I’ve been working steadily on my shed since spring, adding boards after work, or sheeting on the weekends. I’ve found it’s taking much longer to complete each step then I originally anticipated. I’m sure it doesn’t help that I keep adding to the project, first with choosing to build a very large chicken coop, then with a shop on the second story. It all brings home that old saying I first heard as a child “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. When I first heard that expression, I thought it was non sense, of course it took more then a day to build Rome. At the ripe old age of about seven, I had it all figured out, and determined without much thought that Rome took at least one year to build, or less. This nonsense of building a city in a day was absurd, but it surely didn’t take too long.
After growing much older and working on a few projects such as my greenhouse, I began to appreciate the amount of effort that is invested in construction. I’ve learned a lot in these last few years about what will work and what will not. I originally tried to construct a greenhouse using 3/4 inch PVC pipping, shaped in a geodesic dome type construction. I still think it could work, but I arranged my supports incorrectly. I guess my point is, for every project that works out, there are projects that do not, which adds even more time to the equation.
I’ve gotten the roofs frame completed, with the landing shown above. I hope to cover this over to create a flat spot for astro-photography. The small box in the photo will be a opening to the lower floors. I’ll finish the whole building, and place a rubber roof over this spot. Later I hope to create a very small telescope and two person sized dome on this landing, but that will be a completely separate project.
So here it is, and here I am, 23 years later. I still wonder about that saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. I guess in the grand scheme of things, Rome is never really finished. Construction must still be continuing in some part of the city, and so it’s never totally complete. I do have a better grasp on the meaning, and a better understanding that things really do take time, sometimes lots of it.