Hello everyone and I'm glad you've missed me! I arrived back today at 11am to a building site. The work of knocking through from the extension to the cottage has been done and we are knee deep in rubble and dust and dirt! I went to bed and had a sleep as I couldn't face tackling the mess at first. Then I got stuck in and it's looking a bit better and I can touch the kitchen surfaces without getting grit all over me now. The floor has had a good wash too, so that's much improved.
The new ceiling in the kitchen/diner is super - the old one was hideous. The next job for the builders is plastering the ceilings of the extension then the plumber will be required.
I've had a great time away and will blog about that when I've sorted out my many many photos. Kitty is gorgeous of course and Jack as adorable and funny as ever.
Just a few photos of what we came home to!
part of the new kitchen/diner ceiling, lowered about a foot
The new door opening into bedrooms 1 and 2 and the bathroom
The old doorway to the old conservatory now blocked off. Look at the lovely mess and dust/dirt!
the new door opening into my room. I don't think I'll be in there just yet!
the new doorway into the sun room from the snug
the same doorway, showing how thick the walls are!
We were a bit depressed really, but I suppose it has to get worse before it gets better and we knew they'd have to knock through at some stage and that it would create an awful mess. Ah well, Jim managed to set up my desk and computer, which is now working as you can see.
Buster was very pleased to be back from the kennels and punished us by eating Jim's mobile phone. Then my hearing aid packed in so I am 'wearing' my old one which is on the blink.
The 2 spotted orchids in the meadow are looking wonderful though, so we took some photos of them in all their glory. Actually I had to leave Jim taking them, as I was being eaten by horse flies. The joys of Ireland:
the multi stemmed spotted orchid, now almost fully out
the single stemmed spotted orchid
this is a close up of the above flower. Aren't the individual flowers beautifully marked? Do click on it to enlarge the photo.
A lovely bit of joy to cheer us up. I must go to bed now and I'll post some of my time away tomorrow.