We have had a busy, and very agreeably warm, few days since I last wrote.
On Sunday. we went to Llechwedd slate mines with my brother Mike and his children Max, Emma and Mia and experienced the thrill which is the cavern zip wire. We got home to find that the promise of good weather had been maintained, and sat outside in the warm wind with Will and Lucy to drink a large jug of Pimms, entertain a couple of horse riders, and enjoy the roast beef dinner that Mike whipped up whilst the rest of us became quite merry. So not much progress on the hotel today then.
Yesterday, brother Mike and I took Emma and Max to Black Rock sands in Porthmadog followed by a brief trip to Criccieth castle where Mike bought me a set of cookery books for Welsh specialities, and then home via the Co-op in Blaenau Ffestiniog and Dolwyddelan castle. When back in Plas we made some Welsh Rarebit which was really very good. Meanwhile Mike White with his new retinue of helpers (Will, Lucy and Mia) had been extending the network of floor tiles in the restaurant, which eventually led to Mia being given a carpenter’s pencil in recognition of her fine handiwork. Mike and Chris (neighbour) then led all bar Lucy to an inspection of the bees. Suffice to say we were all so weary from our busy-nesses that Llanrwst fish and chips were the order of the day.
Today, we waved goodbye to Mike and Co, having had a wonderful few days with them all, and knuckled back under (although I guess that really only applies to me since Mike had continued to follow his schedule whilst I enjoyed the beach trip). I took his surprisingly extensive shopping list to the builders merchants, and then returned to gloss paint as much as I could and also paint stabilising solution onto the new render above the snug. We understand that North Wales may be in line for thundery showers soon, so want to try to both complete as much external painting whilst also waterproofing the render as soon as possible.
Whilst I fiddled with these tasks, Mike manfully tweaked the lead over the new slate roof (since we still have a tiny leak somewhere), and also boxed in the area above the new fire door, and repaired a couple of the restaurant walls sufficiently to insert some wood ready to create the wooden arch between the kitchen and the restaurant. We have also received an email suggesting Mike should refrain from checking the bees for a few weeks whilst the new queen is developing.
What happens next will largely depend on the weather. If sunny, lots of exterior work will be undertaken (whether or not this will cause us to fry); if there is any risk of damp, I am told there are several square metres of tiles for me to grout whilst Mike skims some internal walls. Oh, the excitement: I wonder which way our cookie will crumble?!?