Socials at the hardware barn!

Over the past few weeks ( ok, maybe months) that we have been doing  the bathroom, we ( particularly D) have made numerous trips to the local Bunnings outlet to purchase various hardware and miscellaneous items. For those unfamiliar with Bunnings I will explain. They are a large chain of super hardware outlets, scattered throughout the suburbs. So large in fact that I think that they would rank alongside The Great Wall of China, as a structure visible from space! Visits to Bunnings, I have observed , is a family outing, the social event of the week end for some. Car parks are full by 08:00 and there is a distinct picnic atmosphere, with the aroma of sizzling sausages and onions, permeating the air and balloons festooning the entrance.

Week end DIY warriors gather in small huddles to discuss their latest projects and women folk make their way outdoors to the large nursery areas. You want it, you can get it here. As much as they have a wonderful array of hardware and  miscellaneous items perfect for the professional and handyman alike, there is also plenty of cheap rubbish, that one would never bring into their home!

D is on a first name basis with all the staff there, due to the frequency of his visits, although I hasten to add that some must duck for cover and hide when he enters the building, as he can be quite intense and doesn’t accept simple unsubstantiated answers to his questions! Today, he is doing the wall tiles and since I began this post D has acquired 2 spectators…. a work colleague and the annoying neighbour from down the  street. They are all experts! Why can’t men be more like women and just get on with the job , instead of participating in lengthy consultations and discussion ? 🙂


8 thoughts on “Socials at the hardware barn!

  1. Because they’re men!!! Hello old friend. beeha, from…here…back…maybe not from any exotic adventures, but some like those you describe – oh, D, poor D. I lost all heat and finally got it anew as of yesterday. $$$ and lot’s of men discussing, installing, figuring, fixing…Luckily – my Maureen over here in The States let me come over for the remainder of the day (it had been going on for 2 weeks!)…she gave me warm, laughter and friendship…just like you, ole’ buddy. Come visit – you’ll like the post I just put up … “If…If only If.”

    Keep up the good work…of all kinds. – beeha

  2. As my electrician wisely told me, “Bunnings has nothing you actually need and lots if stuff you don’t.” I have no luck finding what I want in stock!

  3. Maureen,
    Our version is Home Depot or Lowe’s. Same thing: lots and lots of men with loving looks in their eyes as they peruse the plumbing aisle. Or perhaps, do they dare? A visit to electronics. Too funny. Most men hate shopping, but mention the giant hardware store, and they will be the first in the car.

    Project is almost over. Bathroom will be mine again. Keep repeating.

    Big hugs,

  4. Hi Beeha,
    What a delightful surprise to hear from you. Thanks for your comment. You crack me up with your sense of fun.
    Maureen 🙂

  5. Hi Lita,
    Yes, you are 100% correct!!! Mention the hardware store and they run to the car. I always think I would like to be a fly on the wall at the homes of 99% of these guys as they attempt a bit of DIY. How many do you think end up having to call a tradesman in? Ha ha ha ha.
    Maureen 🙂

  6. Hi Maureen,

    Thanks for the welcome 🙂 Yes, in the States my Dad (who reminds me of D, or vice versa) is obsessed with trips to Lowe’s. My 2 year old nephew seems to be following in his footsteps because his favourite thing in the world is taking trips to “LoLos” with grandpa in the Corvette. Already quite the little man. See you tomorrow!


  7. Hi Meghan,
    I can see your Dad is teaching your nephew secret mens’ business already LOL. Great hearing from you.
    Maureen 🙂

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