And so. Weary to the bone again. We have been busy busy busy. Painting continues. Poor Tim has been kicked out of the bakery and into the cold so I could work on painting the main floor area. The weather last week was warmer than it is today, and he happily built himself a workbench in the carport, and set to work wearing his new welding helmet to build the door frame for the oven, complete with counterweighted door. Tim also took another trip to Prince George (just over two hours’ drive away) to bring home another load of fire bricks for the oven. Only two hundred more to go!
The main part of the week for me was spent on my hands and knees in the bakery – painting the floor, checks and all: this involved filling holes, sanding, priming, sanding again, painting two coats of the base colour (grey), measuring and drawing lines, taping the squares that will be blue (green), painting the first blue (green) coat, removing the tape while the paint is still wet, painting the second coat of blue (green) free hand, then applying three coats of protective clear coat over it all. All the while keeping the whole area free of dust, hair, specks of dirt, bugs, and other random tidbits that love to get stuck in paint. It was reasonably easy to guilt my friend Yael into helping for a day: these silly checks were her idea in the first place.
We did take time two days ago to go for a seven-hour cross-country ski trip with a group of friends along the historic Cariboo Waggon Road (yes, it is spelt like that) from Barkerville to Stanley. The “wagon road” is just wide enough to ski on today, a straight cut through the lichen-covered trees, the route sometimes hard to find with all the deadfall blocking the way. We were blessed with lovely soft snow on top of a supportive snowpack. The trail-breaking was easy and pleasurable, though my legs are still a little stiff two days hence! Sorry, I have no photos for you though there were a lot of great photos taken by the group.