I am still on a high about my floors! Plus I have been to the hardware store!
Construction has stalled somewhat on my van. I think some things have become bigger obstacles in my head than they actually were. I put this down to my lack of construction experience (who’d have thought).
But it’s a new year and I have a couple of weeks off work, so now is the time to pull on my boots and get building!
(In the most fashion-forward outfit I can muster, obviously)
So it’s been a tricky few months trying to get project stuff done. The weather has not been great and when it has been ok it seems I’ve been away with work.
But for the past 2 weekends I’ve had TWO WHOLE DAYS to do work. And it has been great getting stuff done. Mostly I’ve been patching holes. And there are lots of holes.
The floor is now solid and sealed – you cannot even see outside! Amazing! And all various screw holes, vent pipes and other random bits are filled.
I even had time to sand and undercoat some walls and paint the whole ceiling. The advantage of a caravan is you don’t need a ladder to paint the ceiling!
I painted one wall blue, which I love. Art will look great on it and it will bring the outside in. The white undercoat looks pretty average, but I think I will leave it white for now, just so there is enough light in my studio. Which actually feels like is not that far away!
I headed into this weekend with two whole days to spend working on my block. Yay!
On Friday night after attending a work function in the next town, I did some late-night shopping at Bunnings. A silk dress and heels is not what I normally wear to buy hardware – I felt like a bit of a weirdo, but there were only about 3 people in store so at least I made things interesting for the poor bored staff. Plus I started Saturday with everything I needed to get stuff done!
When I first starting working on the van, I was too excited to take any photos.
It did not take me long to start pulling things apart. First to go was the end of the u-shaped bench seat. That was quickly followed by layers of vinyl floor covering.
By the time I thought to take any photos, my Dad, nephew and I had pulled out all the soft furnishings, ripped up the flooring, and removed all the cupboard doors.
I took possession of my little block of land in November 2012. Here’s what I found.
The block is bare, except for two caravans and a ‘shower shack’ (I cannot think of a better term). They are set-up well enough that I should be able to renovate them a little.
The block is covered in burrs. It actually used to have a saw mill on it and the clay soil has been neglected for many years (dry and hard – very hard).
But it has a natural slope toward the front of the block and the view is pretty good.
It was some time in my late 20s that I started to daydream about buying a little boat and living in the country, creating my own little gypsy-artist fantasy life. It was the freedom of time that really appealed to me.
I soon discovered though that there are lots of barriers (legal, financial) to living on a boat. Such a pity. I wish we had a community of gypsy boat-people playing Django Reinhardt. Sigh.
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