Thursday, 25 November 2010

Recovery kit

Love at first sight?!
We were very busy in November preparing for Christmas and our holiday (which involved various 4WD preparation).

I think it is fair to say that our local postman was well and truly over delivering all our bargains.  He seemed particularly unimpressed by the weight of our high-lift jack, which arrived wrapped in a garbage bag and about a hundred metres of sticky tape!

(Nick is beaming in the pic because he just unpacked his long-awaited snatch strap)!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Snake handler

You might remember the rice bag and BBQ tongs of March 2009?! Things have changed since then!

Nick attended a WIRES snake handling course in November to broaden his WIRES skill-base (and be better prepared for our adventuring expeditions).  He attended his first call-out just a week after completing the course.    
Nick's second call-out was funny.  The caller had helpfully barricaded a door to prevent the snake moving any further from it's hiding place under a blanket box. 

Nick slowly moved furniture and tentatively used his long-handled hook to retrieve ... a shoe (and then a second)! Hah!

Friday, 12 November 2010

Scaling new heights (November 2010)

Given the height of our new "monster truck", Nick needed to modify the height of the trailer also.

Bunnings had this very nifty aluminum ladder on sale and it was purchased to aid the packing/unpacking process.

(Nick used some wood offcuts to form a platform where he and Vaughan are standing in the pic at left).

When not in use, the ladder travels on top of the trailer in the area flanked by the two lift-up trailer doors.