• All the rest of "Ash" are here

    What a day - could have been a bit of a disaster I have to admit, but our chums just took it in their stride - bless'em.

    1.30pm Artic. arrives at storage facility loaded with 4,000 books from Italy. Great!

    1.45pm the driver discovers that his amazing automatic shifting floor that shuffles pallets to the back doors of the truck doesn't work. Since he is Hungarian and our few words in common amount to 'yes, no, pallet, problem,' it doesn't take very long to realise that these books aren't going anywhere very quickly very soon.

    1.50pm myself and my (by now uncontrollably joyous band of helpers - not!) begin stripping down the pallets at the front of the trailer, toddling to the back doors to deposit them on sack trucks to trundle into our storage area. Needless to say 12 pallets each containing 60 11kg boxes of books on an afternoon when the sun is blazing down at a steady 27 degrees ain't no picnic, but after removing 8 pallets the truck driver managed to get his 'magic' floor working & Simon Jones popped down and removed the last few with a forklift. By 5.20 everything is safely stowed away. Phew!

    Massive thanks to my unloading team - my lovely woman Jannie, Carole, Bill & James (who came a bit later so sadly not in picture).

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