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Stripey lawns achieved with the mower on Whitsuntide Monday - with Andy learning how to mow in a straight line eventually. Hedges trimmed, too, and only our second day... Very good to meet the neighbours; Cuckoo Junction was lost with Dr Beeching's prunings in 1964, but the level crossing gate posts remain - along with wire fence posts all over the place.
The views inspire and relax; this picture shows the early sun on the silver birch.
First things first: move the garage back a little and replace with a taller door. Move the wood hut and replace Mr Howell's old woodworking shed with something that doesn't leak. Stage one completed by Wednesday 17 June with the help of a couple of wise and capable local lads. The move if the wood hut was very similar to the pigsty in Lovejoy ('Highland Fling' episode, part 2 ).
This picture includes a view of the walnut tree - before the renewed garage arrived - and another of notre Privée Anglaise.
A fine job by Barry, Neil and Sean on the windows early August, with an interim pic of the breakfast room (!).
In the garden, the Ood lights have been joined by the weeping water stone and two barrels from Tuscany... Pics of the fruit trees available along with details on our small Labyrinth.
After a few drips and the replacement of the 5" flue with one insulated 6" version at the end of January 2010, the stove draws well, heats the water and the hallway radiator.
They say it doesn't snow in these parts; unsure where to use a toboggan, though!
Our gratitude stretches to yet more who have contributed to the works. Tom spent a week fitting together many of the thirty seven drawers from Mr Ikea. They're designed to save bending, reaching down and stretching into the farthermost reaches of the usual kitchen cupboard. Contents have been mostly allocated based on the regularity of their use with herbs and spices in top drawers followed by tins of tomatoes. The drawers nearest the kitchen table are packed with breakfast goodies making the consumption of toast a delight.
We dared to paint the purple guest bedroom in yellow and not change its name - until it was obvious that we hadn't enough yellow paint... Andrew moved into the bedroom mid August before the fourth coat of paint was dry. The en suite wall panels proved easy to trim to size, even around the window, and pipes have started to spring forth trailing from the rainwater storage tank, past the toilet and into a holding tank. Where to put the water gauge?
Keith popped back and fitted the soldiers above the French doors, smartening them up in the process. We spend far too much time cheering one another up when he calls by - so welcome is he.