GRAYnomad Nature Photography :: The GRAYnomad Chronicles :: #081



How's that isolation working out for you?

It's made almost no difference to us. Chris hasn't left the block in weeks anyway, I did last month but only to buy building materials, so I haven't needed to go out for some time now given that the gallery where I volunteer is closed. Also, for a couple of years now we've made a deliberate effort to reduce our dependence on "the system". Not that we're even close to being independent and probably never will be, but we're a lot closer to that state than most people.

I'm just getting the things done, which is good.

Till next time then, and remember,

Don't Dream it, Be it!

Mon 20 Apr 2020

The new wall is finished, time to start fitting out the inside. I want to turn the previously chaotic pile of crap into an organized pile of crap.

To do this I need shelves, and plenty of them.


Tue 21 Apr 2020

As you may remember I put more sump oil around the base of the wall's posts. The new bottom shelf will cover that up but I want to be able to inspect the post base in future so I make an inspection hatch.


Wed 22 Apr 2020

This section of the shelving is pretty much finished. I will leave the center "bay" clear to be a small bench area for battery charging, sorting junk etc. So I jury rig a light in that position.


Sun 26 Apr 2020

The shelving is all done now and I've started moving junk from the workshop. Some day I'll pull boxes out one at a time and see what's inside them, then try to get the content organized. But for now at least a heck of a lot of stuff has moved off the workshop floor.


This area is L-shaped and here we see the view looking the other way. The space where I am currently storing some ply sheets will soon become a proper storage rack for ply and steel.


And speaking of steel. In return for helping a friend clean up her back yard I got most of the steel she had lying around.


This is the main reason I need to make a storage rack. So I'll probably need to use half the steel I got to make a storage rack for it .

Sat 2 May 2020

I told you I would make holes for the generator exhausts and I am a man of my word.


You may have noticed four bar stools on the top shelf in one of the photos above. I have no use for bar stools and do have several wheels that I also have no use for.

Hmmm, I wonder.


Yep, I think I'll make four of these and place them around the fire up at the "guest quarters". They won't like being out in the weather so I will also need to make some form of storage for them out there as well, maybe some 44-gallon drums cut in half or something.

The next project is to make some wicking beds, I'll start by cutting in half the two IBCs we have no further use for.


Some of the steel I got the other day is very long, 6 or so meters in length. That needs to be stored as well and I have a good idea that can be done in just an hour or so that will get these lengths off the ground. With just three cross members in the unused space at the top of the wood shed I have some brand new steel storage.


You wouldn't think that I'd cleared a lot of stuff from the workshop floor eh? It's still something of a shitheap in here, but I'll get there one day.


Sun 3 May 2020

Meanwhile back at the wicking beds, I've now cut the IBCs in half and placed them out in front of the container I call the "shed". That area gets sun for most of the day so it should be a good spot for a garden.




Date  ::   06 Aug 2020
Name  ::   Colin Todd
Location  ::   Werribee Victoria.
Comment  ::   Hey mate, what a fascinating site.Did not know I had it on my favourites list. Just found you by accident. Well done and well lived by the look of things.
Date  ::   06 Aug 2020
Name  ::   GRAYnomad
Comment  ::   Thanks Colin, we try not to be normal as much as possible. For the last 20 or so years I think we've succeeded
Date  ::   05 Jul 2021
Name  ::   Dains
Location  ::   Wollongong
Comment  ::   "generator exhausts" all it needs now is : and an ) the right way round. It's been a while but I'm a fan girl reading and living vicariously in Chris' shoes
Date  ::   05 Jul 2021
Name  ::   GRAYnomad
Comment  ::   Yeah, I should paint a face on the tin eh? I really need to write an update.

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