OK – I think it had better be confession time. We don’t appear to have many photos from the last four days, and I realise this is because I have got a bit side tracked. Next weekend, we have a party of Dutch friends and some family coming over to stay, and the Dutch friends have yet to see our project in the flesh. Given that we have lived here for two and a half years now, as I looked around to consider all the places we will be showing them, I thought it was time for something of a tidy up. It seems we have a house where the waves wash items to the edge of rooms, or desks, or cabinets, where they become seriously becalmed unless I bring the Spring cleaning mode into play. Here’s hoping they don’t notice and just think we normally live in our newly ordered manner.
As you can guess, this cleaning is not an activity deserving of photographs, so I hope you will take it as read that I have been busy on unmentionable duties. Meanwhile Mike has continued with the rebuild and below you can see the second bathroom on floor 3 ready for fitting out.
Mike started by finishing the chipboard floor, and then laying the 12mm plywood floor over this.
Once in place, he mixed the cement and began laying the tiles which I was carefully passing to him, just out of shot.
Then whilst I nipped out to a committee meeting of the local tourism association, Mike continued to lay the awkward tiles around the edge.
Once the tiles were all laid, Mike grouted the floor and then couldn’t work on it for hours….
Yesterday I made my first test batch of teacakes. I tried two different recipes and invited customers to trial them. The feedback was very encouraging and helpful, and I will be trying the amended recipes in a day or so. As it happens, we had additional customers yesterday as the strong winds brought down a tree across the A470 which brought a few people into the cafe whilst they waited for operatives with chainsaws to clear the road. Today was very windy and also very wet – we had a party of cyclists in for lunch, and you should have seen the colour of the water after we wiped down the chairs!
Today I nipped to the wholesalers and then returned to fit insulation whilst Mike fitted the loo and sink into the bathroom. Tomorrow Mike will be having a well deserved day off, whilst I return to Welsh classes. I know I want to go; I know I enjoy learning the language; but there is something about the summer break and the rustiness this brings on which makes it particularly difficult to return to classes in September without feeling that your brain has atrophied over the summer…