Made some new friends this week, well actually they're friends of Ziggy's really! He's the Bedlington T you've already been introduced to, and who my sister has fallen in love with, but as I said to her, "I saw him first!!".
Anyway, horrors, I've forgotten their names - and no, it's not little and large - so I've made a mental note to find out for next week for you!
I was inspecting the burst bullrushes (as one does!) at the bottom of the garden and spotted one of the swans, the closest I've seen them just here. Bet they won't be so reticent when they see my big bag of 'seaduck' pellets!
Also spotted a jay in the garden, that's 2 weeks running now!; and a first this week - a great spotted woodpecker, very at home high up in one of the siver birches! Plenty of robins, tits and pied wagtails too, must be those sunflower hearts I've been putting out!
Now to work!
The balustrading to the decking is now complete and has had its first coat of green stain, and also that on the first floor balcony, although that will be the same as the house colour.
The construction of the steps will be the next job, which will be very strange as we've all got quite used to stepping up on the pallets!
The guttering and downpipes are now in place, so hopefully they'll be no wet decking come the next deluge!
The handsome solid fuel fire arrived and the first thing the lads said was "can we have a coffee?".
The granite hearth is being cut and polished as we speak, so we'll wait for that to arrive before positioning the fire.
A studwork partition to hide the services has been formed in the shower room on the first floor, which will then be tiled. Talking of tiling, more floors completed this week: the aforementioned shower room (with black & white speckled!) and the platform for the freestanding bath (matt gothic black!) and also the grouting (with dark grey/light grey grout - what else did you expect?!).
And that's your lot!
More next week, have a good one!