For those of you who are counting, it is now 4 weeks and 5 days until the stair carpet, along with carpet for the first floor, arrives. We are still wading through building tasks to try to finish all the walls and so forth, which are kind of necessary before we can complete the finishing touches.
First, Mike plastered the ceiling (and later the walls) of the last of the bathrooms, whilst I was painting the first colour coat on the stairwell betweens floors 1 and 2.
After I had painted that, I was invited to clean out the room (shown below) so that Mike could start plastering the ceiling and walls. Well, that was fun – not least because we are running out of ‘spare’ space to put things…
…whilst Mike continued plastering, just in a different location.
I took the opportunity to continue painting, this time in the main bathroom…
… so that Mike can fit the sink and loo, and towel rail, in place when he has a spare moment.
The weirdest experience this week, though, has to be the selling out of cakes. We have been selling Jane’s delicious cakes for about 30 months now, and have never run out before. Yesterday, I was manning the cafe at the end of the day, and still had 3 cakes represented on the counter, and a total of 5 slices of cake to offer. Normally, this would have been sufficient. At about 4.30pm a couple arrived, closely followed by their two friends, and a few moments later another couple walked in. I took the order from the first couple, which included 2 slices of cakes. The second couple ordered the last remaining slice of one of the cakes. Before I had time to do anything, the third couple ordered two slices of cake. Imagine my momentary panic – how can I tell them the previous people had ordered that cake… but miraculously, the two slices they had ordered happened to be the last two remaining un-ordered slices. So I was able to provide what everyone needed… and then we had three empty domes. It’s the first time this has happened since we opened.
Anyway, back to the building. MIke still plastering, me still painting…
…and Jane, bless her cotton socks, has been baking. All cakes had been sold by 5.10pm yesterday: all three domes back in action by 1pm today. In fact, the third cake hadn’t even hit the counter before we had sold two portions. The chocolate and mint cake is, after all, a very tasty proposition!
We still have plenty to do, but are hoping – if the weather continues fair tomorrow – that I might get some respite from the painting tomorrow whilst I help in our busy cafe. Well, I can dream, can’t I…?