Pip became 21 yesterday

Our youngest daughter, Philippa, known as Philly or Pip was 21 yesterday, so we have many visitors to the house helping us celebrate.  I hate to say it but, my goodness, don’t the years fly by when you are not paying attention!

This cake just about says it all
This cake just about says it all
Happy Birthday girl and some of her family
Happy Birthday girl (fourth from left) and some of her family

The work summary since Tuesday is pretty routine:

On Wednesday, the weather was relatively dry and I painted the newly rendered walls above the bar, gloss painted the exterior of 11 windows and then began to size the newly plastered walls in the restaurant (or at least those which had already properly dried out).  Mike plastered and skimmed several other walls, and then finished constructing the arch from the restaurant into the kitchen.

This wall will look so much nicer once painted - and should be much more water resistant, which is quite important in Wales
This wall will look so much nicer once painted – and should be much more water resistant, which seems to be quite important in Wales

On Thursday, I sized more walls, and then cut tiles to shape to fill the fiddly bits near the walls, and in the afternoon attended a church meeting in Betws y Coed and did some serious shopping ready for yesterday’s celebrations.  Meanwhile Mike finished wiring the ring mains for the kitchen and restaurant, and put in almost all of the loop for the fire alarm system.

Filling the fiddly bits
Preparing the fiddly bits
Gaps now filled
Gaps now filled

On Friday, Mike and I made a concerted effort to lay more floor tiles, and were agreed by the end that two people working together definitely made more progress than we might have expected.

The dogs enjoy helping us....
The dogs enjoy helping us….
39 boxes of tiles down - only another 25 to go
39 boxes of tiles down – only another 25 to go

Yesterday, Saturday, we spent a lot of time waiting for family to arrive, but of course this being the first Saturday of the school summer holidays, some people have had extremely long, hot and frustrating journeys for which we apologise – after all, it is our fault that Pip’s 21st fell yesterday.  Thanks to all who made it such a memorable day.

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