The Great Get Together

On Sunday we took a break from the restoration work to enjoy the company of local people over some food and drink. We you can see, we prepared a table

We set the scene…

We hung the jolly penants which our daughter Philly had very kindly run up for us
The bunting was up

We had hung the hanging baskets and Mike had tended to their hydration needs
The floral decorations are up

and then we completely forgot to take any photos once people began arriving!
So rather than show you, I will try to paint a very brief word picture for you. People began arriving around quarter to two, bringing food and drink to share. Mike and I got busy making the teas and coffees that people wisely requested on such a hot day; Jane very kindly helped scour our kitchen for crockery, cutlery and containers requested; and a couple of young ladies very kindly reorganised the contents of the dolls house to create a more homely feel. Several groups broke off for a quick tour of the building, and it all broke up around four. After the guests had left, we found that the cleaning up had almost all been done for us, for which we are very grateful. It was super to have a chance to chat with so many people and celebrate all that we had in common, and we hope they felt the same.

And now, back to the day job. I have finished the edging to ‘define’ the lawn on the slope behind the cafe. This should help Mike and Adrian to mow the lawn regularly without giving my plants a short back and sides, as has happened with worrying regularity over the past year.

New edging for the ‘lawn’

Both Mike and I have been working on the windows on floor 2 where we have now stripped and removed the panes from the left hand windows, and now re-glazed two areas :
The windows are coming on

We have had some company whilst working on these second floor windows. The side windows over the cafe run very close to just under the eaves, and a couple of house martins have (understandably) not been happy with us working so close to their nest. We have been very careful to only appear at the window for short periods, but have felt vaguely guilty about interrupting their privacy, so I for one will be glad to move on.

Also, Osian has been up to help us again. We set him to work removing rhodo roots (what else?) at the start of a narrow path running along the rocky outcrop high over the river:

A tree moved to the bonfire site, collateral damage when a rhodo root was levered off the rock

Cleared of stumps (some visible in the foreground), ready for us to clean down

We are waiting to hear from others regarding the staircase, but in the meantime Mike has been fitting the insulation

mike

Insulation being installed, behind the chicken wire to prevent sagging

With the weather set fair for this week, I imagine we will continue to work on windows… but will let you know more on Friday!

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