Although the fierce winds that we have experienced for the last few days continued to pound us for much of the day, it was warm, sunny, and bright, encouraging me to wander round the garden with my camera.
A few trugs were transported, and a few pots blown down;
some trees were being stripped of their foliage,
although others still sported autumn hues.
Flower beds remained reasonably colourful.
The good news of the day is that Nick Hayter was able to start our decorating project on time and that the impending lockdown allows him to work on. Living up to Barry’s recommendation he is a relentless, thorough, worker, and, given the atrocities we inherited he needs to be.
He began today with a zinsser primer on the false ceiling rafters, and progressed to
the momentous removal of the equally fake picture rails, which longer term readers will remember are in fact dado rails – still bearing the supplier’s bar codes – and as such flat topped and therefore useless for picture hooks.
It was later that Nick realised that the original wall paint had not been thinned and consequently simply peeled off like stiff paper.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s spicy lamb jalfrezi and aromatic savoury rice with a plain paratha. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden and I drank Coudougno Faugeres 2019.