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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Concreting: Day Two

Today I felt my age.  My right knee has passed its use by date (I'm not complaining because I brought it on myself: I used to be a fencer and fencing coach).  It doesn't give me a lot of pain but it does make lifting heavy concrete or wheeling wheelbarrows down slopes rather difficult and very tiring.  Fortunately David did most of the really heavy work and his thirteen year old grandson went up and down the slope with the wheelbarrow like a gazelle.  Not that, I have to admit, I've ever seen a gazelle pushing a wheelbarrow.  Today we managed two panels of concrete.  The cement mixer is effective but doesn't have a very big capacity.


Yes, something or things did crawl across the first panel!

28 comments:

  1. Don't forget a palm print and the date.

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    1. Good thinking Adrian. Molly managed a paw print or two just before it finally set but she didn't sign them.

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    2. I thought you would have locked her away. Dogs and concreting don't mix.

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    3. She had been locked away most of the day Adrian. She doesn't go that way anyway - usually! She escaped unseen and possibly decided that that way was safer to keep out of sight!

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  2. Hope you and David are having enjoyable evenings - you certainly have earned them. The creepy crawly evidence adds character to concrete!

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    1. The strange thing, Pauline, about the creepy crawlies is that they did it in plain sight of us whilst we were doing the second panel but we didn't actually see them do it.

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  3. As long as the creepy crawly isn't a new variety of super midge we have to watch out for, the small versions are bad enough, especially the way I react to their bites.

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    1. The clegs are the real baddies Mark. They can bite through clothing and if they land on you, the first thing you know is when they have bitten into your skin and the blood is flowing. They are vile. I covered myself and my shirt (I wore thick working trousers but it was too warm for a thick shirt) in deet. The only bit I missed was my beard. They bit me in my beard under my chin three times.

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  4. I wonder how long the image of a gazelle pushing a wheelbarrow will be cemented in my mind...

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    1. I expect, Monica, that it will become a concrete memory.

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  5. My pal needs some fencing doing Sir, can you quote a price :-)

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    1. Andrea the price would be lots, the completion date uncertain and the quality doubtful. And that would be better than some quotes you'd get!

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  6. I was about to say the same thing as Adrian, but of course he was quicker :) Hopefully you guys will finish up soon.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Mersad the weather was terrible today with very heavy rain. Hopefully tomorrow.......

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  7. That is going to look and be much better when finished. No concreting today I fear. What a difference a day makes. From wall to wall sunshine to grey skies, torrential rain and a bit of a gale blowing. Have a nice day - see you Saturday. xx

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    1. Looking forward to it Pat. I'm hoping we'll get some done tomorrow.

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  8. Well that is a pretty impressive view for a tool shed GB :)

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    1. That's just for the garden tools and the mower etc Carol. My other tools etc are kept in the garage along with the car, trailer and heaven knows what else.

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  9. Hey, this is the real McCoy! Mixing cement by hand. No wonder the knee was telling you it was too much.

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    1. Not entirely by hand Red. I do have a cement mixer.

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  10. Progress.....it's looking good.
    I guess whatever creature it was that crawled over your fresh concrete has a childish streak like moi, I may have drawn a doodle myself if I were around.
    Thank heavens for the gazelle....make sure he gets a good dinner tonight....those young gazelles could eat you out of house and home.

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    1. Much to my amazement Virginia he's a very healthy eater and drinker: no fizzy drinks and ham, brie and cranberries for lunch. That's far from your typical teenager's diet these days.

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  11. What's the glass panel - solar???
    Good to see you working hard :) hope the knee feels better...

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    1. No Fiona. The glass panels were there to give light and protection to my starter and over-wintered plants. I'm re-thinking those plans at the moment.

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  12. Once again, super-neat and tidy work it looks.
    As for the gazelle with the wheelbarrow, if anyone could get a picture of that, it would be you, Graham!

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    1. I'm just hoping, Meike, that we can make a start today (Thursday) on the remaining panels. Unfortunately the weather forecast is not good.

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  13. What crawled across the concrete? Perhaps a giant midge - the mother of all midges - who gives birth to millions and millions of midges every day. We are human but in numerical terms this planet belongs to the midges...and the ants.

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    1. YP a giant midge would be an easier target than the no-seeums that are the true midge, Of course insects outnumber us humans thousands - perhaps millions - to one.

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