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Sunday, 8 October 2017

A day on the drive

Apart from breaks to eat and walk Daisy, somehow we managed to spend all day on the drive.  The first hour or so was taken up with vehicular messing around - tyre pressures, windscreen fluid, rinsing out the big water tanks underneath the campervan . . .



. . . but what Management really wanted to do was see if the 'driveaway awning' that we bought to use on the caravan in winter would fit on the campervan which is what it is really designed to do.  It did 😀 so he was a happy chap but I forgot to take any pictures of it . . .



. . .  and then we "had" to fit it onto the caravan because neither of us could remember what tweaks we had decided we needed to make to create a good fit.



After lunch poor Management was kind/daft/long-suffering enough to ask "OK, what do you want to do next" and although it wasn't scheduled, I nominated removal of the large brick planter as the next thing I wanted to accomplish.  We had this built in April 2010:



In the intervening seven years I had never managed to plant it up - which should tell you something.  Right idea, wrong place, and it was time for it to go.

We had completely forgotten about the rather high water table.   It was back-breaking to dig out the heavy, sodden, clay soil which LP had filled the planter with (one of the many things he did to be 'helpful' one day when my back was turned ...) and I had never got round to replacing the soil with something which drained better.





By the time we'd cleared up we were cream-crackered, but it was a brilliant day and really good to get so much done.  








12 comments:

  1. Looks and sounds like much was achieved Jayne. Will you be replacing the brick planter with anything now it's gone?

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    1. No Eunice, it was in the way now we’ve got three vehicles and a caravan to fit on the drive! We’ll patch the hole in the tarmac, refix the electric point and paint the wall.

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  2. Another busy day! Good to get some things done before the cooler weather arrives & hope you get to enjoy the campervan a bit before then too. Have a good week & take care.

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  3. That does sound like a job and a half removing the planter but a day well spent.

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    1. Knocking it down was easy (Managment says ‘never under-estimate the power of a long steel bar as a lever”!!), moving all the bricks and soil - THAT was hard work :-)

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  4. Another productive day.

    Half of our holiday at home has been enforced time in the house so we've finally tackled some of those tasks that were overlooked for ages.

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    1. I think the minimalist movement has got it right - smaller houses, less possessions = less upkeep and maintenance. Clearly Management and I have not got “that” message, but it’s too easy not to do house tasks, so well done to you both for catching up.

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  5. I often have days when I start something easy, which then leads to a much bigger job, my suffering hubby is always on hand to take over.

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    1. Oh, that sounds just like us! I have a ‘great idea’ which grows like Topsy and poor Management has to come and help me finish :)

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  6. I bet you both slept really well that night.

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