Now in Firebreak Lockdown…

…there is next to nothing to do in terms of changing rooms or laundry, so we can dedicate ourselves to building.

I will start with the thing that has been holding us up. Below you see one of the foul waste pipes running through the ladies loos. The two marked crosses show the highest and lowest limits of the height of a junction we need to feed into the pipe – but because the pipe is curved, this is not a simple matter. Cue several phone calls with different builders merchants and a range of suggestions on how we should sort this out. Having eliminated a few of these, we are now on what we hope is the final version. We now need to dig up the floor around the base, which is a shame as we had already laid the tiles on the floor about 6 inches from where we need to excavate.

One day when we were working, Mike suddenly squeaked in alarm, thinking something was attacking his finger. When he removed his gloves, we found that he had finally managed to wear out his wedding ring. Many years ago he was closing a fire door with a powerfull closer and his ring was caught on the handle which pulled his hand violently backwards, which pinched a crease in the ring. Presumably this is the point that failed, and the ends were then nipping Mike’s skin in the gap. So whilst we were in town, having a fitting for our new glasses, he selected a new ring made of tungsten, which we hope will prove a little more robust – I mean, the first ring only lasted 33 years!

Other than tiling the floor, we have been at work at the top of the ‘old’ stairs, where there is a doorway that gave access to the rooms which are now the suites, and which is now blocked off. To make this a useful space, we are turning it into a store cupboard. You can see below we have put in the stud work and insulating mat…

…and then finished it off with fireboard. I then removed the glazing from the door, which we will replace with wood in a week or so.

On Monday, the first day of our Firebreak lockdown, we declared a day off as we went to the big city to collect our new glasses. I know that we are supposed to stay home unless shopping for food or other essential activities, but we decided being able to see where we were aiming the saw was pretty important…

We can confirm it is wonderful to be able to see fine details again, and that this is only about the 10th selfie we have ever taken..

We had a violent thunderstorm early Sunday morning which left the local area without electricity for about 20 hours, most houses in Pont y Pant without a functioning IT router, and no mobile phone signal for a couple of days. Tuesday and Wednesday saw us busy preparing firewood, because we have used a lot of logs over the last month, and the weather forecast is for torrential rain for four days starting tomorrow.

We have managed to convert the ash tree which was blown over about 3 years ago into quite a heap of logs and hope they will warm us well this winter. Whilst cutting the logs, I noticed the wonderful colours on a beech tree…

…isn’t nature fantastic – the brown leaves at the tips of the branches, with yellow below, and leaves still green at the base. What a combination! Now I hope you will excuse me as I stop and recover from the days exertions with the axe, and hope to be writing more soon.

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