The Junkyard Smoke Bloke

Month: June 2017

Environmental Health Officer

Yesterday Wurz called up Colchester’s E.H.O to talk about registering us and Martin called him back within an hour or so.  He said he could come take a look at what are doing, to give us some pointers even though we are not ready yet.  Wurz is used to Westminster E.H.O and was not expecting anyone to be that helpful so jumped at the chance of free advice, but couldn’t help feeling a bit nervous because it is still EHO.

Martin was lovely though and gave loads of advice and answered all of Wurz’ questions.  I didn’t have any because this is new to me.  We just have to call him once we start working and he will come down and check us out during a service.

Screws coming through my wall

We noticed that the cladding was bowing a bit so Wurz put in another row of screws yesterday.  That was all good until I went in the trailer this morning and saw a lovely line of screw spikes coming right through my wall.  I think of this as my wall because I have fixed and painted it far too many times already.  It took my breath away and needed a couple of minutes to absorb it before calling him over to take a look.

Wurz put in different screws and I got to work on fixing it up again.

Lovely black roof

One top corner has leaked again and this is getting on my last nerve.  It’s a lot less water than before but how freaking annoying!  We have sealed it inside, outside and upside down but some sneaky hole is left somewhere and we have had enough of this game.  We can’t let it continue because it will ruin all the work we have done, we’ll have a manky, mouldy trailer and get shut down by EHO before we even get started.

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Clean up and rest

The soft opening shed light on a few areas that need finishing or sorting out.  For example we noticed the plastic above the cooking area had warped because it wasn’t fastened enough at the bottom so hot air had got under it.  We’ll have to get another, maybe thicker one and fasten it a lot better at the bottom.

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The soft opening

The trailer and hay bales in the gardenHay bales in our gardenThe trailer was full of food and booze, the house, shiny clean and the bales of hay placed around the garden with multi coloured fabrics on top.

It was a really nice day and everyone enjoyed the food.  I was surprisingly chilled out considering I only had 2 small drinks, I don’t think I did much work though.  Wurz made sure everything went smoothly even though he’d had rather more to drink, he is a true professional lol.

Wurz and Shan in the trailerShan & Wurz busy serving a 'customer'Wurz busy in trailerShan & Bry sitting on the hay Read More

“Let’s just move the trailer”

We went food shopping then Wurz prepped some while I popped here and there and tied up some loose ends ready for tomorrow, including cleaning my filthy, neglected house.

The trailer and a lovely specimen treeLate afternoon we started moving the trailer up the garden but the jockey wheel got stuck in the grass.  This created a huge saga which lasted 4 hours.  It included 2 trips to Homebase, resulted in a specimen tree I loved being cut down in the prime of it’s life, dangerously deep holes in the grass, the trailer being back where it started and the jockey wheel broke, again.  We are both so tired I can’t be bothered to go into the story of it, but with 25 people coming tomorrow we certainly could of done without it, and poor old Wurz still has cooking to do.

This photo shows the tree before it met a premature end.

We love the decals

The vinyl decals came yesterday and someone fixed them on for us this morning.  We were both nervous that something would be wrong but they are so cool and we are so relieved.  We had to let Lou know asap too because I think she felt responsible and was as nervous as us.

The back of the trailer with the decalThe trailer with the cladding and decal on the hatch




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