The Patio Is Done

Resetting the pressure on the heating system has not worked. The process only lasts for two hours.

This morning I spoke to Elaine at Tom Sutton Heating, leaving a twofold message for Ronan: First, would it help to turn off some radiators?, second, was it safe to keep repeating the adjustment with that frequency?

Later, she rang me back, to say that it would destroy the system if we continued at that rate. She did, nevertheless, have some good news. Having earlier told me that the pipework could not be carried out until 29th March, she was now able to inform me that she had managed to swap our date with another client, so ours would now be 13th.

Trusting that the new appointment day is not auspicious – after all, the Ides are not until 15th, – there now does seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Martin stayed a bit longer than expected today, because he was determined to finish the project on this visit without skimping on any of his legendary thoroughness.

The final grouting and cleaning of the paving, the sleeper step up to the Dead End Path, the low rock wall at the corner of the Pond Bed were finally finished to the craftsman’s satisfaction.

Before he left, he power washed the ageing patio furniture and settled them back on board. We will need them to suffice for another summer.

I enjoyed reading through my August 2012 posts up to the 12th, all of which contained their photographs and headers. Although I would be unable to move them without putting them into the WP gallery, this is not something yet necessary.

This evening we all dined on succulent rolled breast of lamb; boiled new potatoes; crunchy carrots; tender cabbage; crisp Yorkshire pudding; and tasty gravy. with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank Valle Central reserva privada Syrah 2021.


    1. I’ll ask 🙂 But the fare might make the cost too much, Carol. Thanks very much

  1. The patio looks so GREAT! YAY for Martin and his good, hard work! I see he has a parliament of supervisors watching his every move! 😉 🦉🦉🦉🦉 HA! 😀
    All my crossable parts crossed that the work gets done on the 13th and all is good again.
    🤞 🙂 Good thing you asked those important questions!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂 ❤️

  2. Excellent job, Martin! I like the rock wall and how the chairs look on the patio. Derrick, I’m glad you asked those questions about the heating system. Hope you’re staying warm enough.

  3. Martin does beautiful work! I am glad that project has been completed. The sun is shining and Martin is smiling!

    I hope the heating system repair goes well on the 15th, and as Doug said, I also hope it is unseasonably warm there for your sake. I also agree with Tootlepedal. It is a pity Martin does not do central heating.

  4. I sincerely hope your home/water heater saga is over soon. OMG! you have been having such a time with it!
    Glad you have the patio done.

  5. Soon you won’t need the heating and will instead be able to enjoy your patio and the furniture outdoors!

  6. A not so good news, and a wonderful news! The patio looks absolutely beautiful! What a great job Martin did! Congratulations to him and to you for having such a wonderful patio 😉

  7. Despite it all, you’re creeping forward toward resolution of all these issues: from the niggling to the flat annoying and life-affecting. Here’s to warm weather that allows turning off that heater, and a little patio sitting, too.

  8. The patio is looking lovely, a perfect area for Ellie to enjoy an afternoon nap in her pram in the fresh air.
    I was delighted to read that Suttons have brought the date forward for the heating to be fixed.

  9. Yay! The patio looks great and I hope it gives you joy during the warmer months. Too bad Martin doesn’t fix heaters because he knows how to get the job done.

  10. That patio and the surrounding area that Martin worked on is just stunning. SO excited for you to be able to lounge out there in the spring air admiring your lovely yard. SO sorry for the ongoing heating issues. i do hope the 13th brings good news. xo

  11. Wow your new patio looks fabulous Derrick!
    We’ve been having heating issues as well. It’s been a long winter! But we got a whole new system installed last week and so far, so good!
    Hope it’s all sorted for you now too.

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