Suzanne Haslam has converted her clothesline into a shade house for her orchids. PICTURE: STEWART McLEANCOULD this be the Far North’s most innovative Hills hoist?A savvy Westcourt retiree has transformed a backyard clothesline into a special “shade house” for her cherished orchids. The idea came to Suzanne Haslam, a former nurse and local taxi driver, during one inspired afternoon at her Mann St home early this year. “I was in the yard with a beer in my hand and thought, ‘there are no kids around, I’m by myself, and this is just wasted space’,” Mrs Haslam said.Using her trusty 35-year-old sewing machine, she set about shaping the shade cloth material to compliment the clothesline structure.More hard work was found in removing the weeds and paving the area at the foot of her Hills hoist, a task which she took on alone. After two months of toil, Mrs Haslam put the final touches on the new shade house last week. It is now stocked with about two dozen orchids, which she said had responded well to their new environment.With some of the clothesline protruding from the green material, the Hills hoist can still be used for its original purpose. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“It was a really big job, and I went through four sewing needles – but the old machine did well,” she said. “I walk outside of a morning to let the dogs out and think ‘wow, this has really made a difference’.“The orchids seem to like the extra humidity.”Manufactured since 1945, the Hills hoist is widely viewed as one of Australia’s most iconic inventions. Mrs Haslam, a widow, said she was proud of her backyard creation. “I put some photos on Facebook and people seemed to like it,” she said.“It’s just what an old lady does with her spare time.“My husband Keith was a real handyman, so I think he would have been impressed.” Mrs Haslam said she would be happy to pass on pointers to anyone keen on undertaking a similar project.
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That speculation was hardly ideal preparation for the match with Sunderland in the evening at White Hart Lane, with the Spurs boss keen to avoid talking about his future before the game. “I can’t say much right now,” Sherwood told Sky Sports. “What I can say is tonight is business as usual. “I’m setting this team up to win a football match for the benefit of the club and the 35,000 Spurs fans who will come and watch. I’ll speak at a later stage.” Louis van Gaal, Mauricio Pochettino and Frank de Boer have all been strongly linked with post, although a source close to the situation downplayed talk that Sherwood’s immediate future has already been decided. Press Association Sport was told: “The board will meet with Tim at the end of the season as they would normally to review how things have progressed. Anything else is just speculation.” A number of bookmakers suspended betting on Sherwood being the next Premier League manager to leave their post once the story came out on Monday, while Netherlands manager Van Gaal is overwhelming favourite to come in as his replacement. The former Spurs midfielder succeeded Andre Villas-Boas in December, but a fine start to life in the White Hart Lane hotseat has long been forgotten. Sherwood’s position has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks and a report on Monday claimed he would be relieved of his duties this summer. Tim Sherwood insists it is “business as usual” at Tottenham despite reports that he will be replaced as manager this summer. Press Association