One step forward, several steps back…

To all who have commented on our colour query, I send our deepest thanks.  Pale gravel is definitely the most popular choice at the moment, and I will let you know if this should change.

Tonight, I will start with the non-stairs news:

I have been mostly in the cafe for the last week or so, given that we have been pleasingly busy over the August Bank Holiday period.  In quieter periods, I have been sewing seeds, in preparation for the autumn growing season that I hope will produce many young perennial plants for me to nurture before planting out next spring.  Mike has made four further planters to grace the outside of the building.  After carefully studying the frontage last week whilst discussing colour, we have decided on the appropriate plants to enhance this gorgeous building and so have created further planters into which these can be placed and start to grow into the larger mature plants that we will need.  He has also been stripping paint from barge boards at the rear of the building.  Oh, and he put together two high chairs for use in the cafe.

Tim has been with us and has been hugely helpful as we cleared up the floor 2 rooms today, preparing for the next scheduled works.



…and after our clean up session today.

After we had cleared out the room (and several others on the same floor) Mike was able to put his hands on plywood to protect the newly installed windows from any sparks when the external fire escape and platform are removed, we hope, later this week.  Meanwhile, Bill had arrived to continue his fantastic work on the grounds.

Grounds at the top of the hill, ready for attention
Bill managed to remove several large rhodo stumps today


We have had a bonfire today to get rid of wood removed from inside the house, as well as rhodo waste, and things are looking somewhat tidier tonight as a result.  We look forward to continuing to progress.

Then we come to the stairs news.  Last Saturday I began to put knotting onto the stairs provided for the ground to first floor, in preparation for painting with our highly technical and very expensive fire-resistant paint.  On Sunday morning, Mike finally committed himself to cutting the base of the stairs to size, ready to fit the first flight.

We agonized and measured I don’t know how many times before we could commit to the cutting!

So having trimmed the end, and ensured the newel post fitted and we knew its relative position, we stood the run of stairs up and offered them to the trimmer.

We found that they don’t fit!!

When we stood them up, we noticed that the bottom of the run of stairs stuck significantly out into the corridor.  As we know the plans show the base of the stairs roughly flush with the edge of the slate pillar shown, we checked the stairs against the plan, and found that the ‘treads’ which should have been 250mm deep were over 300mm deep.  Oh joy, oh rapture.  And because we were working during a Bank Holiday weekend, we knew we couldn’t even ask how this could have happened until two days time!

When we did manage to speak to someone yesterday, it looks like we have found out why it has happened and, more importantly, agreed that the stairs will be remade as soon as possible in accordance with the plans (as they should have been in the first place).

Oh well, that’s three disasters (surely tiny hiccups?) now regarding the stairs – here’s hoping fourth time might be lucky!






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