Sunday 16 December 2012
Last Thursday morning, right on breakfast time, window man turned up with our new window and proceeded to fit it. For a while we were a bit affronted that he’d (a) disturbed our breakfast and (b) made us shiver a lot while we ate it, as the outside temperature was -4 oC, but then we remembered that Christmas was coming and we were grateful that the window was at least in place before it arrived. To add insult to injury our Aga went out the night before so we didn’t even have that to huddle round in the kitchen, but we were okay, we survived the experience. He didn’t take very long and made a very nice, tidy job of it, so we paid him and off he went.
On Saturday morning builder friend arrived to start making good all the plaster and skimming over things like the filled-in doorway and the serving hatch that we had never used as a serving hatch (so one could argue that it was just a square hole in the wall). Gone now! We’re gradually reclaiming our walls, which Gordon’s parents seemed determine to fill with doorways and serving hatches (okay, there was just the one hatch and two doorways, but they each had their own wall). To paint a general picture, wall one had a serving hatch and large doorway, wall two had a doorway, wall three had a patio doorway and wall four has two doors and an inglenook fireplace, which doesn’t leave much actual wall.
This morning I went out to buy wallpaper, we have paint at the ready and are just waiting now for the plaster to dry enough to paint over. I’m not sure if it will be completed by Christmas but I think we’ll have a good stab at it.
And then we’ll put the tree up!