Back on the starting blocks; refurbishment phase 2 starting soon

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:

'Standard' view outside the cafe...
‘Standard’ view outside the cafe…

 

..and on the car park...
..and of the car park…

 

...and a view of the river before any snow melts and brings back the rapids
…and a view of the river and A470, to complete the picture

 

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!

The area which was the old entrance to the bar, and will shortly be filled with staircase
The area which was the old entrance to the bar, and will shortly be filled with staircase
Part of the corridor from teh cafe entrance to the toilets: the wall visible on the right to be demolished as soon as we get the green light
View from the long corridor looking from the toilet end to the cafe entrance end: the wall visible on the right to be demolished as soon as we get the green light to proceed

 

and the reverse view (from the entrance, looking down the long corridor) before it all goes!
and the reverse view (from the entrance, looking down the long corridor) before it all goes!

 

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.