I think the "past tense" is very appropriate in that last sentence.
It's been there ever since we moved in, back in 1984. It used to have a workbench and a bicycle and various gardening bits and pieces stored inside.That was back in the days when it still had a roof and a door which could be opened and closed. Sadly, the paint wasn't strong enough to keep the door intact when the supporting Russian Vine got the chop.
|The shed is on the right. Can't you see it? No, we couldn't see it either.|
It's another significant step along the long road to reclaiming the garden and replacing the garage with a Real Shed. There will be NO MORE Russian Vine. That is, if we do manage to get rid of it.