We've been busy building a shelter

@JudyEv (255379)
Rockingham, Australia
September 15, 2021 8:33pm CST
I haven’t posted for a couple of days. As you can see from the collage, we’ve been building a lean-to as a shelter for the caravan. Our friends have a few acres in a suburb called Byford where we used to live some years ago. We were able to park our caravan there and now we’ve added a lean-to to the existing shed. Vince’s brother and our friend who owns the place helped us put it up. Luckily, we started work on the Monday and had it almost finished on Tuesday. The cement footings were put in place on Tuesday afternoon and there were just a few finishing bits to do on Wednesday morning. We had beautiful sunny weather but the rain came in on Wednesday afternoon and it’s been raining on and off since. So we were very lucky that we were able to get it done before the rain came. This will be our last big job which is probably a good thing as parts of it were a bit tricky even with four of us. We’re all over 70 now. But we got there.
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@rebelann (90612)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Sep
It's good to see that people over 70 can still do hard work. Hmmmm, maybe I should get the lead out and do some myself when the temps get down into the 80s.
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Sep
We wouldn't even attempt this in the summer. Well, we might but we'd be starting as soon as it got light and knocking off when the temps got too high.
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@cacay1 (63264)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
16 Sep
@rebelann, they are still strong and healthy.
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@rebelann (90612)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Sep
Yep, but in our summer months it can start out at 80f by 8am so there's little time to do much if you're not an early riser @JudyEv
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@DaddyEvil (58521)
• United States
16 Sep
I was wondering what you were up to the last few days. I'm glad you got done before the rains came.
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Sep
They were pretty full-on days and also I've run out of inspiration a bit lately.
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@DaddyEvil (58521)
• United States
16 Sep
@JudyEv How can you run out of inspiration for teasing... people on myLot? My eyes are almost completely swollen shut but here I am... looking for someone who needs to be teased. You wouldn't know anyone, would you? I can just imaging how tired you and Vince, at least, were after that much hands-on work. I do hope you're all feeling better now.
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Sep
@DaddyEvil So sorry to hear about your eyes. Is it from allergies? Vince had a fortnight with a really bad cold and ended up with a course of antibiotics. He got well just in time to do the shed but he did get really tired doing it. I dropped one of the beams on my foot which hurt at the time but luckily I haven't felt it since which surprised me. Do you talk about people being one-eyed? Staunch supporters of something or other might be said to be 'one-eyed'. I suppose you know about this saying and now I'm worried about sounding patronising. I'm trying to find something to tease you about but not much point if your eyes are swollen shut. You take care now.
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@allknowing (101287)
• India
16 Sep
How do you get to the caravan when you want it?
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@JimBo452020 (63968)
• Montrose, Scotland
16 Sep
Good question
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@allknowing (101287)
• India
16 Sep
@JimBo452020 Once in a way my brain works
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Sep
It's a 10-minute drive from where we now live. @allknowing @JimBo452020
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@sallypup (49054)
• Moses Lake, Washington
16 Sep
That's great that you all got that big job done and done well.
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Sep
It was our last hurrah so to speak. No more big jobs although we will help Vin's brother build a small woodshed with the leftover material.
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@sallypup (49054)
• Moses Lake, Washington
16 Sep
@JudyEv You're going to help build a small woodshed? Congrats.
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
17 Sep
@sallypup Somehow, we ordered too much tubing but luckily Vince's brother can use it. He needs a woodshed so it will all work out nicely.
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@JimBo452020 (63968)
• Montrose, Scotland
16 Sep
A great achievement Judy. Well done to you all.
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Sep
Thanks. The caravan will be out of the weather now.
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@JimBo452020 (63968)
• Montrose, Scotland
16 Sep
@JudyEv It will be protected.
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@snowy22315 (123808)
• United States
16 Sep
Glad you did!
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Sep
Vin's brother suggested we make a start on Monday instead of Tuesday because of the forecast so it was a good call.
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• Philippines
16 Sep
That's the difference between here and there. You can do many things yourself even at your age. You and Vince are rich in friends.
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Sep
Work such as this is getting beyond us now though. We're not as strong and agile as we used to be.
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@LadyDuck (360113)
• Switzerland
16 Sep
You did a very good job and you were lucky not to have rain, it is a problem when you do cement work.
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Sep
The weather couldn't have been better. We were so lucky to get it finished before the rain.
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@LadyDuck (360113)
• Switzerland
16 Sep
@JudyEv The weather is unpredictable this year, we still have some very warm days, but today it was pouring rain until noon.
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Sep
@LadyDuck The rainy days seem to be continuing for longer than usual this year.
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@rakski (101693)
• Philippines
16 Sep
it is good that your caravan will be park on your friend's property.
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Sep
It is expensive to park it in storage yards so we're very lucky.
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@rakski (101693)
• Philippines
16 Sep
@JudyEv yes, you are lucky and you have very good friends
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Sep
@rakski It will be asset and add to the value when they come to sell their property.
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@cacay1 (63264)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
16 Sep
It's a very nice shelter for your van. At least it's done and you won't anymore worry about the shelter of your caravan.
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Sep
That's true. We don't have to worry about it being out in the weather now.
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@cacay1 (63264)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
16 Sep
@JudyEv, you're now feeling relieved for no more to fear about. Vans are now protected against sun and rain.
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@DocAndersen (50609)
• United States
16 Sep
i suspect there are other large jobs in your future. the two of you are dynamo's!
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Sep
We didn't find this easy and we couldn't have done it without the help of the others. But it's finished now and looks good.
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@DocAndersen (50609)
• United States
16 Sep
@JudyEv i bet! i suspect things like that get harder as we get older
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@just4him (255496)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Sep
Looks good.
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Sep
Thanks. Everything worked out nicely and it does look good.
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@just4him (255496)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Sep
@JudyEv I'm glad it worked out well.
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@sjvg1976 (30200)
• Delhi, India
16 Sep
Glad to know you got it finished before the rain comes. Yes, it's an achievement for you.
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Sep
It will be much better to have the caravan under cover.
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@RebeccasFarm (48808)
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
16 Sep
So is your caravan in one spot now for always?
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Sep
This is where we keep it between trips. There is nowhere to park it at our ticky tacky place. We just have to drive ten minutes, hitch up and we can be on our way. We'll use it again in a fortnight for another ride.
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Sep
@RebeccasFarm No, that is the good thing. We used to be neighbours with these folks but haven't seen them much since we moved down south. However, we've always kept in touch. Now we're back to living not far from them. They are not charging us. There is plenty of room there and the lean-to will add a bit of value to the place when they come to sell it. It would be quite expensive to park it in a storage yard.
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• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
16 Sep
@JudyEv Yes it surely would be a terrible cost if you did not have your friends there. Now that is a blessing Judy good for yous xo
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@DianneN (238147)
• United States
16 Sep
I wondered where you were. Nice to have that protection for your caravan. Nice work for old folks!
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
17 Sep
Thanks. I had time to write but couldn't get the motivation for a couple of days.
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@DianneN (238147)
• United States
17 Sep
@JudyEv That happens. You must have been exhausted from all that work, too.
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
17 Sep
@DianneN That might have had something to do with it.
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@LindaOHio (76539)
• United States
16 Sep
It looks very nice. I'm glad you had help.
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Sep
The beams were too heavy for just the two of us. As it was, we all used a few muscles we'd forgotten we had. lol
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@LindaOHio (76539)
• United States
16 Sep
@JudyEv I hope you didn't overdo!
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
17 Sep
@LindaOHio We're all fine again now. Just a few sore muscles for a day or two. Thanks
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@oahuwriter (17879)
• United States
17 Sep
Great! The rain cools the cement and cleans too. Perfect weather for you!
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
18 Sep
Yes, we couldn't have planned it better ourselves.
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@oahuwriter (17879)
• United States
18 Sep
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@CarolDM (158113)
• United States
16 Sep
You have been very busy. Glad oyu got it done before the rain. Nice job.
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
17 Sep
Thanks. It went well really. Sometimes these things have hiccups along the way but maybe we're getting better at it.
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@CarolDM (158113)
• United States
17 Sep
@JudyEv Sounds great.
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@epiffanie (11265)
• Australia
17 Sep
You still have your caravan ..
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
18 Sep
Yes and we get quite a lot of use out of it which is good.
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@GardenGerty (139249)
• United States
16 Sep
Quite an ambitious task. I see that you still carry on and do what you have to do.
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@JudyEv (255379)
• Rockingham, Australia
17 Sep
This will be the last of any 'big' type jobs. I can't think of anything else like that that we'll need to do.