Some work, and a trip to the seaside too…

Last week, BIlly and his friends came to stay at the weekend.

Mike with Billy and his group

They all went to climb Snowdon which, given the weather, makes them braver than us! After spending the weekend happily chatting with guests and staffing the cafe, on Tuesday our thoughts returned to the renovations.

This is the challenge facing Alex…

Between the level of the buildings and the lower garden, there is a very steep cliff. Unfortunately, where we believe this was once a natural rock feature, it has subsequently been half buried in building rubble and been largely colonised by whatever weed has managed to locate a morsel or two of soil. We cleared it a couple of years ago, but then life intervened and the weeds have all come back, so…

…we have set Alex the challenge of clearing it down again.

On Tuesday, I showed Alex (and yes, he has had his hair cut) what needed clearing, and I think this shot gives a great sense of the scale of the task in front of him – even though there is at least the same again that you can’t see in the above shots. I have been reading Graham Stuart Thomas’s amazing book about ground cover plants, and have some new ideas once we have got rid of the pesky nettles, brambles and rose bay willow herb.

Not that it ever rains in this part of the world…

As you can see above, we have had quite a bit of atmospheric dampness this week…

So one of us was dressed appropriately for a day by the seaside in October…

…but we were very lucky that on our wedding anniversary, the rain gods held off. We went to Tremadog to a garden centre – obviously – to aquire one or two absolutely essential items that I simply couldn’t resist. Mike knows that one way to make his wife very happy is to take her to a garden centre with a good ‘poorly plant’ section so I can buy even more plants from my tiny weeny landscaping budget.

After this, we had a quick drive to Borth y Gest (near Porthmadog) where Mike was checking out the beaches to see if our Grandson will like them when he comes to visit…

…but of course Mike just had to go a step further!

Away from this lovely interlude, it was really super on Friday that the carpet arrived for the lobby entrance to the new staircase…

We had removed the old carpet…
and yesterday, this area was finished.

…. so we look even more like a hotel than we did.

Finally, the handrail has been completed…

Also this week, Mike finished installing the handrail on this platform

…so floor 2 guests can walk safely out onto the rock behind.

.and also obtained costings for decking to repair the first floor platform. I, meanwhile, have been up to my eyeballs in figures as I try to work out exactly how we did financially last year. You know, sometimes, it’s perhaps best not to enquire too hard if you are not confident you will want to know the answer!

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