The motorbike takes up a small space in the corner of the "room". He has transformed the rest into his own little sanctuary. He has fixed a large board to an entire wall, painted it, added hooks and nails which now hold his tools. In the far corner are two shelves for other tools, odds and ends. He has made a workbench from old bits of wood, which doubles up as a table, and that's where I found his dinner tray.
He added a small gas bottle and trivet and asked if he could have our old Turkish teapot to brew up his çay, which I duly found, together with çay glasses, tea and sugar. And he has a wire running from an extension lead in the house which allows him to use his drill and also to plug in a light bulb.
I have never seen him so happy. He's like a child at Christmas. I never would have believed it!