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Flick ([personal profile] flick) wrote2013-08-16 08:21 pm


So, what have we been doing?

We had our first visitors, [livejournal.com profile] coth and family, en route to a very early morning ferry to France. As part of the prep, I spent a day running up pairs of curtains so that they'd actually be able to get some sleep. (Today, I went and bought Even More fabric, to have a crack at a table cloth that will not only be big enough for our enormous table but will also extend with it. Watch this space.)

We invited the neighbours 'round for a drinkie on Saturday evening: we had been thinking about a BBQ, but the forecast is a bit poor so drinkies it is instead.

We got a delivery of Even More Flat Pack Furniture. Mike is complaining that his wrist hurts from all the screwing, which I'm sure isn't the way around that such things normally work for men. We also got most of the bedroom furniture, which meant that we could actually unpack clothes. I'm looking forward to wearing a different pair of trousers tomorrow.

We took the boys out on a longer and much less road-filled hack in the woods on the other side of the valley this morning, which was nice. I jumped on the baby at one point, because he didn't do as he was told when Mike tried to get him to canter up the hill without (but towards) GB. He did as he was told for me, and Mike even managed to hold onto GB and stop him from following us up the hill....

Which, ouch, was more than I just managed. There's a somewhat nutty gelding in the field over the road, currently being turned out at night to stop the flies from bothering him. I just went to give the boys their first haynet and rather than go 'ooh, food' when I opened his door, GB decided to barge through his stall guard (a chain across the door, basically) and me to go and run around snorting and glaring at the gelding over the road. Sigh. I went and got a headcollar on him and coaxed him back to his stable, where I hit a snag: Mike hadn't got around to putting the top bolts on the stable doors, so they only have kickplates (at the bottom of the door) on them, which is why the stall guard was up. With the stall guard ripped from the wall, and me not having four-foot-long arms, I couldn't actually shut the door. So off he went again. Sigh. This time, I tied his haynet up *before* I went and dragged him back into his stable....

I'm not actually sure if it was tGOtR that was setting him off or something else: the Baby is very worked up as well, and when I was bringing GB back up to the stable he kept stopping to stare up the hill, in the opposite direction to tGOtR's field. It's possible that they were all smelling something worrying in the trees, I suppose. Either way, my leg hurts from being barged, thankyouverymuch.

[identity profile] lil-shepherd.livejournal.com 2013-08-16 07:50 pm (UTC)(link)

Who knows what they're thinking? I used, occasionally, to ride a fat little roan called Honey, who had three paces - shuffle, lope and flat out gallop - and she would walk past tractors without turning a hair, yet a fluttering piece of film on a barbed wire fence and she'd go three feet in the air.

We have looked out our boots and hats which are, stunningly, still useable and are looking forward to meeting the boys!
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[identity profile] flickgc.livejournal.com 2013-08-16 08:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Who knows, indeed.

We've just been out to check on them again and couldn't see tGOtR at all, so it's possible that his owner saw the fuss and decided he should go back inside for the night if he wouldn't calm down.

GB and the baby are still very twitchy, too. I have a light fear that GB's going to manage to barge his way out of the stable in the night. Fingers crossed that he doesn't, although we have at least got a spare stable just in case!

[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_nicolai_/ 2013-08-16 08:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Get Mike a small power screwdriver. Not a giant contractor sized on which will simply drive screws into flatpack furniture and all the way out the other side, but something like this (http://www.diy.com/nav/fix/power-tools/power-screwdrivers/cordless/Bosch-IXO-IV-Cordless-Screwdriver-12297505?skuId=12828211) which is what I've used to assemble a lot (a dozen bookshelves, wardrobe, desk, more shelves, etc) of IKEA furniture over the past year.
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[identity profile] flickgc.livejournal.com 2013-08-16 08:13 pm (UTC)(link)
He already has an electric screwdriver!

[identity profile] daveon.livejournal.com 2013-08-16 08:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Then why does his wrist hurt?
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[personal profile] drplokta 2013-08-17 05:29 am (UTC)(link)
Screws that are too inaccessible to get the electric screwdriver onto, final tightening by hand, and screws tightened while the electric screwdriver needs recharging.

[identity profile] daveon.livejournal.com 2013-08-17 03:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah ha! Two screwdrivers or different designs is my approach, and a spare battery pack AND one of those clever universal joint things.

People keep asking me to build their stuff I had to get creative.

[identity profile] s0b.livejournal.com 2013-08-17 07:39 am (UTC)(link)
There is still torque involved, rather than turning the screwdriver you have to resist the turning of the electric one. s'physics innit

[identity profile] daveon.livejournal.com 2013-08-17 03:41 pm (UTC)(link)
For the large stuff I actually use a hand drill with a screw driver setting so I don't worry about the torque to my wrist as its going through my whole arm with my hand locked in a normal position rather than twisted.