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Pwinkie03 25-03-2012 10:17 PM

Pancakes first summer enclosure! (pic heavy)
 
I was getting excited seeing everyone else making their summer enclosures, and as my garden is a building site.. I cant get to planning my permanent outdoor enclosure until next summer. So when i found that IKEA were selling a storage unit that matched my dining table and chairs (this was this morning) convinced the hubby to take a trip there so we could get it. one thing led to another and I ended up doing the whole lot this afternoon haha, hopefully it will do for Sheldon, Swarley and Spartacus for this summer.. and maybe next year depending on how far we get with our works, i cant wait to show it to them, hopefully it will be warm enough tomorrow for a short supervised visit! Hope its ok... let me know what you think! Louise

unit assembled
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/...325_154655.jpg

Lined (plus holes stabbed in the bottom)
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/...325_161609.jpg

weighted down and helps to raise the soil height
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/...325_164324.jpg

Filled with a generous layer of sterilized topsoil
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/...325_171753.jpg

Tah-dah!
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/...325_183440.jpg

Table complete with 5 hides, sandpit, mopani wood, weeds, LIMBO POLE, many types of substrate, and more!
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/...325_183459.jpg

Plant pot hide and orchard bark
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/...325_183511.jpg

Coffee pot hide, oyster shell and rocks
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/...325_183538.jpg

Whole enclosure on wheels so easy to move!
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/...325_183931.jpg

Finally a lid to keep out any unwanted guests while its out of use!
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/...325_183938.jpg

GreenSlider 25-03-2012 10:47 PM

put my two '10 hermannis out today in 18c sunshine..they hid til i brought them back under MVB..obviously terrorised by the sun..maybe thought it was armageddon!

Jazzy B Bunny 25-03-2012 10:53 PM

Looks great, although I'd want a mesh lid on the top when the tortoises are in it. Don't want any birdies having a snack!

Pwinkie03 25-03-2012 11:15 PM

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Originally Posted by GreenSlider (Post 9821438)
put my two '10 hermannis out today in 18c sunshine..they hid til i brought them back under MVB..obviously terrorised by the sun..maybe thought it was armageddon!

haha, mine went out a few days ago and loved the sun! but chasing them all over my overgrown lawn was a bit terrifying! i will be much happier having them in a controlled space!

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Originally Posted by Jazzy B Bunny (Post 9821462)
Looks great, although I'd want a mesh lid on the top when the tortoises are in it. Don't want any birdies having a snack!

Oh yes, ive got my mesh all sorted :) just need to cut it to size, Until the summer im only going to take them out for a supervised play.. its still a bit chilly to be out all day long :o cant wait to show them it tomorrow >.<

katyg 25-03-2012 11:37 PM

That's great! I actually have a home made version, very similar to this, but it is beginning to fall to bits. Did you buy the whole thing from Ikea, with the wheels on and lid etc? How much was it?

Pwinkie03 25-03-2012 11:45 PM

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Originally Posted by katyg (Post 9821709)
That's great! I actually have a home made version, very similar to this, but it is beginning to fall to bits. Did you buy the whole thing from Ikea, with the wheels on and lid etc? How much was it?

hi, yes it came all together, even comes with a plastic liner bag but as im going to use it for storage once the torts have outgrown it i didnt want to make holes in the actual bag so just used rubble sacks. It was £84, Applaro storage bench. its a good depth and not too big so good for young ones :)

katyg 26-03-2012 12:03 AM

Thanks! I wish I had known about them a couple of years ago before I spent hours and hours making the one I have now that is slowly falling apart! Definately going to get one of these next time as I have a small garden with high walls and need to keep wheeling the enclosure about so the sun stays on it!

Pwinkie03 26-03-2012 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by katyg (Post 9821838)
Thanks! I wish I had known about them a couple of years ago before I spent hours and hours making the one I have now that is slowly falling apart! Definately going to get one of these next time as I have a small garden with high walls and need to keep wheeling the enclosure about so the sun stays on it!

they are brand new which is why i hadnt got one previously, as its the same range as all my other garden furniture :) Its really sturdy too so it should last! : victory:

Knottyedge 26-03-2012 07:23 PM

that's brilliant,should see you on this year at least :)

littlestar 26-03-2012 09:45 PM

that's any excellent idea you had there whats the sizes/dimensions of the enclosure? thanks: victory::no1:


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