It has finally getting warm up here, took me really by surprise, because last year the last snowfall was on April 17th, about 25 cm.
So I have started my garden shed, measuring the position with the help of a small border marker that conveniently sits close by, and than getting rid of the weeds that have inhabited this ground for more than a decade like a blanket. They even had a turf agreement: below the trees is the grassy territory, the rest belonged to the fast behind-your-back growing weeds. Only the bamboo didn't keep to this agreement and has built a hard to penetrate network of roots below the surface, but luckily only in the area below the to-be-built house and the front garden
I than started to pull some strings into a nice and square rectangle the size of the shed to determine where to place the 6 concrete blocks that would function as foundation. Remembering the 3-4-5 rule from my days at construction I did manage to get the angles mostly right - but on my next visit, the string had actually fallen victim to rain (or the neighbors cat?)...leaving me only with a few sticks at the corners
Pouring concrete right into holes would have made everything easier - and cheaper, for sure. But because our house isn't built even on paper there is a slight chance I have to move the shed to get enough parking space between it and the house, and for that case I prefer this approach.
After nearly 20 years in big Tokyo I was feeling burned out in my not-so-successful "career" in the service industry, knocking on several ceilings....so after a chance discovery of cheap old farmhouses we set out towards the countryside - but still close enough for my wife to further pursue her working live, commuting by Shinkansen while I would take care of the house and kids and build my own little cafe at home...
Our first bump came when we realized that the bank wasn't willing to give a loan for an old rundown house on some worthless property in the "Hinterland". So, we changed plans and will be building a new house. We already bought the plot last year, with about 400 square meters size, and I have started the vegetable garden beforehand, next project will be the garden house.