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Richard was still working when Jackie and I went out for our meal last night. Using a scribing block, in preparation for the Crestwood flooring people tomorrow, he marked out a threshold, cut it to shape on his chop saw,
and pressed it neatly into position in the doorway to my study area.
He then found he needed to remove the door, shave a little off the bottom, and screw it back up again.
When we returned we found that he had not only left the place spotless, but had also fitted the cutlery drawer.
This morning, Conor arrived to prepare the floor for its covering. His yellow knee pads are essential protection for joints that are constantly bending and sliding across floors. First he sanded smooth the screed applied last week;
then swept it clean; mixed up a firmer base with which to cover it; and spread that smoothly.
It was then dried with a machine that sucked in air at room temperature and blew it out again. He delegated to me moving the dryer across the surface at regular intervals whilst he went off to another job.
In the afternoon he returned and once more smoothed the second screed before laying out the panels of pale limed oak Karndean flooring in two directions so we could decide in which direction we wanted it.
He then proceeded, with the edge of his long metal straight edge helping him transfer and mark his line, to cut his shapes;
apply his glue;
pressing the boards down by hand.
Elizabeth popped in for a while, and she and Jackie impeded my photographic progress by standing, squealing with glee, in the doorway.
This evening we dined at The Royal Oak. My meal was lamb shank served with an array of vegetables and bacon and spring onion mashed potato. With this I drank Ringwood’s Best, now termed Razor Back, apparently to appeal to a younger clientele. Jackie also enjoyed her chicken burger with fries and salad, She drank Amstell. I polished off the last of her fries.