Labouring hard

Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
Trip End Jun 04, 2006

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Saturday, February 4, 2006

Simplicity is genius they say. It's true! I had a great weekend with my old mate Steve. We didn't plan to do anything special, but we chopped a few hundred logs, dug a few holes, pulled out some nails and moved some boxes. Sounds exciting doesn't it? It was cold, damp, the BBC World Service crackled on the radio and there was the odd break for a cuppa tea. I had a wonderful time just chatting while we worked and enjoyed the tangible reward that always accompanies physical labour. It is a nice change from the office anyway.

It was actually a bit more physical than I'd anticipated when the original invitation to "bring your painting clothes" had come. This was more like bring your lumber jack gear, your pneumatic drill and your wrecking ball. It's a huge renovation job to be done on Steve's new house and I was happy to help. I did wonder what I was letting myself in for when I saw the long handled axe come out of the car though and I was wondering even more come Saturday morning when Steve could hardly move when his back turned his face white with pain. Not only was I a one man visiting labour team I was also the baby-sitter as Tess sympathetically eased Steve into the car to go to the doctor. Actually I didn't mind a bit as Hugo was once again delighted to share his vast array of toys with me. I mean as an adult you feel so silly playing with play-dough, but it's quite therapeutic and all the more entertaining when you're trying to follow the instructions of a one and a half year old who's first language isn't English.

So it was that I had a busy weekend working, playing and eating well of an evening. It's always nice to be in new surroundings and to see old friends again. What I'll remember most about this weekend though was that reminder that you don't need to worry about what you do if you're in good and cheerful company because you'll enjoy it anyway. If you're using a few muscles that don't get used sat in the office and can slip your brain into neutral and relax with some easy banter so much the better.
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