Project 366 2020 Week 33 Day 222 – 228 Another week of getting used to the new normal – the week we finally got our double glazing installed and a new front door.
Sunday 9th August – Day 222
We spent more time sorting things in the house and my son helped me water the neighbour’s plants. Looking around our garden and it looks like our sunflowers will be out soon. Once again though it appears we’ve got really small headed ones. Not quite what we wanted.
Monday 10th August – Day 223
A scorching hot day and the start of the house transformation. Was strange to drive around the corner from work and see white windows. The guys did a cracking job and got everything done today except the front and patio doors.
Brewster took the noise in his stride but Paddington was scared to death.
Tuesday 11th August – Day 224
Day two of the house transformation, another scorcher and it’s complete albeit with a little glitch. We’ve got a little bit of touch up painting to do, but generally, that’s in areas we need to redecorate anywhere. The front door is just wonderful, we are so pleased with it, and we have so much light in our hallway now I keep thinking I’ve left the front door open.
There is a manufacturing issue with the patio doors and they need to be reordered and replaced with the ones in situ now. But we can open and close them and really, as long as the issue is fixed, it really doesn’t seem that important when I look over at my neighbour’s house knowing what she’s dealing with right now.
Fireworks at 10.30 pm woke my son up and that was us set for a very unsettled night.
Wednesday 12th August – Day 225
With two torrential downpours during the night, no one got much sleep here. The seals on the windows seemed to be ok though, so that was a positive. Unfortunately the same couldn’t be said for the patio doors which kept me on my toes trying to stop the carpet from being totally sodden.
It was over 40 degrees against our garden wall when I got home from work – stifling and no breeze at all. We’re all tired and a tad grumpy.
Thursday 13th August – Day 226
I’d booked tickets for Upton House for this morning so the OH dealt with the double glazing team when they came round to look at the issue with the patio doors. Some sort of missing drainage hole apparently. It poured with rain again today at home and all remained dry so hopefully, that’s all sorted now, just waiting for the replacement doors to be manufactured now.
The weather forecast said it wouldn’t rain until this afternoon. It lied. We were wearing our waterproof coats but just after this photo was taken it absolutely hammered down. We tried to wait it out when we found some cover, but we were soaked and the rain didn’t look like stopping any time soon. So for the first time, I can ever remember we abandoned our plans for the rest of the day and headed back home to dry out. Obviously it was then dry all afternoon.
Friday 14th August – Day 227
More rain. British summer is back then.
The cat that got the bird. The downside to having cats is that they are natural hunters. We often find the remains of field mice in the garden and feathers, lots of feathers. Today I got to see first hand, Paddington at his worst. He actually does wear a collar and it has a bell on it. The bell doesn’t scare birds away. A collared dove wasn’t quick enough, and there was no way Paddington was going to let me save the bird from his clutches. Not a proud Mummy moment 🙁
Saturday 15th August – Day 228
Six years ago today my son and I were enjoying a day out at The Vyne with Tina from The Soup Dragon Says, and her son. We were having a lovely time when we were messaged with some awful news. Elspeth, the daughter of our friend Jenny from The Brick Castle had taken her own life. Just a tragedy. Sunflowers have been a symbol of Elspeth ever since and it seems apt that mine came into full bloom today. Today we are remembering Elspeth, thinking of Jenny and her family and also thinking of other family friends coping with the grief of losing their son/brother so very recently. It’s a day for reflection.