An interesting day yesterday. Work was as usual, just work. But as I drove into the village, I was amazed at the size of police presence. To be honest, seeing two police officers in the same street is something special, but there was about six or seven of them wandering around. It then clicked !!! The post office has been hit again. That is the third time in two years. Two youths armed with a crowbar !! I’m not sure if they got anything this time though. I don’t mean to be sexist about this, but the place is run by two women. One in her late fifties, and the other in her late forties. It must look like an easy target.
All the new doors have been hung. Mrs H is going oil them with linseed oil, to get a decent colour, and then we shall apply a silk varnish. Should look great.
Time to go now. Youngest has gone to his bed (finally). He awoke at around 03:30 this morning, and of course so were we. He is still chattering away to himself, but I think both me and Mrs H will soon be asleep.
Work is beginning to get a little tiresome. Well maybe I should say, a little more tiresome. Don’t get me wrong, there are some good hard working people in the office. There are just more, who are not. People, for who second or third best is good enough. I do not like ‘good enough’. It smacks of complacency. Maybe it is because I’m a bit of a perfectionist, but the old adage ‘if a jobs worth doing……etc’ should apply. Take the wallpapering!! If I had the attitude that some of my colleagues have, then I could have put that paper on the wall in 1 hour, instead of 2½ hours it took me. But it would not have been done properly …. it would have just been second best. Here endeth the ‘rant of the day’.
The new doors were finally finished, and they look very good. They are a light oak, with stainless steel fittings. We have been advised, not to varnish them, but to use linseed oil as a preservative. Something which I quite agree with. The oil really brings the grain of the wood out. It is so easy to apply, and as it is absorbed by the wood, it of course does not add any thickness. I think Mrs H is quite up for doing the oiling. With them being internal doors, i think they will only need doing every two years.
Eldest is home for the night. He is in the old people show on Saturday. He is doing a stand-up routine, but has not really got any material. Fingers crossed it will be okay. We then have the local music gig on Saturday night. It’s called Strawberry Jam, at the Albion in Clifford. If it is half as good as last time, it will be a good night.
I did not get chance to post over the past few days. Decorating seemed to have taken over a little.
In the end, I only put one base coat on the walls. Mrs H was in a hurry to get it all finished, and to be perfectly honest, so was I. The walls did need two top coats, as expected, but it covered well, and looks quite good. I did a bit of ‘glossing’, but then Mrs H decided that she preferred a silk finish to the woodwork. Glad I had only done a small amount.
I started the wall papering on Friday, and got it finished first thing Saturday morning. Well pleased !! I really enjoy wall papering. I get a great deal of satisfaction out making it look as perfect as possible. I think that it’s the fiddly bits that I enjoy. The cutting around plug sockets and the like. This particular wall, only had six full lengths, but only two of them were straight, without any extra work. Next job……the dining room. A smaller room, but with more stuff to move. We are having new internal doors fitted tomorrow. I may post ‘before & after’ pics.
Eldest came up on Wednesday, and me and him went for a pint at the ‘Lion. He also came on Friday and stopped until Sunday, which was nice. We took him and his flatmate out for a meal on the Friday evening. He/they seem to be keeping their new place really tidy. We were both very impressed.
All three of us (youngest was on respite) went to the 2nd Boston Spa Beer Festival, at the village hall. We got there about 2:30, and it was nearly 8:30 when we left !!! Tried a lot of interesting beers/ales, and it was a great afternoon. Took him back Sunday lunchtime. We were all a bit apprehensive, as his flatmate was having some of his friends around on Saturday night, and I think we all expected the flat to be trashed. It was surprisingly in an excellent condition. A coffee table full of empty beer cans was the only evidence of any visitors at all. Well done R** !!
Well that’s the week covered, apart from a trip to Harrgate today, to finish the holiday off. Back to the grind-stone tomorrow. ** Latest news though, was that the eldest had been out looking for a job today. He was filling in application forms for a couple of restaurants really close by to his flat. One of which was currently looking for staff. So fingers crossed **