1. The house is now built so there isn't that much to report on
2. We haven't had time to make any significant headway on the list of things that we still need to do
3. My spare time has been taken up with reading a fellow bloggers' blog, which is tracking the progress of Modjajdi and her crew as they head south . Each one of Jennys' posts has me in fits of laughter and makes me realise how dull my blog is, so I guess I have also been suffering from a bit of stage fright too!
Still - a rare window of opportunity opened up this weekend and we were able to make some blog worthy progress at last! Top of the list was fixing the bit of dripping gutter that had decided to pop out of its clips in the last lot of rain we had. Not sure how rain can make it pop out and then it needs 2 people, lots of puffing and swearing and a cat onlooker to get it back in again...
The 'last minute door' that was added to the ensuite gym has now been varnished - much to the disgust of the cats as they can't stand the smell!
The major achievement though was finally getting the top of the fireplace sorted out. The top brackets had be cut off when it arrived as it was too big, and we were left with a 'simple' task of 'simply' screwing them into the side of the fireplace and the putting up the magnetic panels... 2 previous attempts earlier in the year resulted in complete and utter rejection of the task being anything near 'simple' and required a lot of time, patience and head scratching to get it right. Fortunately Dan managed to see a way through it, disappeared into the garage to cut things up (for quite a long time!), then balanced on the ladder waiving various power tools around his head, and the job was done, transforming the fireplace from an eyesore into a feature - and it looks better than any of the pictures ever did!
Whilst we were pondering on the issue, we also managed to evict a whole family of unknown bugs and yards of spider web from the inside of the roof lanterns. 3 meters high doesn't sound a lot, but when you have to climb a ladder that gets you that far off the ground, it's very high! Good job we don't have to do that every week....
So whilst the list is far from finished, at least we are making progress!