From the sublime to the ridic-Kew-lous…

I am thrilled to report that we are still very busy with the accommodation, so the building work is still taking a back seat. We had a couple of less busy days lately, and Mike set to…

…installing a couple of radiators for which the plumbing runs under the floor, so needs to be done before the new carpet arrives next month.

The frame was placed on the wall, and the radiator put in place…

…before the plumbing was connected and checked for water-tightness.

Whilst Mike was doing the construction I was, as ever, on destructive work. You may recall that we removed the brutalist slate fireplace, and now it was my turn to be let loose on the panelling…

…which neither of us like, and which upsets the line of the original 1880’s panelling on the ceiling.

In surprisingly short order, most of the wood was removed…

…but I have left the supporting frame in place whilst we decide what to do next. The choice is, essentially (a) remove the framework; repoint the slate; and leave this slatework exposed or (b) cover the frame with plasterboard; and cover with either paint or wallpaper. If you wish to have input into this dilemma, I confirm that all opinions will be gratefully received!

At about the same time, Kieron returned for his annual visit. He organises events each September to raise money for Stroke Rehabilitiation charities, and one of these involved folk climbing Snowdon. For further information, have a look at https://jkhousetrainingcentre.co.uk/event/mountember-snowdon-2021/. The poor quality of this picture is entirely my fault and that of the sun, just setting behind their heads.

Finally for this posting, I need to update you on our trip to Kew. For our joint 60th birthdays back in early 2020, we were given a vouchers for a vist to Kew plus hotel stay, and, a mere 18 months later, we were able to make our visit. We have timed the visit quite deliberately so we could check out what was still in flower in September, to help us plan our autumn garden for next year.

The double herbaceous border was wonderful, even at this time of year…

… and we took careful note of the plants that were still giving it their all.

Of course, it will be some time before we will have time to use this new knowledge, but we had a wonderful couple of days off and are really grateful to the family who came up with such a brilliant present for us!

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