Hi everyone I’m back.
It is strange going away in the middle of one month and coming back the next I feel quite disoriented and still do not know what the day or date is properly without looking at the calendar. I can see why some retired folk say they don’t appreciate when it is a weekend anymore.
So you may be asking how was the holiday…did we have good weather and did we get lots done on the cottage and in the garden?…did we manage to buy the paint from Homebase before we went?…most of all did we have a great time and have a good rest?
Well, it was not the holiday of our dreams I can say that – all was going well over the Easter weekend – lots of sunshine and we made the most of it both going out and gardening until on Easter Monday when I slipped on the concrete edge of our pond and went down with a bang injuring my back (yes my second accident this year and I haven’t even taken the crutches back yet from the previous accident to my foot!)I spent the rest of the week in agony and often flat on my back until I got to see an Osteopath on the following Monday and during the week he manipulated things back into place enough for me to travel down home to England this last Monday with a sick note for a few days and strict instructions not to garden, lift or even try any exercises yet.
Poor hubby had to do all the meals and gardening as well as supervise the re-roofing.
All I could do was watch the plants and weeds grow and lay there listening to audio books and thinking… I did quite a lot of thinking.
I actually discovered that thinking can be quite therapeutic – and I had plenty of time to think…about what I might like to do and not do and I will no doubt get around to sharing some of this with you over time on my blog, but in general I feel quite glad of this enforced thinking time.
So here are a few snapshots of our Easter break…
I love this picture looking out over Luce Bay when the colour of the sea is almost the same colour as the sky.
When I could sit in the car we had a short trip across the other side of the peninsula to Port Logan Bay below where they made the TV program 200 Acres of Skye.
But to get on with the practical update here are the pictures of our cottage roof being re-roofed. The slates arrived on time in large crates…
and the roofers got straight to work removing the old slates…
and covering the sarking boards underneath the slates with the breathable membrane now used in place of roofing felt. Only Scottish roofs have this kind of boarding as English roofs have battens fixed onto the membrane or felt to hang the slates from. The boards were in pretty good shape and only a few rotten bits had to be cut away and replaced.
Then began the arduous task of re-slating, a back-breaking job, but we supplied plenty of tea and biscuits to help them along…
Then ‘big Harry’ arrived on the scene (their term not ours I must add) to cut the hole in the roof and fit the Velux window.
all neatly fitted on the outside but from inside a bit of a hole still remains but that will be another job another day…
As soon as two sides were completely slated the zinc corner strips (I have no idea what they are officially called) are put in place.
And there we left it but hopefully it is now complete and watertight.
Below is the garden when we arrived…
and as we left it had sprung into life with a mass of nodding bells along the woodland walk.
So that was our holiday – hope you all had a good Easter…and yes we did get the paint and also a mini wooden greenhouse that fits against a wall – more about that soon.