Old yet not forgotten…

Found this old building that was built right over a stream. It seems it use to be a building, yet now the doors and walls on each end has been removed and it is used as a bridge. It got me to thinking of how we all too often throw out or stop using “old” things/buildings/etc. and instead build new when the old with a little TLC will do the job well. I love to see old things being used  or repurposed. It also can save you money and I love that. So today I thought about what I could use or repurpose to save money and create less waste. I came up with a couple of things, but need to think some more. Have you used something old or repurposed something recently? I would love to hear about it 🙂

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laura Rittenhouse
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 21:08:48

    I love repurposing what would otherwise be a blight on the environment. Saving money and creating something from trash is pretty addictive.

    To see if I am putting my money (and elbow grease) where my mouth is I scanned back through my own gardening blog for the past couple of months and found some posts where I specifically talk about repurposing.

    Here’s where we used old milk jugs as chicken waterers http://laurarittenhouse.wordpress.com/2012/05/13/clever-or-perhaps-dumb-trick/

    And here’s the end result of picking up an old lamp shade off the side of the road and creating a birdbath in our back yard. http://laurarittenhouse.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/shared-space/

    Our veggie beds are all built from repurposed timber from our own yard and our neighbours’ (we’ve got a reputation of reusing junk). Our retaining wall is built from old bricks and more neighbour’s wood. Our rainwater tank base is built from reclaimed bricks (whe knocked down a wall during renovations and had a lot of old bricks leftover)and found rebar. We never start a project without first scrounging what we can. We never drive past a pile of “rubbish” on the road without looking for gems. It’s a lifestyle and one that I love.


  2. bornattwentyfive
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 21:12:04

    That is a beautiful picture!


  3. magsx2
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 23:27:33

    A great photo, and what a good idea to use the old place as a bridge. 🙂


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