First things first, this week I tried every day getting an Internet connection going, but it appears that with all the overcast weather, rain and wind, that I shouldn’t bother trying. It only seems to work when we have clear skies.
Yeah, tough week for Beni, I can tell you. I worked Mon-Fri at a renovation site, at a nice lady with manicured, beautiful gardens. In return, I get to take some double doors, windows and some odd, left-ofter building material like planks, copper pipes etc. And a 4×4 truck to bring things onto my site. The work was okay, nice atmosphere and manual labor is great in the way that after 5 hours of working you can see progress and see what you have achieved. It usually is more than you thought. I did some site clearing and heaps of gardening. I don’t have my car at the moment, thus am using my MTB bike. It is good! I’m getting fitter everyday, and people see me on my push-bike, in my mud-covered work-clothes and gumboots struggling up and down the coast. Earning respect points with some locals. I am meeting islanders on the renovation site and on the roads. My other ‘next-door’ neighbor is also a good dude, he is holding his eyes out for a puppy for me. He owns 5 dogs, is a hunter and yeah a good guy.
The weather has been rough as well. 40 knts of winds from almost any direction, changing every 10 minutes and gusting around 55 knts (1 knt equals here approx 1.85 km/hour). It’s been raining too, not constantly but frequent showers that, together with the wind, seem to be coming at you horizontally at times. So yeah, all a bit tough going, It takes me around 20 minutes to get up my own driveway with the bike. Going down is another story. It takes around 5 min if you gun it, and you pick up a great speed on the bike. Wednesday I went for dinner to friends, got a bit drunk and decided I had to go home. BRING a TORCH to GBI! I couldn’t see a thing, even with a torch… hehe. Took me 1 hour to make the 5 km journey home.
The mood is very good though. I’ve finished my part of the agreement and will be getting my building material next week or so. I started the Tuesday with stepping onto a nail. Ooooh yeah, baby! A warm, slightly pleasant sensation went from my foot through my spine; after a few seconds, it wasn’t that pleasant anymore. I had to pull my foot and boot out of the nail. Was lucky though, as the nail only pierced sideways through my big toe and the wound was bleeding.
I cleaned up the gutters around my A-Frame I am camping in. Yesterday, the wind was ripping through it and a strong gust picked up the door – my good mate StorySean gave it to me for good luck -, which weighs around 60 kg and hauled it onto the ground. This was after I cleaned up endless pieces of broken glass from my porch. Now, I’ve got some more…
I’ve got the whole weekend to do some work on my own site. Gonna fix the roof, some sheets are about to come off, there are also some holes. Gonna get the weed-eater out and clear out a couple more sections. Gonna find me more rocks, there seems to be an endless supply, to build me a bit of a walkway from the A-Frame down to the shed. It is a muddy mess at the moment and I suppose a good time to hammer those stones into the ground. Hopefully, I’ll get to clean downstairs too.
Yesterday I woke up to see this:
So it appears that I have some rats like everyone else on the island. But I also have a deadly weapon.
Finally, I need some advice on pruning. I keep finding more and more fruit and other trees I cannot identify – think there are around 20 of such trees. I will start posting pictures of them – it is winter here -, perhaps some of you can help me identifying them. If you know of a good site (gardening etc.) where I can read up on pruning trees, please leave a reply.
It’ll keep hauling for another 4-5 days according to the marine radio. I’m looking forward to fishing. Once the wind is gone, the swell is gone, the fish will be close in and on the bite like Mumu Johnson, when he sees a burger shop.