Goodbye is the saddest word

For those who enjoy the domestic details, I want to let you see Mike’s old and new boots. You might notice that he has been walking through wet concrete in the old ones, but you can also see he has worn the lining away at the back of the right hand boot. Anyone would think he was working hard…

Back to the task in hand: you can see below that we have a job to do here because there is quite a fall in height on the foundations as cast, on which I am standing. This is because we have a mixture of full depth foundation here, alongside parts where concrete has been cast over rock much nearer the surface.

We started, therefore, by removing the wooden shuttering so that we can start building walls.

Having removed the shuttering, we started accurately marking out where the walls will go…

…and, having checked for the line being square(ish), began building…

…and building…

…and building…

…and building the walls.

The next working day, we started considering the wall to go in at right angles – and found that we needed to float a little more concrete in place to get the levels right. Here you see we have shuttered off a path for the wall and…

…we filled this with ‘home-made’ concrete until it was level front to back (notice the horizontal guideline to let us know when we were level) ready to build the next wall next time.

On a more personal note, we took a long weekend off work when our daughter was ordained priest, so here you see her presiding over the Eucharist for the first time (with her dog, Freddie, curled up inoffensively at her feet)…

…and here’s Freddie when he noticed me go forward for communion. To his credit, he had been living with Mike and me for seven weeks whilst Pip’s ankle began knitting, so perhaps we can forgive him when he recognised someone who fed him occasionally. Its also worth noticing how clerical garb does hide the NHS boot very effectively!

On the positive side, yesterday we went on a trip to the Italianate village of Portmeirion, on a perfect summer’s day making the colours beautifully vibrant..

…and on the negative side, we bid goodbye to our Ukrainian family, who are returning home so that they can be part of their wider family together once again. Below is the picture Debbie painted as a souvenir of the kids enjoyment of playing in the river.

We are back to being busy with guests at present, but hope to have a few days dedicated to building again next week, assuming the weather is kind…

2 thoughts on “Goodbye is the saddest word

    1. Thanks – we are missing the Ukrainians but it is great to know that they are back together as a family. Meanwhile, back to the building work….

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