I’m hoping to get the new wood store finished this week. There’s not much left to do now so I should be able to as it looks as though the weather is going to be quite kind – for most of the time anyway. As the roof is now weatherproof as it stands, I’ve decided to press ahead and get everything else finished before returning to it and permanently fixing the roofing felt on. If I do that, I can then move stuff into the store – the wood that I had delivered, my cement mixer, my rotavator, my lawn mower, stuff like that – so whatever happens after that, I’ll at least know that I’ll be as ready as I can be for the winter.

So today I went over to Leroy Merlin and Brico Depot for the final load of timber that I’ll need for the wall-boarding and doors and the fittings that I’ll need for mounting the hinges etc. And I wasn’t sorry about that because humping packs of timber on and off the roof of the Kia has required a lot of effort and been quite energy-sapping. The wall boards are 2.5 metres long and come in bound packs of six and the bars on top of the Kia are quite a lot higher than they were on my old Astra so just getting them up there and off again are tasks in themselves. And then, to make it even worse, when I came to off-load them today, we had a ‘funny weather’ scare in the form of an approaching thundery squall that I thought was going to bring rain, so I had to do it in double-quick time as well. No wonder my poor old back is aching 🙁

As usual, my trip to Chancelade and Trélissac meant that I lost about 4 hours out of the day, but there was no way to avoid it. I got cracking as soon after lunch as I could and finished just after 6.30 pm during which time I got both of the store sides fully boarded except for the small bits of trim at the bottom that will keep the weather off the concrete base.

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I didn’t think that it was worth getting my power saws out and starting on the front sections so called that it for the day. While I was working, the temperature got up to about 22 degrees Celsius and the sweat was rolling off me, so I was glad to be able to just leave my tools under cover in the store for the night and go indoors for a long drink. All looks well for another lovely day tomorrow (an excellent flying day, actually, but that still has to be on hold until I’ve finished this job), so with a bit of luck I’ll get the back of the outstanding work broken, if not actually finished. I’ll have to wait and see how it works out 😉