After a lifespan of approximately 20 years, the house at Umina has been getting some much needed repairs of the balcony. Dad, Derrick & John have spent a couple of weekends risking life & limb hanging under and over the balcony. It's a good thing that none of them are acrophobic. It's a fair drop from the balcony down to the ground.
I'm not sure who in the trio had taken on the role as OHS* officer, but there seemed to be a shortage of safety harnesses on the job. I suppose this is why they went up without us women, we would have only nagged them about silly things like... life preservation!
Their scaffolding efforts look like something you might find on the streets of a third world country. Though, in those countries, it would probably look a bit more stable.
Derrick contemplating life? Not sure, but it really is a very long way down.
Once the joists underneath had been replaced, the planks and the railing around the house could be replaced. It's not a pretty site, but with the growing number of little people in the family, we needed to fix it sooner rather than later. For a job that has needed to be done for quite some time now, nothing motivates Dad quite as much as his grandkids.
There's probably still another few weekends worth of work to be done, but now that it's started, it shouldn't be too hard to get the job finished.
* OHS - Occupational Health & Safety. (Am not sure what it's called elsewhere in the world, but I'm sure they have them everywhere. Who else would tell you that you need useless things like safety glasses that fog up & render you blind. As long as you don't lose an eye)