On the refurbishment front this week, Jacquie and I managed to partly clear the third floor rooms, ready for redevelopment. I say partly because we plan to bring many of the contents out via the new staircase once it has been built, but many items have now been rendered into smaller pieces, making it easier to move them around. We also, with Mike, continued to work on clearing the hillside as we prepare to reveal the rock face.
As it was nearly Easter time, on Thursday Jacquie and I had time off during a shopping trip and managed to fit in a trip to Plas Newydd on Anglesey.
We spent a few hours pottering around the house and gardens admiring the bluebells and the Rex Whistler mural. On Good Friday, we walked to a beautiful garden 15 minutes away up the hill over the road and joined other folk from local churches for a time of quiet reflection, followed by a walk around the labyrinth. And on Saturday, Jacquie treated us to a superb meal out in Craig y Dderwyn in Betws-y-Coed, in their river-view restaurant.
If you are thinking that it sounds like we haven’t done much on the building, you might be right. We are much relieved to report that the cafe has been much busier over the Easter period and, what with Jane taking some well earned holiday, we have been more committed than usual to the cafe each day.
So what is this miracle, you may be thinking?
This week, my cough had gone from bad to worse. Many times I have had to leave a room as I struggled to stop the coughing spasm, and I haven’t been able to eat any chocolate all Easter – disaster! I even had to leave church during the service on Sunday so last night I asked Mike to see if there were any possible cures listed on the internet. He found one which we thought sounded sensible, and another less so. The first was to take codeine – apparently, this tends to numb the throat, making it less sensitive so less likely to initiate a coughing spasm. This has helped a bit. The second was to put Vick’s VapoRub on the soles of your feet. Yeah, right. This sounded sufficiently ridiculous that we realised we were going have to try this. Amazingly, it has worked brilliantly. I have no idea how or why, but we have ‘Vicked’ my feet several times now and been thrilled and shocked by how effective this has been.
Sometimes, it is good just to stop and be grateful just to be able to breathe.