Gentrification: Stained Glass on Garden Shed

Goose Creek version of screen doors on a submarine
Goose Creek version of screen doors on a submarine

You can’t really see it very well from this shot snapped during a recent drizzle (that is to say any daylight hour over the past two months) but now in place an 18″- square stained glass window found by our intrepid buyer of such things after repeated visits to places like Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke. It had to be Goldilocks just right and it had to be in place by the time the grand daughters came to visit. It was, but just barely. They arrived late last night and are still sleeping.

What you can’t see is that SWMBO insisted I install a little shelf under the otherwise flush-set window upon which to set a battery-powered window candle that automatically goes on when it gets dark.

Inside the shed, 2×4 steppers rise to the level of the shed-wide worktable under the two old house windows, and from there, more 2×4 rungs carry you to the loft (complete with safety rail) where I feel sure the wife has had more enjoyment imagining being a little girl up there than the real (and temporary and very infrequent) little girls in our lives will ever realize.Who am I do deny her such fantasies? We all must have dreams and whimsy.

So ramp it up a notch: first, the copper capped Gulag fence posts, now the stained glass garden shed. Can it be long before Starbucks will want to put a store in Roscoe Willis’ old place down the road and we start referring to the neighborhood as Goose CreeQue Meadows?

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Oh, please!! Creeque? How ’bout a shot from inside the shed showing us your find? Or is the light not right? I love stained glass – I have several pieces that hang in the light so I can enjoy them.