Needed: someone with visual-spatial skills....
Jean · Nov. 6, 2006
...or at least a brain that hasn't turned to mush.
Carol and I looked at the barn yesterday and figured out a way to install a gate that could block off Carl's old alcove to make a stall for the sheep, but could also swing across the barn "aisle" to produce one larger pen that includes the area right in front of Petunia's stall.
So this morning (during the monsoon) we load up the gate at my place and drag it into the SAINTS barn. Once again, we discuss how it will be installed, and I truck off to pick up a few things I'll need. By the time I get back, Carol has gone to her paid job and I set to work installing the gate. Two more trips to the building supply place (one of these days I'll be able to envision all the screws, washers, and other hardware I need before I actually begin the task), several very soggy jackets later, and a satisfying couple of hours in the barn with Petunia to entertain me (today she settled in Spritely's stall), and the gate was in place across one dimension, and I was preparing the wall for the second latch on the other dimension when Carol came home on her lunch hour. She and I worked at making the necessary alterations when suddenly it hit her: the sheep were going to have to bend their fat, wooly bodies into a 45 degree angle in order to get into their stall - the gate permitted people to get around it, but sheep???? Aaaacckkk!
Good thing we both have a sense of humour. I took down the gate while she ran off to pick up Thomas from the vet, and by the time she returned the gate was an ordinary single-purpose gate closing off Carl's alcove for the sheep.
So much for creative ideas and multi-purpose gates. Unless we get some sheep that are hinged in the middle, we better keep our construction efforts simple!
I can't wait to see what Carol's designed for me to build in the rabbit room!