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Today we had a further opportunity to watch skilled craftsmen at work. Two men from Crestwood came to prepare the surface for the kitchen flooring. Andy arrived at 7.45 a.m.; Connor some half an hour later. By 10.30 they were on their way to the next of three more jobs for the day. Yesterday Richard had expressed delight that this was the team that would be carrying out the work because they worked so fast. They proved to be human dynamos.
First there was a little tidying and application of masking tape.
Next, tubs of screed material were mixed in the front drive, carried into the house, and poured onto the floor.
Connor wielded the flat, oblong, trowel like the artist he is, while Andy kept him supplied with the viscous material. Despite the cold weather it is clear that the younger man became quite warm.
Jackie and I lunched at Redcliffe Nursery. My choice was Danestream Farm Shop justifiably award-winning steak and kidney pie, carrots, broccoli, and sautéed potatoes with gravy that would have graced Jackie’s table. She enjoyed Shepherd’s pie with similar vegetables. We also bought cheese and pickle and ham sandwiches for our evening meal. These were made with thick granary bread.
Have a great evening Derrick
Thanks a lot, Andrew.
Glad things are progressing smoothly. It will soon be all done and you’ll ne back to normal! Gary
Thanks very much, Gary
You’ll be glad to go back to normal, suppose .
You bet. Many thanks, Sylvie
All looks very impressive so far.
Quite stunning work, Roland. Many thanks
Should look good once all finished.
Many thanks, Miriam
I like watching skilled people work.
They certainly are. Many thanks, Mary
That is an amazing process isn’t it Derrick – I guess they also have to work quickly in case the stuff starts to set before it is level. You got the perfect shot when you caught the screed in movement under the trowel. Now why haven’t you done that tiny bit under the table at the far end?
They are leaving that until later, because they had nowhere to put the table 🙂 Many thanks, Pauline
I knew there would be a good reason 🙂
Pauline asked my question. Amazing that they can do it in stages like that.
They are incredibly well coordinated with each other. Andy is coming back this evening to do that last bit. Thanks very much, Jodie
You are fortunate to have found such efficient and competent craftspeople, Derrick!
We most certainly are, Merril. Jackie chose them because of the window boxes around their sale room 🙂 Many thanks
So cool to see this process!
Many thanks, Lynn.
I’m sure it’s more fun for us to go through this process than it is for you two – but this is really great. Thanks for sharing.
Very many thanks, Jodie. My mind boggles at the skills and the care
Oh, it’s always lovely to see people who are artists in their craft.
How beautiful it will look!
Many thanks, Laurie. It looks pretty good now
Every cat in the neighbourhood is waiting its moment..
🙂 🙂 🙂 Thanks very much, Jessica
These folks certainly are the opposite of your cable customer support people. It’s going to be fantastic!
That’s a good point, Jill. Many thanks
Holy moley! New Kitchen! I must catch up.
Many thanks, Boomdee
Just checking the days progress. I’d better come tomorrow!
Great to see you on here, Richard
Wow, this is an amazing thing to watch.
It certainly is, Lisa. Many thanks
I’m so looking forward to the finished brand new kitchen!!! 🙂 <3
I am quite enjoying the graphic running commentary. The artisans’ clothes look ruined!
Don’t they just. Thanks very much, my friend
Derrick sahib, hard work pays but when we combine the two, it pays handsomely.
Many thanks, Harbans
My pleasure. :))
There are few things more beautiful in life than watching skilled people doing what they do …. entrancing, humbling and delightful. Thank you Derrick – I adored this set!
Very many thanks, Osyth
I love watching people work, esp when they do a thorough job. ?
Thanks a lot, Vaayadi
You can take some of the credit, Derrick, since you picked these people to do the job!
🙂 Many thanks, Diane
You always seem to find the best people to do work at your house Derrick. That is a rare gift.
Very many thanks, Geetha. And a lot of good fortune.
Welcome Derrick. That is true too
Steak & kidney I’m drooling
🙂 Thanks a lot, Brian
I am so curious to see what the floor is going to be. Are you renovating the whole house? I don’t even know what screed is…or why its being used other than a prep for more to come…? What next? Wait and see… (Sorry, I have not kept up daily with even the best WordPress bloggers I enjoy in my Reader this year!)
Thanks a lot, Cynthia. No pressure. Just the kitchen until we can afford more. Screed is preparation for the final layer
Thanks for clarification. I am sure it will look wonderful
And you drank…? Fascinating to watch him apply that muddy looking concoction. Was that to levels the floor?
Thanks a lot, Steve. Actually I didn’t drink. I don’t normally do so in cafés, and somehow a good wine doesn’t really go with ham sandwiches on the sofa. 🙂 Yes, the screed is to provide a level surface