We did a quick inventory of the materials we had available to us. Unfortunately, earlier that day, I had just donated all our extra towels/blankets/quilts to the women's centre store :(! All we had left were a few small cushions and one extra duvet that we kept for guests. We figured that we could somehow duct tape it to the skylights... But just as we were taking the stuff out of the shed, we saw our crashpads!
Crashpads? What are those? Well, they're for bouldering... a form of rock climbing... but not the type with ropes like this:
|tBOY's best friend spotting him in Fontainebleau, France|
|Sometimes you even forget that you have one on...|
tBOY picking and eating berries with a crashpad on his back
|tBOY riding to the boulder, ttDOG trying to keep up|
|Our 6-year-old friend :)!|
So armed with duct tape, a flashlight and our crashpads, we climbed onto the bus (while the winds howled and threatened to blow us off!)
|Main skylight protected!|
|Skylight over our shower|
Apart from the wind, temperatures have been below zero these days. This morning, we woke up and found that part of our water pipe had frozen :(! When tBOY insulated the pipes with heat tape and foam, he knew that there was a small section that might freeze... but because it was an awkward area, we just kept our fingers crossed and hoped for the best. It didn't work :(!
So, tBOY put this little space heater to work on the section that was frozen:
And then we turned the tap on and waited. In about 20 minutes, water started to run again :)! Phew!
Between now and real winter, we have to create a better way to protect the skylights. For now, it is a bit darker in here without the sun shining in through the skylights (since we actually have sun these days!) We also need to find a way to insulate the tiny bit of water pipe to prevent freezing again.
*My friend just called while I was typing this blog entry and told me that we are going to have record cold temperatures this weekend - Eeks! Sigh! I miss hot summer days...
|(Argh! I rotated this in iPhoto... but it remains in the wrong rotation here.... Sigh!)|