Over the last week, we have had our first guests. All went well - I hope they will agree- and the house, which has been a hive of industry is almost quiet again. Hugh has been here- for the third weekend in a row- he has returned to Upton this evening, leaving Nicole and I with Rob and Susie, Hugh's son and daughter-in-law and they are going home in the morning.
I should start by going back to the end of January, where the last blog left off.
Kath arrived for the weekend, and spent most of it painting. I had been putting off decorating the lounge because of the size, but together we got started and I just needed to finish it off after she left. First guests were booked in by now, so deadlines were looming.
The room is now finished, mirrors reinstated, wood burner lit - very cosy! Thank you, Kath.
I then finished off the second bedroom..
....finally, just about ready for the first guests - both rooms booked for the whole week! Hugh had to drive over with last minute purchases of mirrors and light fittings, all fitted with minutes to spare!
At the end of the week, Rob and Susie arrived and have earned their keep, chopping wood and helping to strip the ivy from the palm tree - future family visitors please take note!
Meanwhile, over in the gite......
last seen with no roof, has been transformed...
Inside is also taking shape... the plumbing is in place for the shower rooms and kitchen.
The terrace is ready for the roof pillars to be added....
In the meantime, we have found time to smell the roses (or look at the crocuses anyway!) and enjoy the sunshine.