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Billy-Proof Fence (Mk.II)

Some of you may remember how, earlier this year – before the summer that appears to have come and gone so quickly – I erected a fairly straightforward freestanding, temporary fence to keep my mum’s puppy from wondering off along the shared driveway.

Inevitably, I was asked to do the same again alongside the garden to the rear of the property. This is a job I actually completed in July and, as I sit down to write about it now, I’d like to indicate that I had to make a couple of slight alterations for the same idea to function in its situation.

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Bath Skyline Walk

Sunday 14th February 2016

Valentine’s Day… What better way to have spent it than doing something I love that could be shared with a group of other people?

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Building the Shed (Part 2)

By the end of my first day, I was impressed that I’d been able to get the roof on, albeit with a tarp thrown over for overnight ‘security’ (see Part 1).

You’d think that I’d then be ready to finish the roof when I got started the next day… But no. I wasn’t happy with my rushed effort and began by taking the four sheets of chipboard off again!

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February’s Fall

Just when I thought it was safe to stow away my claw hammer; the gale-force winds returned and I found myself faced with another fence panel repair and post to replace. I guess I forgot to knock on wood. It’s ironic that the lighting bolt would strike the same spot again, mere weeks after assuring myself that my time as a fence panel-repairer was over.

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Westonbirt 2013

My first visit to Westonbirt Arboretum was back in August 2008 over the bank holiday weekend, to experience their annual woodworking show (now known as Treefest) for the first time. It was only the second show of its kind that I’d been to and it blew me away with all it had to offer – put it this way; we spent so much of the day walking around to see each and every stall that we didn’t have enough time left to explore the arboretum. I’m not sure how the show may have changed in the years since but it still attracts a large following.

Since then, I’d been wanting to revisit and my intention has always been to return during the autumn season, after having seen everyone else’s photos (on Facebook, etc.) of the leaves in all their vibrant, autumnal glory. Fear of going alone is all that has really held me back until now (not to mention wasting a lot of time last year ‘waiting’ for someone…). But I’ve made a few really good friends in the last year and one of them didn’t hesitate to say yes to the prospect of going last weekend.

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I’d Rather Have Snow…

Just as I was getting dressed and ready to leave the house for work this morning, there was a knock on my bedroom door. Mum was eager to tell me that another fence panel had blown down overnight; narrowly missing her car and lying obtrusively on the drive. It wasn’t the panel I ‘repaired’ over the weekend – as I said then; that one’s never going to come out!! This one is as tall as it is wide.

A new day and another panel falls to the ground!

These photos were taken in the daylight, after I arrived home from work a couple of hours ago, using my phone as well (8 megapixels, apparently… Although, I rarely bother to preset the white balance). All I did in the darkness was to pick up all the loose stuff and to dump it infront of the workshop.

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Rusted Ring Latches

Anyone who payed close attention to my Side Gate project a few months ago may remember that I chose to trim a good 40mm (1½in) off the length of the ring latch that was fitted to secure the gate in its closed position. This was purely for visual aesthetics from the outside; I didn’t want the latch to interfere with the ‘line’ between two of the vertical boards…

While, the gate is still awaiting its second coat of paint (!!), it wasn’t at all long after fitting the gate furniture that our old nemesis oxidisation made an unwelcome appearance!

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Part 5 is A-Live!

Part 5 in my Picket Planters video series was uploaded to YouTube yesterday evening. I’ve dubbed it as the ‘penultimate’ episode in this particular playlist but, it may turn out to be the final video, as I realised (shortly after uploading) that I’ve mis-placed (perhaps, even, deleted) the final scenes of footage I recorded about two-months ago… 😳

All the ‘exciting’ stuff will have been witnessed, by the time you’ve finished watching this latest instalment so, you’re not missing out on much in the practical sense, at least, if this does end up being the last in the series. There’s only one scene that I can recall and that was basically me talking about the painted finish I had decided to go with – if the worst comes to it, I could always summarise that in an additional blog post, should the missing video footage not re-emerged (I have checked both of my SD cards).

As always, if you cannot get the video to load here for you on WordPress, please try clicking this link, which will take you directly to YouTube.

Comments are always welcome. I was actually quite pleased with this one. Alright, so I’m still about as vocal as a doormouse but, I thought that the animations and transitions between scenes worked very well…

With any luck, I’ll have another (more concise!) video series starting in a couple of weeks and, I’m also looking to round-off the long-forgotten Towel Stand Project in the near future… 😳

Thanks for reading and for watching.

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