Saturday, May 17, 2014

Merik-es Thooli-es (some jobs)

Just as a slight release from editing boredom I thought I’d do a post about some of the things I’ve been up to over the last few weeks – those things that don’t involve me tramping miles across the mountains. I recently took away a metal table of Jean-Pierre’s to tidy up. It was painted white but rusty. I started by wire brushing off the loose paint but soon realised that the whole lot would have to come off.

Down in a local hardware store I found some powerful paint stripper and used that (some advice for the uninitiated: never wire brush while the paint stripper is still active as it’s like getting the spatter from a chip fryer over your arms and face). Still, even with the stripper it took a lot of work to get the thing down to base metal.

 
Next the primer coats then the final coats of white paint, which can be a bugger if you’re using a brush and not a spray can.


 
It had been suggested that I do this table because of what I did with my gate. This two tone result was because I’d run low on green paint and had a can of black I’d bought from Lidl a while back.
 

Having got into table mode I turned my attention to an old kafenion table I’d retrieved from a dump many years ago (Caroline walking a few paces away from me and pretending she didn’t know me). After my first attempt at tidying it up it ended up under layers of brown wood stain. Then, after a couple of winters outside, that was peeling and all its parts were coming loose. This is not finished yet – lots of rubbing down is required along with another coat of white and a thick coat of varnish on top.


 
Meanwhile I went to help out a friend (Hi Chris) cut down masses of bamboo on his property and feed it into a shredder. This seemed a shame when 10-foot lengths of bamboo would cost a small fortune in England if you could obtain them at all, but here they are an annoying weed. After that job I took away some bamboo for myself and am now using it to rebuild an arbour-type arch affair I gave up on growing grapes over and am now training a rosemary bush over.

 
So there you have it: I’ve been a busy bee. Now back to that damned editing.

13 comments:

Ian Campbell said...

Whatcha editing? :-D

Looks like you are also a proficient DIY practitioner, if you're passing through Scotland I have a few jobs for you!
Is that the back end of a dog in the red bed?

Craddmeister said...

Handy man to boot!...

Neal Asher said...

I'm going through the line edit of Dark Intelligence,Ian.

I think that is a dog's bed there but no dog in it.

Craddmeister, yup, I'm not one of these effete prat writers who's pround not to know how to rewire a 3-pin plug.

Sean said...

Looks like some nice work there Neal!
Eagerly awaiting your next book :)

Andrew said...

You make me feel lazy just by reading it!

Good work on the table.

Neal Asher said...

Sean, it's on its way. I believe the release date is February for Dark Intelligence. I'm back in England then so maybe there will be some signings on the cards for the first time in 6 years.

Andrew, I am one of those people who cannot stay in one place doing nothing unless that nothing involves numbing my brain with booze and nicotine. And more than ever I have realised that life is too short to sit and watch the world go by.


Ian Campbell said...

Ahem..... Tour signings? Scotland? Ahem......
Also, sussed out how to sign kindle editions????

Neal Asher said...

With a soldering iron, Ian.

Ian Campbell said...

In that case paperback will do nicely!
You must work flexible hours, up at 2.37…

Neal Asher said...

4.37 - I'm on Crete remember.

Ian Campbell said...

Oh well that's ok then... Most people I know are usually up by then....... Or not...
Have you divulged anything about next book I've missed? Part of a series etc?

Ian Campbell said...

Gone native?

Kirby Uber said...

god, and you are handy. my hood of my car doesn't close all the way now, for some reason, and i've made an appointment for a garage to fix it as all i have accomplished in the task is denting the hood mildly, and cutting myself moderately.