Carefully Cutting To Shape


Compared with that experienced in other parts of the world, including the rest of the UK, the Christmas cake icing barely coating our garden when we awoke this morning could hardly be called snow. It was a little thicker later on,

and by late afternoon could even display avian footprints.

The Waterboy’s fountain was so frozen that its pump had to be turned off.

Despite a heavy cold, Connor turned up early this morning and completed the flooring. Some of the furniture had been placed in the far left corner to enable him to cover all the other areas. When he was ready to fill that space he rang for help to move the items off the previously prepared screed. Within ten minutes Andy arrived to help. A sheet of plywood was utilised to protect the new flooring. Andy, working at his usual rate of knots, didn’t even take time to remove the hooded jacket that had protected him from the sweeping snowflakes.

Once the final screed base had dried, Connor, carefully, cutting to shape where necessary, completed the job to an exemplary standard.

The fact that we ate at The Royal Oak for the third night running had more to do with the treacherous weather conditions than anything else. This was no hardship. I enjoyed my chicken ham hock, and cider pie in short crust pastry with red wine sauce, broccoli, manges touts,  peas, and mashed potato accompanied by Razor Back beer; Jackie was equally happy with her barbecue flavoured macaroni cheese and garlic bread. She drank Amstell.

70 responses to “Carefully Cutting To Shape”

  1. Had to tease you about the oak, we just put the same down in our dining room and hallway, kitchen had already been done a few months ago.

  2. I hope you don’t both catch Conor’s cold! The floor looks really good. I hope none of Jackie’s lovely plants have been damaged by the snow and ice.

  3. Wow Derrick, What you call a scattering of snow, is more snow in total than we’ve had here in Geelong for 66 years. Hope it thaws out for you soon.

  4. That floor is a beauty. Glad everyone is safely negotiating the slippery roads. Also, so good your area is escaping the worst.

  5. The fine, powdery snow over the pathways and denizens of your garden make for a pretty series of images, perfectly exposed and frozen for the posterity. I would say the same for your kitchen.

  6. Shame the weather has got the better of Richard – which is actually unheard of in the past! Richard never misses a days work !! He will be back as soon as conditions allow!

  7. I miss the snow so very much but I guess if it were a hazard would not want much of it. I was just thinking that for once there was a young man with decent underpants and then read your comment on having cropped some pics πŸ˜€

  8. Even though I predicted that winter wasn’t finished with us here in Toronto, the blast of snow that blew in last night was most unwelcome but not surprising. We have a saying here…when March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb. We’ll see what happens. Not sure what we have is lion like; it’s already starting to melt. Beautiful floor by the way. You must be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

  9. Your garden pictures of snow make a significant change from your normal outdoor photographs. I imagine you can’t get out in your car to treat us with shots of your New Forest creatures in their current wintry habitats.

  10. The beautiful kitchen and surrounding areas are coming along very well!
    I would love The cider pie with red wine sauce. Mmmm! Every meal here helps to get my stomach growling, Derrick.

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