2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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6:20am Saturday morning and no longer have a screw loose

It’s 6:20am Saturday, and I am ready to go. I no longer have a screw loose. Last night I sorted all of my stainless or zinc coated screws and bolts into their own little sections in one of those multi-zoned containers, in readiness for a big day ahead. Joshua, my three year old, helped out for a little while before it all started becoming a game. Suddenly my bolt/washer/nut combos were appearing with multiple nuts and washers.

This week has been busy with work and really no time to work on the van, except for the odd little bit here and there. But in readiness for a busy Saturday, I have cleaned up the garage (again), purchased some timber and other hardware and sought advice from the experts. Tony Biggs and Dick Harding from Stirling Caravan Services in the UK have been incredible – a hand-drawn cross-section diagram of how to put the corners back together, with step-by-step instructions. These guys have already shown me that there is a small band of people who are enthusiasts in old vans, and they don’t mind giving a bit of free advice to an Australian in possession of one of their English beauties.

I also had to have some timber shaped to Imperial sizes. The horizontal joist that is quite crucial to this work was 78mm x 25mm and in metric Australia unobtainable. But the local timberyard were great in cutting some hardwood lengths back for me. I will now be installing Tasmanian oak (hardwood) joists that are exactly the same Imperial sizes as used in England in the 1960s.

So on that note, I am going to roll up the garage door and get cracking. It’s a beautiful day here in my part of the world. Not a cloud in the sky and heading for 25 degrees.