Decorations Begin

This morning Nick Hayter made a start on decorating the last of the rooms in the house after the Kitchen Makers refurbishment.

He began with the entrance hall and the vestibule; his usual thorough preparation of the surfaces followed moving furniture about whilst retaining pieces for our access where possible. My computer desk in particular was left pulled forward from the wall so Nick could work behind it.

Unfortunately in the process Nick or I between us managed to disconnect us from the internet.

This required a call to Peacock Computers and a visit from Max this afternoon.

Be sure to admire his haircut obtained because he knew a visit to me meant he would be appearing on tonight’s blog post.

Here the two men discuss the problem.

This evening we dined on roast lamb; crisp Yorkshire pudding; boiled potatoes; crunchy carrots; firm Brussels sprouts; mint sauce, redcurrant jelly; and meaty gravy, with which Jackie drank Hofflegen, Flo drank Kombucha, and I drank more of the Barolo. Dessert was strawberries and ice cream.


  1. It’s almost impossible to accomplish any project like this without somehow disturbing the internet. I’m glad things were put to right so quickly!

  2. Strawberries and ice cream, yum! I’m glad that your internet is back and that your home continues to be improved!

  3. Go Max, love the hair. And Nick’s portrait with cup is excellent as well. We’re glad that you and Jackie are getting your Castle all fixed up.

  4. I don’t envy you having this decorating done (the upheavals that accompany it) but am sure you will both be happy with the result.

    1. We know what a vast improvement it will be. Nick has to spend a lot of time putting right what was done before we came here. Thanks very much, Anne.

  5. I love that Max got a haircut because he knew he’d appear on your blog. It looks great! ?.
    I hope the rest of the work goes smoothly.

  6. My one day to be my son-in-law is currently driving crates of fresh strawberries from the farm to the big city. He did drop off a few here. Thanks Joe!!

      1. Thanks for the link to a previous view of Max. He looks very neat in that one, so he is probably a well groomed man at all times!

  7. When I saw the title of tonight’s post, I thought you had started getting out the bunting for the weekend celebrations!! How wonderful to have this sort of decorating progressing!
    Max does indeed look great – and I’m so glad that he managed to get you back online so efficiently.
    Let’s hope we get some summer sun to compliment tonight’s summer dessert πŸ™‚

  8. That’s a fine portrait of Nick. It made me smile to imagine you awaiting your computer fix, knowing that Max needed to attend to his hair first!

  9. Obviously the internet has been sorted.

    “Be sure to admire his haircut obtained because he knew a visit to me meant he would be appearing on tonight’s blog post.” Now that made me laugh.

    I’ll have the strawberries and cream, thanks. πŸ™‚

  10. I’m glad you have such dependable helpers. It’s not easy to find people to do that kind of work here, at least not quickly.

  11. YAY for Nick and Max and their good hard work! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    HA on the haircut! You look super handsome and sharp, Max! πŸ™‚
    Is Nick wearing Jackson Pollock clothing?! πŸ˜‰
    Who is playing the guitar in the photo? Looks a bit like Mr. Buddy Holly.
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚ ❀️

    1. Thank you very much, Carolyn. Nick liked the Jackson Pollock observation. The guitarist was my brother Chris aged 17 – so, yes, Buddy Holly or Hank Marvin. X

  12. Moving computer tables imminently calls for occurrence of the phenomenon called Murphy’s Law. In certain situations it may prompt some agents to have a haircut. I hope those decorations are going to be exceptional.

  13. Getting a haircut because he would be appearing on the blog – that’s precious!
    Could we borrow some of your workmen, Derrick (see me turning green with envy)?

  14. The portrait of Nick is so good. I hope you offered him a copy of it. Even though everyone already said it, I think it’s really funny as well as delightful that Max made sure to get a haircut before coming over. I’m also quite excited to see more work being done on the house. Your place is going to be the most beautiful home in town.

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