Sunday 8 May 2022

Stressful afternoon

We had a very peaceful morning as we packed the car full of stuff and plants last night, so all that we had to do was to get up and then drive down to Bath.

It was a bit of a wrench to leave the garden, particularly as the iris display was trying hard to emulate the famous Van Gogh painting.

Well, in my imagination anyway. I also had to leave the amazing mangave plant that has suddenly sent up a giant spike, and I am really excited to see what is going to happen to it.

Unfortunately there isn't room for it in the car so I will have to wait until I get back to find out. 

Anyway, on the drive down we arranged to buy and collect two large corten metal screens that Darren found on Facebook marketplace. 

We tied old curtains around the carry bars on the top of the car and set off for Chipping Sodbury, which was a half hour drive away. Once there we handed over the £100 in cash and then found out that the screens were unbelievably heavy. 

We dragged them out on to the road and eventually managed to hoist them on top of the car. It took ages to tie them on to the roof, and because we couldn't get the rope underneath them we had to tie it through the inside of the car.

Terrified we set off, accompanied by dodgy sounding scraping noises and we had to stop part way along the route as the load suddenly moved. Finally we breathed again as we arrived home. We managed to roll the top one off the car, but it was too heavy for me, and we just missed it going through the back windscreen.

I couldn't cope with the idea of lifting off the last piece so I went to find our lovely, strong neighbour called Simon who helped Darren lift it off and then carried it on his own, and for some reason barefoot, down the garden for us.

Just got to decide what to do with then now. 

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