This tree did not offer any assistance while I unloaded 160 concrete paving blocks from the trailer.
Anyway, it was good exercise. The blocks are destined to add on to the “patio” I built a few years ago – a path along the south side of the lower part of Arthur’s house. This is the first time where I happened to be at the hardware store at a time when they had these concrete pavers in stock – generally they are “out”.
I had a rather distressing adventure on the way back from the hardware store. I had bought some clear plastic PVC panels to use as roofing/siding on a putative new storage shed I hope to build this summer – this would be to replace the destroyed “storage tent” (AKA “studio”) from last winter. Here is what they look like:
I had put some of the concrete bricks on the panels in the trailer, thinking that would anchor them well enough, but a gust of wind blew about 10 of them out of the trailer as I drove home. It took me a few minutes to realize what had happened, and a few more minutes to get turned around (driving with the trailer, after all). And after I’d turned around, this truck goes zooming by with what very much appeared to be the lost panels panels sticking out of the back of the truck. “Hey!” I called, jumping and waving. But the truck didn’t stop. I went back to where they’d blown out, just to check. No lost PVC panels in sight. I guess that truck had stopped and picked them up.
And no one waiting anywhere along the way with my lost panels. I was feeling a bit disconsolate. I put out to a few people I know that I’d lost the panels (Penny, Jan), and posted a “Lost” notice on facebook (which entailed me logging on to facebook, which always feels like I’m breaking with some strongly held moral stand, though really it’s not).
Finally, around 6 PM, I got a call from a neighbor-down-the-road, who put me in touch with another Port Saint Nick denizen over on the north side, who turned out to have my panels. So tomorrow I’ll rendezvous with that person to get my panels, hopefully. My faith in humanity is restored.
[UPDATE 2022-06-27 for the curious: Yes, I got them back the next morning. I will use them to build a storage shed which has the potential to become an additional greenhouse, i.e. because it has the clear panels for the roof and siding.]
[daily log: walking, 7km; dogwalking, 3km; c110058061084s]