Once the storm passed, we got out there and took down the laserlite that was still flapping around and secured the rest of it with extra bolts. The storm seemed to have passed, so after dinner I went into town to a dance class. When I got out of dance, I had a message from Graeme saying, don’t come home yet, it’s too wild up here. OK, so off to a servo for a lousy cuppa and a KitKat…about an hour later, I got the OK that things were still bad, but had calmed down a little. As I made my way up the hill, it was starting to look a little like the Wild West…broken branches, leaves everywhere, swirling wind. About half a kilometre from home I was thwarted. A huge gum tree and powerline were blocking my path, so plan B. It was after 11pm and with only $50 in my pocket, I rang the only friends I have in Hobart, but I couldn’t raise them. So next idea was to call a couple I had met a handful of times at dancing and whose party I had been to on the weekend. They were so lovely and welcomed me with open arms. By this time, more of laserlite had blown off the other end of the awning and I was worried about the boys.
The morning arrived and calm, but a very soggy building site with very full stump holes! By the end of the week, after hiring a water pump and getting the concrete mixer going, the stump holes were empty and the carport slab trenches had a layer of concrete.
The other exciting event for the week was the arrival of our house bricks...yep, you guessed it, 330 straw bales arrived on a 40ft semitrailer. So after donning overalls, gloves, masks and glasses, Graeme and I moved the straw bales into the shed where they will stay nice and dry until we need them.
Next week we have the excavator booked to dig out the rest of the stump holes so by the end of the week, the concrete will be poured in all the stump holes and the week after, we can start building!