Summer leave 2010 was spent up on the scaffolding at 143. With the exception of one weekend when drunkynunky had visitors from Folkestone, every day involved full on role play as a ‘builder’. Enjoyed every minute of it. Most of the tasks planned were completed but we still need a renderer to slop a 10mm outer coating over 5m2 of the gable frontage. Very pleased.
The only hiccup occurred when drunkynunky rang up to report that the scaffolders hadn’t provided access from ground level to the first platform. He also said the ladder needed to reach 3 metres. It transpired that that in fact the height was only 2 metres but prior to checking that, foolishly we’d ordered a 4.5m double extension affair from ‘ladders on line’ which was promptly delivered from Cardiff the following morning. Very impressive service. Sadly the ladder extends to nearly 9 metres, weighs over 30 kilos and cost a fortune. Overkill indeed. Lesson learned, read specs carefully before ordering and always, always, always be guided by the principle of measure twice and cut (or order) once.
So a fortnight of honest and enjoyable graft passed and all too quickly it’s back to the time robbing tedium that is commuting on the North Kent line. I’d forgotten what a drudge it is. Hopefully there’ll be some decent attendances offshore or in warm and sunny places in the offing very soon. Either that, or a complete change of direction on the job front. We’ll have to see. Perhaps captain Camelot will come to the rescue? Un-likely of course so it’ll either have to be a touch of dangerous but high value importing from Colombia (haven’t got the nerves for that) or throwing myself onto the contractor’s market and declaring my loveliness to the assembled hordes.