Three weeks into NaNoWriMo 2015, and clearly it is time to interact with the real world again, just for a bit. Actually, I had known for sometime that I would be doing this in November so tried to be ahead of the daily word count before setting off.
The task in question was to re-purpose Sister-of-Snail’s metal shed thing at the end of her garden. SOS has done absolutely incredible things with this garden, putting the edible in incredible in fact. The metal shed was to be transformed into a fruit cage, because the fruit in Shropshire is vicious and needs to be contained (I am guessing that’s the reason and I was once savaged by a damson so know about such things).
In fact, when it came to it, the removal of the metal panels was not difficult at all – just two bolts gave us grief, but we didn’t have to resort to too much brute force and ignorance (which is a shame because I have the latter in spades). The local inhabitants were unhappy at the whole affair, but ran off (so I’m told, I was too busy running in the other direction to notice).
After a day of toil (OK, leisurely DIY), we were joined by the rest of family highbankcottage and topped off the day with a wonderful community meal around SOS’s kitchen table. Lots of pizza and wine (not for tiddly highbankcottage though, she hates pizza, er, I mean, she wasn’t allowed wine) were consumed, and it was so nice to sit down with your fellow toilers and shoot the breeze for a few hours. I guess it’s what community is all about.
Next morning, I woke to the sound of Niece-of-Snail painting the framework (OK, I didn’t, she doesn’t paint that noisily). I wrote a few hundred words for NaNoWriMo, but actually wanted to continue with the re-purposing activities. There were two – remove the section of frame inside the soon-to-be fruit cage and see if the recycled mesh (from highbankcottage) could be persuaded to stay on the walls.
I returned to Chez Snail on the Monday, feeling quite satisfied at the weekend’s results. On the Tuesday, I started on NaNoWriMo and found that I had renewed energy to direct towards the story. Clearly having a break and doing something completely different with my brain did it, and the writing, some good. Five days later, the 50,000 words were written and the fruit cage was still upright. No doubt I will help to put the rest of the mesh up over the next couple of months – there’s no rush for that yet.
A Happy Gang at the end of the day
*Next door is a primary school with a giant Connect 4 set that Mr HighBankCottage was coveting. The Connect 4, not the school. It was a struggle to stop him climbing over for a game, as if taking a shed apart wasn’t entertainment enough.