Who needs fairies at the bottom of the garden when you can have swans?!
My regular scattering of swan food around the waters edge is obviously paying off! A lovely pair have taken to appearing soon after we arrive on site, and the male in particular boldly strides up for a food handout whilst generally making himself at home and checking out the new pond under construction!
These last two weeks seem to have run into each other we have been so busy!
The newly fitted enclosed stairs have been treated with fire retardant and all the trims and skirtings fitted since the summer have been varnished, together with another coat on the window frames where necessary.
The outstanding materials apart (that's another story!), Tony and I have cleared the entire house of it's temporary floor covering of cardboard! And jolly hard work it's been too!
We first had to clear the floors of all the redundant materials - timber, tiles and tools - sweep the floors and then start on the painstaking task of removing metre upon metre of masking tape from around the perimeter of each room on our hands and knees!
However, as this week's photos show, it was worth it! What a difference it's made, the house is nearly a home!!! I had forgotten what the floors and the kitchen looked like, well last summer was a long time ago!
All we need now is the builder's clean, though of course it would be nice if completion came first!!!
Sad footnote: the 4 goslings are no more; whether they were eaten by predatory pike or succumbed to the wintry weather is pure conjecture, but I am sure mum and dad will try again soon!