In just about every way, actually. The weather was glorious – another beautiful still, sunny day with the sky a clear blue all day and temperature again around 25 degrees Celsius. Just how long can this go on for? Long enough for me to get my wood store finished, I hope. After a quick shopping trip this morning I was able to enjoy another very productive day, because I felt no Lyme effects to speak of (in fact after only a couple of days, I’m already considering not mentioning it at all, it’s become so insignificant) and the work on the wood store just flowed. After today, I’ve got very little to do to finish the frame structure, as the following pictures I took this evening just as the light was beginning to fail, show.
Like any structure of its type, the frame will not be fully rigid until the sides and roof are all on, but as I’ve been able to pin one of the roof cross-members with a screw to one of the stairway uprights, it’s already much more rigid than I’d expected it would be at this stage. The two little corner trusses that I’ve fixed in the bottom right and left corners have also helped and I’m going to add two more tomorrow in the corresponding top corners, which will help even more.
With the progress I’m making, I’m becoming optimistic that if the weather holds, I might even be adding the roof and starting to apply the wall boarding over the week end. However, rain is forecast for overnight tomorrow and the early hours of Sunday, so I’ll have to wait and see how things go. The rain will only last briefly and it’s then forecast to return to similar weather to what we’ve been enjoying for another several days afterwards, so even if I have to leave the wood to dry out for a day before continuing, it looks as though I’ll have time to finish the job off before the weather starts to turn really bad. So it’s fingers crossed for that.
And the other good news was that after getting hold of some insect repellent this morning, I did a right proper ‘Enry Cooper’ and splashed it all over before going outside. I didn’t really expect it to work, but even after spending quite a while with my shirt off, I don’t appear to have been troubled by any insect bites at all. Frankly, I’m amazed because my experience is that these things usually don’t match the hype that goes with them. However, on this occasion it appears that I was wrong – and it was one of those times when I was glad to be 😉