The kids are on school holidays for two weeks and, as usual, we are hanging about; watching cartoons, messing about in the garden and being super competitive about sports. Well, Wii sport anyway.
We have had a few lovely days weatherwise, but today was ferociously windy and sporadically rainy, ruining our plans for a bike ride. Stuck inside instead, we spent the morning laughing ourselves silly while jumping about the lounge room doing our best not to break things, or each other, while playing Wii Sports to the death. 😀
After our arms were worn out from all the flailing about the boys went off to make lunch and I dragged my latest purchase for the garden out of the back of my car.
Yesterday I bought a 120 litre wheelie bin with a tap at the bottom for catching rainwater and emptying my washing machine into so I could re-use the water on the garden. I have a long grey-water hose that I usually attach to the washing machine to direct the water onto the bits I want watered, but the garden I need the water for has expanded well beyond the reach of it. Last summer I spent time racing back and forth with buckets and watering cans while the machine emptied but I have decided that I should be better organised this time!
Once I got the bag of bits out of the bottom of the bin to put the lid and wheels on and the tap in I realised I had a problem. Bin deep, arms short. How was I going to get the tap screwed up tightly on the inside while holding the bit straight on the outside?
Actually, thanks to the school holidays I had the perfect thing to help me get it done. Son Number 2.
Number 2 is small and dexterous and when I asked if I could put him in the bin to do it up for me he jumped at the chance. After all, how often do we get to see the inside of a shiny clean bin? Usually they are coated in the icky stuff that has escaped from bin liners and horrible enough for the lid kept tightly shut at all times!
I lowered him in, and Number 2 had the tap screwed on in no time. He saved me the embarrassment of the neighbours seeing me leaning too far while doing it and falling into the bin headfirst… Thanks kiddo! 😀