A Journal Of Two Cottages and a Project
Now that its warmer and we have bookings in the 8 & 9 we are staying in 10 from now on. Unfortunately, as no 10 becomes almost a shed over the winter that means a lot of housework getting it habitable again. It’s not all glamour having holiday cottages you know.
A couple for weeks ago I tackled the kitchen. Unusually there were signs of mouse activity which meant with open shelves every surface and everything on the shelves had to be washed. I also tackled the 2nd bedroom which is where most of our packed for the duration of works stuff is stored. Only to find a hoard of wheat grains on the bed left by mice (this has happened once before when I mistakenly left some ears of wheat in a vase and later found the wheat in a pile under the sofa. This time however it was poisoned wheat that had found the mouse poison. Gross but needless to say there is no sign of them this week.
Saturday 4th May
A day of sunshine and showers and frustrating to try work in the garden. My 1st project of the weekend is to try to finish tidying the parking area which I started a couple of weeks ago. Its the first thing guests see so first impressions and all that. Had to keep rushing in between showers then while tidying the lawn edge and in from the rain guest from no 8 arrive back from a day out and park tight against hedge so have to work around the car and can not finish the job today. Work has included laying a mulching mat and defining border edges. The borders are going to look lovely when they come into flower.
Sunday 5th May
Finally finish off the parking area and tidying the living room of the house. All that remain to be done now is vacuum the carpets and but the blackout liners on the curtains for the main bedroom. House finally feel pleasant enough to relax in – just ignore the stack of cement and lime stacks in the corner of the living room. Saturday nigh surprises us as the wind drops, so we have a bonfire and manage to clear a lot of the hedge trimmings (I have serverely pruned most of the hedges in all the gardens this year).
Monday 6th May
After guests have left 8 & 9 I pop in and give the front gardens a quick weed and tidy putting the last of the wood chip down in no8. Finally cant start to work on the larger gardens of no 10 which need a lot of tidying. Turned the compost.
Richard does his usual mix a day and now the brick cupboard walls are nearly built. Big breakthrough is he is now breaking into the structure of the house as he begins to builds a wall next to the foundations andready to build supporting pillar midway.