It was all hands on deck today. Yesterday was a day of preparation for today and we were totally blessed with two not-raining days. The sun shone but this close to the solstice it’s so low in the sky and every year it surprises me how it just skirts the trees. A day of long shadows….
Due to a mouse-chewed, leaky tarp and the extreme general wetness here, we had to scrape ice off the yurt base on both mornings before I could start work, but I had a great ice-scraper in the form of a small boy on a mission.
We started at first light, with the sun still low in the sky and he scraped while I swept in the hope we could get the sodden wood to dry out.
The slowest job of the day was measuring and cutting the moisture barrier/insulating layer. I’m still not sure how it took so long and I ran out of duck tape right near the end (make your own noise of extreme frustration here) but was saved by my dear friend at Misty Cottage Crafts who just happened to stop by with 5 rolls of gorilla tape (today’s saviour no. 1).
The next step involved logistics. Builders’ van manoeuvres (blocking the drive but didn’t want to disturb them) and a keen effort to not have to hitch the trailer to the long-wheel-based landrover to make a nightmare succession of unsatisfactory 10-point turns. The yurt parts were too heavy/long/unwieldy for the wheelbarrow and one person. It turned out there was an easier way and they were happy to help out….
Two of my lovely builders (SP Contracts, in case you ever need some work done, but you’ll have to wait til we’re done here!) transported the yurt in its disassembled form from the woodshed to the yurt base (today’s saviours no. 2 and 3).
I am left wondering if I need a builders van instead of a trailer. There’s definitely an argument for a short-wheel base either way.
Some generous and strong help, late in the day from my farmer friend and the amazing diggerman (today’s saviours no. 4 and 5) who were both working nearby and popped down, and the kids (who definitely helped more than they hindered, despite being tired, hungry and teazy) and the late arrival of my other half (having escaped the work phone) meant we had enough hands to make it happen. We finished after dark and having only seen the yurt put up once (when my belly was the size of a house) it was a little like the Krypton Factor (if you’re old enough to remember) but in the dark. No mean feat.
It will definitely need some daylight tweaking and tugging, but against so many odds – the weather primarily – it’s up! I hope its still up in the morning…..
(ssshhhhh, who said that?)
Part 2 of the plan can commence tomorrow with stove and flue installation and laying of the floor covering. And we need a little help from another friend in the know, to fix in the serge (wool) linings to keep us warm. Figuring that out was beyond me completely, tonight, in the dark!
With luck, we will be moved in with enough time to get a Christmas tree up and make it festive for the kids! Please keep everything tightly crossed for us or Santa will never let us forget!