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RE: Cold weather blues

Subject: RE: Cold weather blues
From: Hare, Gareth
Date: Dec 30 2009 11:42:55
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After the pre-Christmas slow down and the extended Christmas break, I
found myself yesterday frantically trying to get the stove that heats
the office up to a temperature that means it's tolerable for the
sedentary activities that go on in there; sitting at a keyboard not
being conducive to working up a sweat. Naturally most of the decent
firewood has been purloined by the staff so I thought I'd better split
some more.

It's cold so naturally the log-splitter-tractor won't start. The battery
is a good-un so a can of easy start is the answer. Pulled off the top of
the can and put it on the bonnet of the tractor, pulled off the air
cleaner, squirted some stuff in and turned it over. It fired up
instantly and sucked the top of the easy start can straight in so we had
to sop it and go and find something long and bendy to extract the cap
from the depths of the air intake before repeating the performance
keeping firm hold of the top of the can this time!

In the meantime the loading shovel, needed to drag some stuff to the
splitter also wouldn't start, so off to find some jump leads and a
vehicle powerful enough to generate enough power to start that thing.
(The tractor attached to the log-splitter doesn't actually move unless
we detach the splitter). Which in turn had to jump start a mate's
tractor that had been parked in the middle of the drive, obstructing the
route to the log heap. Managed to split some firewood eventually but the
wood-miser saw bench, that was needed to mill some Larch, also wouldn't
start, and of course the battery for that was only accessible after some
extensive removal of sawdust-encrusted casings with inaccessible nuts
and bolts.

I like this cold weather; the muddy yard is actually like concrete which
means life is a little less messy for a while but it has its
downsides.....

Just thought I'd share my frustrations with you; you can feel all smug
(snug even) in your nice warm offices! Those of you that have turned up
for work obviously.

ATB and compliments of the season.

Bill.



That's real man-hairy chest-ice in yer beard kind of stuff though Bill.
Be glad that you have your own yard full of wondrous things like loading
shovels and wood misers. Your life would be poorer (spiritually
speaking) if it wasn't there.

Regards

Gareth

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