Windows into our world

I start with apologies regarding the last post. We had written an update on 20th April, but didn’t notice we hadn’t posted it live until someone (thanks, Charley) asked when the next post would appear. So today, even though we are posting the day after our previous post appeared, the news covers the last five days.
Last Friday and Saturday saw us working on one of the sets of balcony doors

Evidence that the sun does shine, even in Snowdonia
Evidence that the sun does shine, even in Snowdonia

Carrie removing the old paint before Mike re-glazed the door
Carrie removing the old paint before Mike re-glazes the door

Mike helped me to clear the jungle which had been growing on the rock which ‘overlooks’ the long corridor. He got quite an ow-ie when he was using his superior strength, and the mattock, to break old rhodo roots off a rock. The momentum pushed his finger up against an old branch and it was then trapped by the hammer handle. It is healing well, but there were a few choice words said at the time.

The rock face, without the weeds, old rhodos and brambles, and assorted bottles, tins, cutlery ...
Part of the rock face, without the weeds, old rhodos and brambles, and assorted bottles, tins, cutlery, cups, glasses …

but, were we could, leaving the moss, ferns and other desirable plants in place
but, where we could, leaving the moss, ferns and other desirable plants in place

On Sunday and Monday, we were both working in the cafe most of the day, but I snuck a few moments for further clearing of the rock face, my reward – I was told – for calculating and submitting the VAT return.

Some rock exposure now achieved, but still plenty of 'stuff' to remove
Some rock exposure now achieved, but still plenty of ‘stuff’ to remove

Last night, our sleep was somewhat disturbed by the hail showers, and we woke to see Moel Siabod and our cars clothed in white. During the day we had further hail showers, but we continued with the stripping and re-glazing schedule. I only took a few minutes out to clear part of the slope of dense brambles which were beginning to obscure the platform outside the doors we are working on, to help it look slightly less neglected.
I forgot to take a 'before' picture but I assure you it was a tangle of bramble, dead rhodo, leaves and assorted household waste.
I forgot to take a ‘before’ picture but I assure you this was a tangle of bramble, dead rhodo, leaves and assorted household waste.

All we need to do now is work out what sort of plants to put in to stabilise the soil and brighten things up – and find the time to put them in. Dim problem!

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