The second starting gun has sounded

What a wonderful few days we have had: I just can’t wait any longer to tell you about it!

On Saturday, Yvonne and Julie had recovered from the riverside adventure and were keen to get more exercise, so we set to on the ‘cliff’ between the house level and the lower garden.

You see here many years of accumulated bramble and weed growth (and Julie)
You see here many years of accumulated bramble and weed growth (and Julie)

Julie and Yvonne cut and slashed the waste, which I pulled it down and passed to Mike who burnt it. During the day, we occasionally swapped roles to ring the changes, all the time trying hard not to disrupt the mosses as we pulled the weeds down and out.

View of labyrinth with the worst of the yuk removed, and the landscaping in progress
View of labyrinth with the worst of the yuk removed, and with landscaping in progress

On Sunday, Mike and I had a very welcome busy morning in the restaurant. We waved goodbye to Julie and Yvonne after they returned from their circular walk to Betws y Coed via the lake. In the afternoon, we were sad to discover when Mike checked his bee hives that one of them has been broken into over the winter (probably by some small animal) and those bees are no longer with us.

On a lighter note, I spent yesterday planting around the labyrinth, whilst Mike found his tools and scratched his head, planning ready for today’s tasks. We decided over the weekend to give up waiting to receive the detailed plans before we start work. Back before Christmas, this seemed the only reasonable way forward, but as we are still waiting three months later, we have decided to return to our normal, more bullish, approach and just get destructive.
So today, Mike located the water pipes feeding a radiator in the long corridor – finally found under the floor boards:

Pipes that used to feed the radiator have been frozen and then capped
Pipes that used to feed the radiator have been frozen and then capped – but what lovely floor boards!

Then, whilst there were no visitors in the building, we removed a single piece from the block wall that needs to be removed to make space for the new stairwell.
The wall partitioning off the old entrance to the bar..
The wall partitioning off the old entrance to the bar..

... now has a little hole in it
… now has a little hole in it

It looks like this may be a longer job than we had hoped, but at least we have (re)-started!

And finally, I want to share with you a few more of the pictures Yvonne took with her snazzy camera – and even snazzier camera skills:

Yvonne and Julie's dog Foss on a walk by the river
Yvonne and Julie’s dog Foss on a walk by the river

..and Anna's dog who booted Jasper out of his bed and had a relaxed visit in the cafe
..and Anna’s dog who booted Jasper out of his bed and enjoyed a relaxed visit in the cafe

A shot of the scene slightly down river from Plas
A shot of the scene slightly down river from Plas

and finally, a lovely couple of moody shots of the manor

Remind you of anything? perhaps the Addam's family residence...
Remind you of anything? perhaps the Addam’s family residence…

Only a few years before we can turn our attention to this bit.
Only a few years before we can turn our attention to this old wreck.

Finally, don’t forget – if you are local – that we are holding a Red Nose cake sale in aid of Comic Relief a week on Friday, and hosting Pam & Ivor on the following Saturday: we look forward to seeing you!