There is the expensive way of doing something, which is sometimes the easiest way, and then there is the FH way.
We have to resurrect an old chook house in order to move some of the chooks onto some fresh ground, but there are parts of the house which are beyond repair - the floor and the roof. The easy thing to do would just be to buy a new little house, probably for about £100. It would come flat-packed and I would spend an afternoon with an allen key and put it together, like I did the last one I bought, several years ago. But we are doing it the FH way, so one day last week, we made the floor. Today, we made most of the roof, and we have it ready to felt tomorrow. Then we have to find some new hinges, repair the nest box area in the house, and put it all back together - it is sectional.
The FH hasn't been doing anything in his workshop for the best part of a year, and so it comes hard to him, especially at this time of the year when it is cold. So I am required to be there to help him, and I am pleased to be there, because it IS for MY chooks, when all is said and done. BUT there is a good deal of moaning, muttering, the odd cussing, and lots of generally dismal thoughts shared. Just keeping the positive mood in the room is hard work, even before I hammer a nail too close to my fingernail...
I don't think I would have been good enough a carpenter to work with Noah on his ark, but the way the rain keeps coming down, I am sure someone must have thought about building another one somewhere very soon. I am sure that the poor people living on the Somerset Levels must be wishing for some kind of rescue vessel.
I have been reading Elaine at MFin3 today about making dulce de leche in her pressure cooker, and I am sure that a pressure cooker will be on my shopping list by Christmas. They seem incredibly useful, but since neither my granny nor my mother had one, they are beyond my sphere of experience and I seem to be managing quite well without one so far. I shall think about that one some more. I dare say that some of you would recommend them - has anyone had any bad experiences with a modern one?
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