Mike and I have been taking it very quietly for the last couple of days. At the end of last week, we were busy with Jane getting organised for our Jabberwocky night on Saturday and the buffet supper to be served. We are delighted to report that all went well and, as far as we can tell, a good time was had by all including the band! We were hugely helped by Charley (our eldest daughter) and Damien who worked like trojans throughout, but who tell us they also had a great time. We are finding it difficult to cope on less sleep than normal which is bizarre really, since we chose to have 4 children and survived the sleep deprivation that goes with having them relatively painlessly/ I guess we must blame advancing years for our current inability to stay up beyond the 10 pm news: this ageing lark really does have some drawbacks!
Anyway, below is a photo of the event, carefully selected to try to preserve anonymity as far as possible:
On the restoration front, I have removed more wallpaper from a couple of rooms, and we are continuing to prepare for phase 2 as soon as the drawings for the staircase arrive. Mike, on the other hand, has returned to our previous field of expertise and prepared some bespoke veneer inlays for a couple of furniture making customers. Of course, when we get around to refurbishing the Manor, we plan for our expertise in veneering and marquetry to come into its own – in a restrained manner, naturally.
I am also relieved to report that I have finished the last of the holiday jigsaws earlier today. Each year, the family collaborates to complete 2 or 3 1,000 piece(-ish) jigsaws, since they seem to stimulate interesting conversation. This year, having completed several, we were given a jigsaw of a period view of Llandudno for New Year which was really quite tricky as the colours were all so similar.
As our last customer left the restaurant today she commented on the beautiful sky…
which I tried to capture in pixels, but with limited success
Oh, and we have fixed a date for Mouton to return to Plas Penaeldroch in response to popular demand – it will be Saturday 25th March. And we had a customer in for coffee today who is in a band, and be interested in providing a musical evening later in the year. I love it when a plan starts to come together.
So must dash – surely it’s nearly bed time even if its only early evening…