Before I start with our news today, I thought you might like a quick glance at our views. We have had a lot of wind over the last few days, and today we had some hail and sleet, but about 3pm today I took these shots showing that the precipitation has begun to settle on the ground:
I believe by now the coverage is more extensive, but it’s too dark to show you.
Now, we possibly may perhaps have some rather exciting news to share, perhaps now or possibly soon. You may notice that I am hedging my bets a tad, but as Mike and I have a tendency to be optimistic and believe what we are told, I am just leaving a margin for error in case our suppliers are not able for some reason to stick to the e.t.a. they have proposed.
Yesterday we were thrilled to receive an email, sent to our architectural designer (cc to us) from the building control guys, suggesting that by next Friday we should know for sure whether the plans that include the new staircase have been accepted. This is great news, since we are currently faffing about with tinkering tasks whilst waiting for these. Mike tells me that once we know these are approved, we need to knock a (smallish) hole in the three floor/ceiling combos in the centre of the space due to house the staircase so that we can accurately measure the heights between each floor. Once we have these figures to double-check the figures on the plans, we can place an order with the stair-makers. As it will take a few weeks for them to make the stairs, we will now be rushing to get to this stage before we leave on our holiday.
Oh, haven’t I told you?!? We are hugely indebted to Phil and Hugo who have very kindly offered to take part of their annual leave to come and stay here to hotel/dog/cat sit for us. Mike rushed to the internet as soon as we had their dates and, after due consideration and various conversations, has booked us a few days in Madeira.
Anyway, back to the main story. Now we have a timescale, I have started clearing areas of the building, ready for the next phase of works. So below I share pictures of the areas that will be demolished to enable the new staircase to be installed – as this will be the last chance for you to see them looking like this!
And this morning, whilst I was back in Welsh class, Mike has installed another couple of raised beds – deep joy. I can’t wait for the weather to improve so we can start planting them.