The biggest change here in the last week or so has been the weather. It’s been chilly, especially in the mornings and evenings and we’ve had more rain in the last week than the whole time we have been here. But every cloud…..
The Autumn colours have been splendid and September through to November we would suggest is a great time to visit.
We’ve been sharing the changing weather with several visitors some of whom were up for a bit of decorating and DIY. Special thanks to Mr and Mrs T (we’ll call them Mr and Mrs T2 to avoid any confusion!) who provided suffecient man (and woman) power to help us to all but finish our bedroom, the lounge and the hallway, and improve lighting to the degree that we could now cope with a decorating nightshift, if anyone were that keen!
Finally we also have some bedroom furniture. Having lived out of cardboard boxes for 3 months we are taking some time to adjust and there are still some finishing touches to be applied, but all in good time.
As Mr and Mrs T2 departed then so our decorating consultant Mr G returned to provide some much needed input in to the more technical aspects of decorating. We are getting to be dab hands with a caulk gun and have run the local DIY store dry of their supply.
The colder weather has brought our oil fired central heating system into its own. Only one radiator out of 15 has refused to co-operate and Mr J-M our life saving heating engineer is on the case. First he tried a well placed hammer tap (please mind the fresh paint!) and when that didn’t work a new thermostat was installed, fingers crossed.
Oil fired central heating requires oil (obviously) and we had a delivery this week. I appreciate that this is not a novelty for all but it was for us, until that is it came to paying the bill!
At the insistance of Mrs T, the woodburner was cleaned weeks ago in preparation for the colder weather, but Mr T kept putting off our first fire dispite Mrs T’s protests. But this week following a visit from the chimney sweep it happened, Mr T cut some wood and with a little coaxing and some help from some friends we got the fire going. This is obviously mans work, Mrs T was not allowed anywhere near the chain saw, and clearly lighting fires must be aligned with BBQing some how!
The cold snap has highlighted the need for some winter curtains in the lounge. Following many hours on the internet searcing for curtains wide and long enough to fit our very pretty but not so practical (in the winter or to clean!) windows, we finally found some ready mades which are a little too long. Mrs T is relishing the opportunity to find her inner and well hidden sewing genes (Mum and sister both fab seamstresses).
The rain has helped to highlight one or two minor (thankfully) failings in our tiling, chimney and guttering. Another of our lifesavers, Mr McC to the rescue.
Finally…. Domestic chores continue and Mrs T is well chuffed to have somewhere to hang the washing during the winter months without spreading it all over the house. It takes all sorts!