Seasonal Almanac

Limit of heat: heaven and earth turn strict (3 of 5)

February 27th, 2009


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The 20 b-grade railway sleepers Redmond ordered were delivered this morning. The plan is to construct raised vegetable beds รก la Pete’s patch (Peter Cundall’s six bed crop rotation system as seen on Gardening Australia). But the terrain of where we live meant that the truck could not back into the driveway. The only solution was for the sleepers to be temporarily dumped across the road and move them manually.

The sleepers are very heavy and even two people could not carry one across the road. Redmond spent the whole day moving them one by one using a sack trolley. Now all 20 of them are neatly stacked on the driveway outside the garage. But how are they going to be transported to the back?

7 Responses to “Limit of heat: heaven and earth turn strict (3 of 5)”

  1. 1 Lucas in Petersham
    February 28th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Through the indentured labour of the combined force of the Illawarra’s current glut of Japanese exchange students?

  2. 2 jolaw
    February 28th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Mmm…. perhaps you have not seen the 26 female and 8 male Dokkyo university students. Our lovely friend, Erina-san, is very hard working, conscientious, and diligent, but… she does seem to lack strength when it comes to pounding spices with mortar and pestle or grinding parmensen cheese onto her pasta…

    Perhaps it would be more useful to advertise this situation as an intellectual challenge – calling for brainacs to solve this problem. We have at our disposal 2 people (not strong enough to lift 1 sleeper off the ground), 2 sack trolleys, 1 wheelbarrow…. How do we move 1 sleeper around the side of the house to the backyard?

  3. 3 Silvia kwon
    March 3rd, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    I think there’s a thing called, a crane?

  4. 4 Silvia kwon
    March 3rd, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    sorry I shouldn’t be so facetious – what about a wheelbarrow??

  5. 5 jolaw
    March 5th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    If we knew a giant, we could get him to pick it up and put it where we want. We don’t though… and the sleepers are still on the driveway….

  6. 6 Lucas in Petersham
    March 8th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    tiny rollers. like a broom handle cut into short sections which go under the log. like the egyptians did when they built the pyramids…

  7. 7 jolaw
    March 8th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Yes, the Egyptians did come to my mind too when thinking about this problem. So you reckon we could just push it along….? We will need someone to act as the gofer to lay the ‘track’… Mmm… could work… But I think we still have a problem of getting the sleeper to the necessary position which may require lifting.