To steal a line from the ‘Tractor Ted” Dvds, “Phew! That was a busy day!”. Well, five days actually!
This visit has been hard work! Mainly because of laying and grouting seventeen square metres of Terracotta tiles, but made worse by the sap sucking cold. The only respite being my newly installed heated towel rail!…..and of course the fabulous shower!
Gary has painted the salon, but even this was made hard by the cold as the oil based primer needed to seal in the tannin and stop it bleeding through, took two days to dry! Thus slowing the process.
On the only sunny and warmer day, I managed to replace the failed Mulberry with a new specimen and replant the old rootstock in a corner of the garden and to plant twenty five hazels (they do particular well here and will screen our view of the cattle shed!)
Other jobs completed included oiling the oak kitchen doors, installing a washing machine in the cupboard that used to be the toilet, decorating the kitchen (it was already half done) and sealing the newly laid floors. My extra large van has also had its cargo furniture for the salon and kitchen unloaded and placed in the relevant rooms ready for arranging and dressing on our family visit at Easter.
When we return in April, we will have a new front door and shutters (fitted by a French Joiner in our absence) and we will be ready to put the finishing touches to the nearly completed interior………..Hopefully it will be a bit warmer then!