Getting on with the jobs….

Last week, we had cool weather and some rain in Wales, so we were able to paint the new front door.

You may be able to see below that the cooling zephyrs blew the newspaper protecting the carpet onto the door in one place, so we will need to correct that blemish in due course.

Mike also took our Ukrainian friends on an outing to experience the British delight of crabbing from the quay in Caernarfon on a lovely sunny afternoon.

To complete the picture of last week as a continuation of our waiting brief, we even managed to bake some of the tiers of the wedding cake needed for next month.

But last Thursday we had a breakthrough. Our friendly digger driver appeared with time on his hands, as the rain locally last Tuesday was pretty heavy and so he was flooded out of some other jobs, leaving him free to help us.

With his longer digger arm, we were able to find rock between eight and nine foot down on the extreme right hand end, and then getting higher as he pulled back towards the left.

You can see below how the water started to collect at the base of the trench, so we are pretty confident we have got down to bedrock in the important right hand corner.

Having finished that, we then broke the corner off the slab to make it easier for us to pour the concrete into the foundations in due course. Once this work was finished, we began the dance of many emails between us, the building engineer, the architect, and Building Control which is still continuing a week later. Essentially, we just need to confirm precisely what is to be poured where: once that is agreed we can recommence building works.

On another note, you might like to see the dog and cat are still doing well in all this heat…

…and that our first ever north Walian cucumbers are just about ready for picking.

It’s a wonderful life!

We continue to wait patiently…

… (or possibly not quite so patiently) for the large digger to turn up, so are still doing all those irritating jobs that we don’t really fancy, like staining the inside of the porch…

..and finally gettting round to painting the new front door.

During that extraordinary hot spell, we were blessed to be about 10 degrees below London or Yorkshire temperatures, but we hadn’t had rain in weeks, as you can see below where one of our guests was happily paddling in the incredibly low water level in the river, finding a ‘cave’ under the stones near the middle of the course.

After the heat, we really got serious about doing the ghastly jobs: I set about cutting up the waste wood rescued from demolition works into fire wood, reducing this heap to…

…this! Effectively I have processed all the ‘obviously’ reclaimed wood, leaving just the unprocessed logs to saw up, probably later this autumn.

Whilst I was doing that, Mike has been clearing the silicone off the windows in the porch, and preparing the exterior woodwork for painting. If we can catch a dry spell this week, I will be painting that asap.

But essentially we are still marking time until the digger appears. Here’s hoping we can nudge something soon: we are gloriously busy with accommodation customers, but we do want to start rebuilding as soon as we are able, once the digger has been in and the new foundations signed off!

Whilst we wait for new foundations…

…we have been finding other things to do, as we have made no progress on digging out until we hit rock. Our attention has been elsewhere…

…specifically to the porch. Above you can see the painted roof interior which we gave a really thorough wash and spider’s web removal, and found the paint was sound so we have left it alone. We then considered the walls very carefully and concluded they needed to be re-stained but not painted, as we wanted to leave the porch as ‘original’ as possible. The colour currently is a lovely light tan, so we will need to choose carefully. Work starts on this tomorrow…

…because we have spent the last few days preparing for the extreme weather event that (mercifully) should mostly miss us. We have changed all our duvets to summer-weight duvets, which means we have about 15 regular-weight duvets to store. Fortunately we have discovered vacuum storage bags!

Our other big progress recently is the hall fireplace which has moved from this….

…to this and then…

to this! The mirror (courtesy of Tony, to whom many thanks) brings a lot more light into the hallway so, on balance, we are prepared to live with less wallpaper in exchange for more light!

The really good news is that our contractor is able to visit us next week so hopefully we will be able to dig down to bedrock and make some progress on the foundations shortly…or at least that is our earnest hope!