A number of motobloggers, me included; have made recent posts with some degree of philosophising about life in general, thanks to the nightmare of 2020. Call it a mental recalibration about priorities, if you like. I've certainly been thinking about "where to from here" more than usual, probably because I'm 74 this year.
Learning new skills is always uplifting, no matter what the subject matter. Sometimes it's a matter of necessity, sometimes just for fun. I've long wanted to go back to uni to attend U3A (University of the 3rd Age) lectures for senior citizens in philosophy, archaeology or similar; simply out of interest in doing something different. My last formal academic stint was a postgrad diploma in quality assurance systems back in 1990 which was necessary for a major company project but bloody hell, it was terminally boring! Unfortunately, where we live now involves a 4 hour round trip to the nearest university campus to attend U3A courses so attendance would be a real hassle. On-line courses just aren't the same. Back to the drawing board for something new and enjoyable then....
Regular readers will have seen the previous post which included a bit of garden landscaping whilst lockdown and its aftermath was in full swing. Construction of a flight of steps and a decently-formed path through part of the garden was really enjoyable and also showed that with a modest number of woodworking tools, it was possible to get pretty good results with a bit of thought and planning. Our eldest son thought he could leverage the newly-acquired skills and enthusiasm to his advantage and asked me to build a 1600mm x 1100mm substantial gate between the garage and fence at his house. He's flat out with a young family so it would be good to help him out.
Having never built a gate before, the wondrous YouTube was consulted and there was a great "how to" video by local hardware chain Mitre 10. Some of the rebating involved the use of a dropsaw which I don't have. However, careful use of my circular saw and a razor sharp chisel was a great substitute once I'd got the idea. Didn't have big sash clamps either but a pair of vehicle ratchet tie downs were a perfect substitute - yayy!!!