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Ming’s shed

on July 24, 2013

Ming and I don’t argue anymore now that he is living in the shed. This is good. If I irritate him, he can go to his shed; if he irritates me, I can send him to his shed.

The shed/home was Anthony’s conception over two years ago and he still gets a thrill out of seeing its very gradual progression from old shed to teenage abode. At the moment the floor is still concrete and there are no blinds to keep the sun out, but Ming has just ordered both and paid half (he is working full-time now).

He doesn’t have ablutions over there, or cooking facilities, so he still has to come home a lot (ha – I still have the power at a distance of 50 metres!)

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33 responses to “Ming’s shed

  1. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) says:

    Gee, I wish I’d had this option back when I was 19.

  2. Colline says:

    It is a wonderful way for Ming to enjoy a bit of independence. Looks like a nice abode.

  3. Brilliant idea. Let’s see some inside pics – if he lets you!

  4. bulldog says:

    I had this when I reached 16 it was wonderful… just the same as Ming though no toilet or kitchen… but them Mom’s cooking was far better than mine…

  5. what a great compromise–and isn’t the peace wonderful?

  6. That is the ultimate solution, a bit of independence for Ming and some peace and quiet for you. Fantabulous! πŸ™‚

  7. Sounds like the perfect solution for you both.

  8. What an awesome idea to give him his own space. I would have loved that as a teenager, but probably mostly because I’d have been up to no good! haha

  9. Robyn Lee says:

    Excellent set-up Julie – I’m really excited about it. Ming gets some autonomy, and you get a bit of space…but still so close and a lovely dinner-date I bet! x love to you all – Robyn

  10. tootlepedal says:

    We would call a building like that a palace round here.

  11. One of my friend’s had a play house that was huge. We loved it in there. All of the furniture was child sized and the perfect fit for tea sets and dolls. Somehow we didn’t mind the heat and Kool-Aid I wouldn’t drink anywhere else, tasted like nectar inside our own little world. I bet Ming has the teenaged variety of love for his own space.

  12. Well, that shed looks far better than the sheds I see around here. Ming should definitely consider himself fortunate!

  13. Trisha says:

    What a great idea! I would have loved something like that as a teen. I’m glad Ming’s mini-move has brought more peace to you.

  14. You call that a shed? Looks more like a guest house.

  15. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    This looks FANTASTIC, Julie – just fantastic. He would LOVE it. And you too. And you know he’s nearby/safe.

    • jmgoyder says:

      Clearing out that old shed and getting it good for Ming was the last physical thing Ants and I did together 3 years ago I just realised – a legacy, a gift.

  16. Judith Post says:

    A brilliant solution. A little space to get away from each other can work wonders. I’m happy for both of you.

  17. There are several times each day that I wish I had a shed of my own. This seems like a great compromise for both of you.

  18. mrs fringe says:

    Wow! Flower Child and I are impressed, and would both happily live in that shed πŸ˜€

  19. Terry says:

    I think a person deserves some space, each of us. If we all only had a place to run to that was all ours, alone

  20. janechese says:

    Wow, what a great spot. Is that a dish towel hanging on the line?

  21. what a wonderful memory for you all. this may be the best advise for parents of a teen ever! so glad to see you back here:)

  22. elizabeth says:

    What a wonderful space. I’m sure he’s in heaven when he’s all tucked-up in there. πŸ™‚

  23. FlaHam says:

    Julie, When you get him some running water, a toliet, and electricity it will be Ming’s Palace. But all kidding aside, it will do you both good, even 50 meters. Take care, Bill

  24. So glad things are going along so well, and that both you and Ming benefit from the time apart. It’s great for a young man to have his own place, even if it’s just a bedroom 50 yards from mum.

    We have a tiny shed as well and this fall (when we’ve the time and money) we will also be transforming it into Son’s room. With Mom moved out, GS is back in his room, but S wants him to have it by himself, so transforming the shed. Any advice you might offer would be appreciated.

  25. The best of conditions.. there or not there…. company or solitude… Good I think Diane

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