Monday, November 20, 2006

Batwoman… or a monkey?

No, no, I don’t have the intention to fly around rescuing people in distress, dressed like the female equivalent of Batman.

I was more thinking about the Bat as an animal. I am very fond of these little creatures. We have quite a few of them in my village. They live in the old vicarage and come out during the evening.

My view from my little backyard is fields and of course Friesian cows. There is a ditch in between the field and my garden and this combination attracts mosquitos. And they attract Bats. And they attract me.
I like to view them on their hunt for food. They come quite close to catch the insects and seem not be bother by my presence.

During the Summer in Sweden, being in the Lake with my ears just above the surface, I can hear the sound they make to locate the insects.

Right now it is too cold for the Bats although you can still see them occasionally on a warmer evening.
But over the weekend, I have been acting like a Bat. No… I don’t eat insects (and they don’t eat me). Let me explain.

I have spent most of the weekend insulating the last part of my top floor and this is a slope roof all the way to the floorboards.
I am gluing the insulation tiles and need to hold them in place for a few minutes before I can move on to the next one. The best way to do this is pushing them against the roof lying on your back, using hands and feet.
A 'serious' business and with nothing on my mind for a few minutes, I suddenly pictured myself and thought I must look like a Bat hanging upside down. Waiting for the twilight to go out hunting, my wings nicely folded around my body, my toenails holding on to the roof.

Or did I look more like a Monkey? Or just a hardworking woman…. or maybe someone in the middle of the evolution process?

Anyway, the transformation of my top floor into a bedroom is progressing nicely and steadily. The first beams will be painted tonight and the side boards for the storage area need to be ready at the end of the week.


Anyone reading this feeling bored, ready for a building job? Volunteers welcome…

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ike - where do you get the time and energy to do all these great things?
Let me have your secret!
Norman

Ike Roelfsema said...

This is my typical Autumn "problem" :-)
An explosion of energy.

Time is a different question though!