Recently, in the European summer of 2013 I was given the opportunity to build a verandah onto the side of a former East German farm cottage. The owners and their children had been given some dead pine trees taken from the nearby forest, some are larch and another local pine. We delivered them to the mill in town. They were cut to size and we collected them in the space of a couple of days, and minus a windscreen. It is a simple addition to the house but it makes a difference to the length of the summer and autumn if you can just sit outside in the direct sunlight and enjoy some lovely home cooked meals.