I was going to post old photos this week having spent time in the attic and thereafter( our very slender local weather girl uses 'thereafter' a lot) scanned them. But guess what: Naomi's solution for posting my photos doesn't work with scanned ones. Another flippin' problem.
Mick and Mandy are doing wonders in the family room: cracks scraped and filled, metal windows scraped and painted - everything washed down with sugar soap - endless white painting and now the treat : Wedgewood green on the walls. Mick doesn't like green but this isn't a green green for goodness sake - it's delicate like Tinkerbelle's wings.
I have not been idle. Mick is always tea but Mandy likes to ring the changes with coffee and it has to be white sugar. Biscuits are easy: Mandy likes 'anything with chocolate' and Mick is dotty about custard creams.
Every day this week I have had an appointment - normally I'm just busy on Tuesdays and Fridays and there has been a lot of paper work but the real bug bear is the curtains. There are eight - all floor length varying in width, lined and I added an extra draught proof lining as there is a lot of glass and when the wind is from the east the room is quite 'airy'.
This winter I had a brain wave and it is now my summer sitting room and the drawing room - much more protected - has been my winter home.
By the way I don't mind when people say 'Do you not think this place is too big for you?' But when they repeat it a week later I do. Back to the curtains: our local laundry no longer does dry cleaning so I decided to remove the heavy linings and wash them all myself. Both washer and dryer packed up in protest yesterday but Mick fiddled - mended a fuse and I breathed again.
But the ironing! So far I have done all the linings (I had to they were scrumfled), the smaller curtains and one enormous one. Just three more enormous ones to go. That's the week-end taken care of. Such fun but at least now I really am looking forward to my holiday instead of feeling slightly apprehensive. I'm trying not to think of the re-hanging.
The week after it's the plumber. See photos below.