Into each life…

…a little rain must fall, but storm Ciara brought us more than just a little water. For anyone concerned about us, Plas took a little damage from the wind but nothing serious. Less lucky was Betws y Coed which we understand lost the Miner’s bridge, and parts of Llanrwst were well under water. Cars in the Co-op carpark in Llanrwst and in the Siabod cafe car park were bobbing around in the floodwaters.

At least the bridge is still standing…

Given the general wetness and the high winds, we decided to work inside rather than on the roof. I know – how pathetic are we?! We cleared out the corridor below ready to replace all 17 windows on the left hand wall (part of which is not in view, in case you are counting).

The long corridor aka the cloister

As we have replaced glazing a few times before at Plas, this is now quite a polished activity. We clear off the exterior putty; remove the brads; lever the window out from the inside; clear the margins of old putty; apply silicone sealant; insert window; add sealant and beading, and then tack beading into place.

Most of the double glazed panels are misty

See – it’s simple. This week, we have replaced 10 of the 17 panes, and (even though the windows need cleaning) this is already letting a lot more light into this corridor. I hope you can see that the right hand pane below is more like a window should be than the panes on the left.

…so the clarity of the replacements is great to see

It has not been our most productive week, however. This is partly due to jet lag still working its way through our systems, but mostly because Charley dropped by with our grandson, Teddy. Mike has insisted that I include the photo below, which I would normally have found a reason to exclude due to its unflattering nature, but as a dutiful partner, what was I to do? There had been much rocking and pacing and cuddling to encourage Teddy to drop off to sleep, but once he had dropped off, I didn’t dare move his head so needed to sit down with my forearm propped on my leg. What you can’t see is the laptop screen I am reading as I check emails (how is it that emails are still taking over my life?!?) which might explain the slightly strange expression…

Which one is the more tired, I wonder?

…so I thought I would share a better shot of the delightful Teddy so you can enjoy his loveliness more fully.

Hey gorgeous!

We are not sure what we will be doing next week, given storm Denis is due in and our rooms are due to be quite busy during half term. We will let you know next time.

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