Exciting news, and yet more wrecking…

I start this week with more of the same… the drying room is coming on nicely, with the ceiling and walls now doubly mist-coated…

…and ready for us to top coat the walls and then tile the floor. Yes, we realise the once-white door is now darker than the magnolia walls, but we guess that is what many years of tobacco smoke can do to a door. I think I might wear protective clothing when I clean and then re-paint it!

We had some really exciting news this week. We heard on Tuesday that we have finally been granted planning permission for the rest of our proposed changes. This is very exciting news, partly because we are running out of jobs that can be done without it, but mostly because there are a couple of real eyesores on the site which could understandably alarm customers and which we can now remove. One of these is the ‘6-person chalet’ (which looks rather like a delapidated temporary shack) on the front of the site.

We hope you can see why this was my target first thing on Wednesday! Oddly enough, we didn’t need any wrecking tools beyond our hands to get this far, as the wooden walls are pretty rotten. We have carefully unscrewed the window surrounds to remove them without breaking the glass so…

…about 15 minutes later it was looking like this…

…and at the end of the day like this. We have had to dismantle the built-in furniture inside, but sadly the floor is so rotten in places that we have to tread very carefully. We will return to this task next week as we are keen to clear this area up as soon as possible, but we need to wait for the weather to become less gusty first.

Given the changes in Welsh Covid rules, we have nipped to south Wales to see our elder daughter, leaving our younger daughter to look after our project. She was concerned that Lola might miss us, but it looks like the cat has stepped up to provide company!

From next week we will be able to accept guests living in Wales, so it will be interesting to see if that slows up the restoration work at all…

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