So here we are. The end of an era. Ravendale House is sold, and our time in the rented cottage is almost up.
Building a garden from scratch is easier said than done, but for 15 years that is exactly what we did at Ravendale House.
It was often hard work, but we loved it and the result was our 'blank canvas' of 1998 was transformed into a beautiful and productive garden, which I hope you have enjoyed reading about in this blog.
But tide and time wait for no man and sad to say I am no longer able to give the garden the attention it deserves. It would break my heart to see it fall into disrepair, so the time has come to move on.
I will continue this blog in memory of 15 happy years gardening, but I don't have a garden at the moment so will start by telling the story of the last 9 months, so if you want to read the story from the beginning, please click here.
Week 8 only had 4 days due to the Bank Holiday, and started well enough on Tuesday with the laying of the floorboards where the pantry used to be.
Week 7 can best be summed up in one word, ‘plastering’.
The Easter weekend saw the welcome return of the house martins here at Joiners Cottage, making what could have been a long and frustrating 4 days into a pleasure, as we were able to spend the time watching their aerial acrobatics, in and out of the open sheds like miniature fighter pilots in a dogfight.
Week 5 started well when on Monday morning I saw my first swallow of the year. Whilst I realise this ‘doesn’t make a summer’, it does at least make me feel like the weather is heading in the right direction. Unlike the building work which feels to have slowed down somewhat, and with loosing 2 working days over Easter, panic is setting in as to whether we will be able to move in by the end of May, as planned. (This will become an issue in the next 10 days, as we have to give a months notice.)
Week 4 proceeded much as expected, with less ‘knocking down’ and more ‘putting back’ than previous weeks, which has to be a good thing, the plasterer is due next week and hopefully the staircase should arrive too.
Due to the start of British Summertime week 3 of the project started with 2 days of getting up in the dark. I thought I’d put that behind me when I retired, but at least I got to hear the dawn chorus again. Every cloud eh?.
Week 2 of the renovations has been mainly uneventful, though we have had one or two ups and downs.
Days 3 and 4 of the building work have passed without much incident, save to say the electrician called, disconnected the electrics, removed the consumer unit thing and then left, not to return until next Wednesday, so no more hot drinks then.
Today was our second day of ‘full-on’ building work, with the builders, at the new house and I’m pleased to say things have gone well. Let’s hope that’s how they continue.