The last three days have seen both of us working on relatively long term projects. I have been chiselling away old putty from 20 window frames, as we hope to replace the glazing units early next week. Mike has removed a pair of external doors which we plan to replace with a single door. Both door frame and door were ordered, with the frame due to arrive on Tuesday (which it duly did) and the door on Wednesday (which it didn’t). Mike carefully removed the old frame; built the new wall; and fixed the frame on Wednesday, but when the door did not arrive, checked with the supplier today who informed us the door had been received damaged and will be replaced early next week, so we have a slightly temporary door at the moment.
In other news: our boiler man is still beavering away on the hot water system – joy of joys, we now have hot water again; we met with the local fire safety adviser and had a very instructive conversation; and we have mowed several lawns and, given the rain forecast over the next few days, lit one of the bonfires to clear more rubbish. It seems that previous residents may have enjoyed some sort of game requiring them to throw items from the upper area outside the bar into the lower garden. We have already cleared four bulging bin liners of old cans and bottles, and tonight brought further success: we moved a wheelbarrow full of litter back up to our recycling bins after mowing.
On the flower front, we walked around a beautiful garden this evening which convinced us of one thing – we really will need to get a midge machine to be sited outside the restaurant as we both got bitten many, many times! Also, a cactus plant which Mike rescued from his Grandad’s bathroom in 1986 has flowered again- not a bad return on 30 years of care.