Effort and reward

Yesterday, we got a Tardis pothole.

By this, I mean it looked small and innocuous but was e.n.o.r.m.o.u.s underneath. The visible hole was about the size of my head. The erosion underneath was the size of a big truck tyre. The cause was erosion from below, where water flow over time had eaten away the rocks and road base surrounding the two huge concrete pipes that form the span of the causeway bridge over the flood drain at the front of our property. Suffice to say that we needed quick-set concrete, chicken wire reinforcement, rocks and crushed concrete roadbase to fix it. There was grovelling on our stomachs in the dirt, and digging, and getting wet and muddy, and shovelling rocks, and yes, you guessed it, a sore back. It was urgent, though, as the causeway bridge is our only way in and out of the property. We’re due a big blow and very wet weather tonight and tomorrow thanks to the former Tropical Cyclone Owen weather system, so we couldn’t leave it or we might have lost the whole bridge from more erosion as the drain fills and flows faster. But we got it done this morning, and we’ve made a good job of it.

And then after that, there was quilting another row of blocks on Go Teal it on the Mountain. I’m really loving how the quilting looks on all those beautiful mountain blocks. Once I’ve sandwiched the front, batting and backing together, I just put my 60° triangular ruler onto the block, apex at the centre top, and draw a single line bottom left to centre top and down again to bottom right. I quilt that in, and then all subsequent lines are done by running the edge of the walking foot 3/8 inch from the previous line. No measuring, no marking. Quick and easy.

And our reward for all this effort?

Steak for dinner, and these babies. Not my most elegant baking result, but the taste is what matters, wouldn’t you agree?

I’m going to get a lot of satisfaction driving over our bridge in future, knowing it’s full of rocks and concrete we put there ourselves, and is nice and solid 🙂

30 thoughts on “Effort and reward

  1. tialys says:

    Is this the present house or the new house? – I’m getting confused.
    Simple quilting can be just as effective as the fancy stuff I feel – which is good because simple quilting is what I can do – and sometimes less is more.
    I would definitely agree that it’s the taste that matters. You wouldn’t win any prizes on the Great British Bake Off these days but then it’s gone a bit wild and you have to be able to make chandeliers out of biscuits and a big chocolate ball which melts when you pour hot sauce on it to reveal the cake within. Simple really 😱

    • katechiconi says:

      This is the present house. We don’t settle on the new one till the end of February. After that, there’s going to be a period of going to and fro while we upgrade some stuff in the new place and tidy up the old one, but as they’re only 10km apart it won’t be a big problem.
      The nice thing about these cupcakes is that we had no qualms about tearing into them, on account of them not being terribly elegant. Chocolate buttercream is chocolate buttercream, no matter how fancy the piping. And you’re right about simple quilting. Plus it’s quicker. Got another row prepped to be quilted tomorrow. It’ll be all done by the end of the weekend, and then I can start assembling.

  2. Repairing bridges, painting details on motorcycle trailers, gardening, baking, quilting, and everything else you do with aplomb. You, my dear, are a Renaissance Woman!

  3. kathyreeves says:

    You have certainly been eclectic this week! Road construction, quilting and baking; I am wondering what is next!😉

  4. Dayphoto says:

    WOW! What a mess. But at least you found it and can fix it. I love your cupcakes, they look ever so yummy

  5. magpiesue says:

    Is there ANY project you wouldn’t undertake?! Never mind renaissance woman, you’re Superwoman!

    • katechiconi says:

      It needed to be done quickly, and I doubt we’d have got anyone out to do it in the current weather, plus we knew what was needed and could do it ourselves, so why pay someone else for what a little effort and sweat could achieve…? It didn’t seem such a big deal, really.

  6. Lynda says:

    Making progress in spite of delays due to other challenges is so rewarding, however when a hard day ends with steak and cupcakes it is truly wonderful! Though not so monstrous as yours, Bob had a recent encounter with a “Tardis” hole in the parking lot at his work. It blew out his front tire! I’m glad you were able to fix yourselves and didn’t ruin yourselves in the process and I will be sharing the Tardis description with Bob. He is a Dr. Who follower from way back!

    • katechiconi says:

      We were lucky not to end up with our front wheel stuck in this hole; we spotted it as we were coming back in and managed to edge around it, but I’d have had second thoughts about doing even that if I’d known how huge it was underneath. Not a job that could wait, no sir!

  7. craftycreeky says:

    You can certainly turn your hand to anything! From road repairs to baking and everything in between! Those cakes look delicious 🙂

  8. KerryCan says:

    Wonder Woman! What a varied and productive day you had. I have to admit, I had a hard time tearing my eyes away from the cupcakes . . .

  9. You and hubby make an impressive team. I get you have to do what has to be done. Lovely that you had wonderful cupcakes to reward yourself after. Now I must go out and clean the leaves out of my gutters before the next rains come. Nothing like what you have there though.

  10. Gosh …. a very busy day …. but nothing like a job well done 😊

  11. rutigt says:

    I hope your back is better now and I´m glad you managed to fix the problem!!!!!!

  12. Phew! You really needed a reward.

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