Jonathan: All those little finishing tasks are so time-consuming! Today we’ve fiddled around with notices, driven in a few nails into the cladding where they’d been overlooked, fitted all the guttering and downpipes on the front, dismantled all the temporary shop fittings from the house conservatory. Denise cleaned Carrick and did all the washing; I creosoted all the garden gates (ideal conditions: it’s been dry weather for a fortnight or so and timber just soaks up the oil!) ; we moved chicks up from the nursery pens to the kindergarten and cleaned out the nursery ready for the chicks currently under the lamp; I issued pre-qualification questionnaires to contractors for an engineering project in Barra, and in between found time to just sit with Molly who is getting so old and frail and increasingly enjoys having company; gone down to the beach together with Tilly just for the pleasure of it; and with the weather so warm and dry we’ve started watering the greenhouses on a daily basis – in fact I had to water on the croft this morning. Phew – exhausting!
Denise: Building work completed yesterday, with just guttering and downpipes to fix and a bit of trimming and tidying up to do (as you can see from photos). J applies a second coat of floor paint last night and this morning, when he went off to to the croft – I moved in! J still has some work to do on shelves and smaller tables, and there’s notices and pictures and endless refinements to make, but the ‘Temporary Studio at House’ sign has come down and so that seems to me pretty much like moving in to an almost-complete new house.
Denise: Grotty weather it is – a fine rain driven in from the sea by a bullying wind, everything sodden; and what chance is there of getting the woodstain on the cladding for the new studio to dry …. Aaagh! But the tourists – and yes there are plenty about, albeit mostly holed up in front of warm fires! – want something indoors to do, and just now two men (not my typical big-spending customers by any means – they usually come on their own only for eggs) came to the house and after browsing for a bit over our temporary display in the conservatory spent £130 on hand-woven scarves, hand-made greeting cards, and lemon curd and jam. Result!