Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Fully Booked this weekend!

All our cottages are booked for the next two weeks. Eek! That means the caravan for us! I don't think so. Not if this weather continues.........
Will it be like this

                                  or like this?

We've got some vacancies later on in April if anyone fancies a break. We can do some late availability deals!

Monday, 25 March 2013

Work Work Work!

We arrived on Thursday the 14th ready to finally get on with lots of jobs , including finally finishing off upgrading the heating and hot water system in the main house and two cottages. Mike spent most of the weekend taking up carpets and floorboards, hanging radiators, etc,.  He did take a break to watch Wales crucify England at rugby. And of course Scotland lost but they didn't disgrace themselves. Good job we didn't go to the pub to watch it!
We did manage a walk on the Sunday, another attempt to walk across the new Dysynni bridge only to find that it still wasn't finished and open so we had to make do with a stroll along the beach and even had our first picnic of the year.

Monday arrived but Stuart and Steve didn't. Well did we really expect them to? Of course not!

Tuesday arrived and so did Stuart and Steve. Hooray!  Some progress was made on the new radiatiors but not much.  I went back to Macc ready to teach on Wednesday.

Wednesday arrived and so did Stuart and Steve. Hooray again! The radiators and new pipework were completed but very little, in fact next to no progress made on finishing off the hot water system so phase 6 or is it 7? has been pencilled in for May. Ah well, this Wales.

Thursday arrived, I returned and so did reliable Gareth to wire up the unfinished new hot water system. Great story about the Brazil nuts Gareth!

Meanwhile Mike completed his new recycling storage area outside Y Popty, I did a bit of sort of reupholstering of some rather tired bucket chairs and potted A LOT of petunia and lobelia plugs, as well as assorted seedlings.

Friday arrived and the rest of the country was more or less covered in snow. Llwyngwril wasn't but we worried about our guests getting here from deepest Buckinghamshire. The first couple arrived well prepared in a Land Rover about 5pm. The other two couples arrived much later but unfortunately the couple who booked , were ill so couldn't come. Their plan was to climb Cader Idris this weekend,  which wasn't going to happen with the high winds we had all weekend.  I think they made it as far as The Last Inn in Barmouth.

Other jobs achieved over the last few weeks include new carpets in Y Popty and Pen y Lon. Much needed new curtains made and hung in Pen y Lon and new shower installed in downstairs shower room in Pen y Lon.

A huge new bed installed in the master bedroom of Pentre Bach and new windows all round in Y Llaethdy.

The table tennis Scotland v England continues. I think England perhaps just has the edge at the moment but Scotland is putting up a good fight!

Oh and Mike got a mole on Saturday!

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

It's all happening at Pentre Bach!

What a busy and productive weekend we had.
After 5 weeks without a landline and therefore no Internet connection, last Thursday BT finally got their act together and sent out a team with traffic lights so that the Openreach engineer could safely repair the fault in the junction box up on the road coming into the village. We're can now communicate with the world again without having to go to Ro and Gerald's house to access our emails or wander half way up the drive to get a mobile signal!
Telephone clip art

On Friday a new bed was delivered for the main house. It's a zip and link bed so can be used as two separate single beds or connected together to make an extra wide double bed. In fact its big enough for 4 people!

On Saturday Mike successfully installed a much needed new shower in Pen Y Lon, lifted the old carpets from Y Popty and Pen y Lon and lost to me at table tennis! Oh and as it was such a glorious day, we managed a walk to see the new bridge over the Dysynni. However the approaches aren't finished yet so we couldn't actually walk over it.

On Sunday, I managed an early morning run along the beach, then Tony Carpet arrived at 11am to fit our carpets. Hoorah! We'd bought them back in October! 6 hours later we had badly needed new carpets fitted in Y Popty lounge, Pen y Lon's biggest bedroom, landing, stairs, hall and lounge. What a difference.
Oh and Mike beat me at table tennis.

All in all a busy and successful weekend.