At last, we’ve got it covered!

This week started with the cold snap. The snow on Siabod looked fantastic…

… and as you can see, there is a very clear distinction between where the snow persists and where it doesn’t, as seen when you walk 5 minutes up the path Mike takes most mornings for the dog walk.

“But what about the refurbishments?”, I hear you cry. Well, we boxed in the waste pipes in the new gents…

…and then we linked all the extractor fans into the large vent that runs above the ladies…

…and then Mike took his poor broken body for a quick cuppa whilst we waited for the carpet fitters…

…who very kindly obliged. This carpet had been glued to the floor, along with its underlay, so that when the next phase of suites have been finished, wheelchairs should be able to roll smoothly.

Whilst Mike was completing the finishing touches, I continued to be destructive. I have started to remove the rotten decking around the ‘chalet’ in the carpark (complete demolition still awaits planning permission)…

…but I must admit the pouring rain did put me off cleaning up our other messes. Hopefully we will hear something on the planning permission soon, but in the meantime, we have plans for next week now that the carpet is in…

Hi ho hi ho – and so much more to go…

On Monday, Mike and I returned to finishing the toilets in the long corridor. We put the last shelves and handles into the accessible toilet…

… and we fitted the water heater into the gents, before…

…starting to box in the pipes. In short, all the fiddly bits that we tend to leave to the end, and for which Mike is essential, which meant I could be released occasionally to get back to my real strength…

… destruction! Back at work with lump hammer and bolster chisel, I started by removing the door architrave below to find that the walls were never plastered. I mentioned this to Mike who commented “Keeping it classy, Plas” which I suspect we might find ourselves saying a few more times over the next year, as we move on to the really big demolition task.

I worked away from this doorway towards the cubicles, removing the tiles from one wall, and then from a ‘bulge’ set within the wall. As the tiles came off the bulge, it became clear that the plasterboard was very damp, so I picked that off too…only to find what we think is an original external wall from a separate building which was incorporated into Plas in the 1970’s remodelling.

We will learn more about that hopefully as our work progresses, and we uncover other elements. Meanwhile, on with the destruction…

…which should keep me busy for at least another day or two. I wonder what we can find for us to do next?

Happy New Year / Blwyddyn Newydd Dda pawb!

There’s just time for a quick update before we all move into 2021. We had a very quiet Christmas with Pips, and have resisted the urge to do any work… except…

…we had a dusting of snow last night…

…which was quite unfamiliar to Lola, who enjoyed giving it a thorough exploration.

Sadly, our firewood supply had run very low, so we needed to cut some fuel despite the snow. The wood cutting worked perfectly, but shifting the wood back uphill to Plas proved more problematic.

Blue Max, the motorised wheelbarrow, got half way up this hill (which is astonishingly steep) before deciding to skid sideways and give up the ghost. Pips reversed our small car into place, but didn’t notice she had overshot the brow of the hill.

So we started the rescue by pushing our car back up hill, until it was safe to try pulling Blue Max up to join us.

All’s well that ends with all abandoned tools back home, is what I say.

Tomorrow we promise to take the day off, and we will be back with more to show you next year. Let’s have some fun, everyone – we all deserve some fun just now.