Long covid had left me breathless even walking at normal speed. Pushing that envelope, my breathing has eased and now I can work as I used to. Although I’m overweight and unfit, working yesterday and today to the point of exhaustion, has given me a new lease on life. My hands and fingers ache, as does my back, but that fades when I think of the achievement, the goal I’m striving toward.
My father, 80 this year, helped to cut the carpet we used as hotspot tape, gave sage advice and really helped in the whole process. Rory, my son, is generous with his time and I love bouncing ideas off him. He has a dry sense of humour that is incredibly funny. Lynda our neighbor, who has also struggled with depression has been a stalwart, and Lewiss her son, helped out too. Fraser, who lives with the kids next door, is ever upbeat and worked really hard.
In the time it took us to put the cover on, the temperature inside the tunnel was about 40C and outside was just 10C with a wind that could cut a nipple off. I can’t wait to see what happens tonight when the temperature drops to freezing.
On a final note, the cover was supplied by First Tunnels. Their calculator is great, their packing and posting ensures the cover arrives in good shape and they threw in an extra meter. The cover itself seems great and I look forward to ordering more covers.