A View with a Room

Last week, you may recall, Pips had painted one room, and we had carpeted it with repurposed carpet. This week, the bed arrived – later than ordered, obviously…

…so we made use of our experienced putting-beds-together team and transformed our packages into…

…a king sized bed ready to provide a comfy night.

Of course, we need to work on the view – but that can wait for a little while.

We continue to be very busy with the accommodation, meeting some wonderful people and doing lots of cleaning and laundry, but hopefully this will enable us to fund more refurbishment work later in the year.

Room for improvement

Confession time: not much building work this week, but lots of hospitality work. Since pictures of us cleaning rooms, or doing the laundry, or ironing sheets is unlikely to hold your attention, we instead feature this week the work of our daughter currently in residence, Pips. She has a friend coming to stay in a couple of weeks and whilst duly grateful that we can find space for her friend in August, she seemed to think the state of the room was less than acceptable.

This shows the lobby of what we are all calling the maid’s room, as it is located at the back of the house, just at the top of the back stairs. This has been used for storage since we arrived because, although this room is water-tight, the next door room has two separate sections of ceiling that have long since given up the ghost, and which houses our Heath-Robinson water diversion system featured a month or so ago.

As you can see, the colour scheme was less than complete, and some of the furniture not the most comfortable available…

…so Pips set to with roller and paint, using the scaffolding tower to enable her to reach the ceiling. The ceiling rose is plaster, so we asked her to treat it with due respect as she repainted it. Having completed the paintwork, we turned our attention to the carpet which Pips judged to be, using her technical term, ‘minging’.

We ripped up the old carpet (or do I just mean we swept the remaining threads into a dustpan?) and then carefully re-purposed the carpet from the long corridor. This carpet has seen at least forty years service but was largely still intact, and also in a space soon to have new floor covering, so it was fair game for a temporary refit. (I should explain these two rooms are due a major refurb, involving moving walls in a few years time, so a new carpet was bang out of order, as it were.)

All we need to do now is a quick vacuum, a new bed, some bedside cabinets, perhaps a wardrobe or two, and we should be ready just in time for Pip’s guest. The only problem now is that it makes our bedroom look positively shabby! Perhaps if I hint hard enough…

Surrounding the throne

Let me first put all my cards on the table: we have been busy. I mean really busy. I mean – wow, if this is what a season is like, I can see why B&B people go on holiday to do absolutely nothing. (Prepare your violins, please…) what with early starts for breakfasts, then cleaning the rooms, then laundry, then prep for evening meals – its quite a full day, especially when we haven’t done this before! Our first week was late August last year, so this is the first time we have caught a summer season, and it turns out it is quite exhausting. Not that I am complaining – we are so relieved that folk are coming away on holiday, and enjoying their time with us.

Anyway, one day last week we had a day with few changes, so set to with the building works. We had taken delivery of a set of toilet cubicle partitions, so felt it was only fair to try to fit them. We put the verticle bracket on the wall…

…and then fitted the foot. With that in place, we cut the lower panel to size and put that in position.

We then had to trim the top panel – which obviously does not need to be square in several dimensions – and pop that in place.

At this point, we had to stop to welcome guests. Its hard to believe this had taken us most of a working day, and worse to realise that after we had installed it, we realised we don’t think the facing edge is vertical. Oh well, hopefully one day this week we will be able to get back to this.