Monday, 22 March 2010

Our first casualty...

We only had a couple of things on the 'to do' list this weekend - we have decided to try and tone it down a little as it was becoming a bit overwhelming spending all of every weekend on the house (not to mention exhausting).

One of the things on the list, was to clear the particularly entwined and stubborn ivy to the right of the entrance (which was growing around the stump of what would have been a very large tree):

I went out and left Matt + Dad + chainsaw to do the deed. As Matt put it when he phoned me a couple of hours later - there was some good news and bad news. The good news was they did a splendid job of clearing the fence:

The bad news was that Matt was calling from the hospital as Dad did a splendid job of cutting open his knee with the chainsaw.

Oops. Several stitches later he was all patched up. Until sepsis set in that night. And now he can't walk for the next four days and has to have a nurse visit daily for intravenous antibiotics.

True story.

In other house news, the painters are working hard on the exterior - as they say, it's 90% preparation and 10% application so there's lots and lots of sanding, hole filling and primer application going on. The block work has had an undercoat, now all the sashes and frames are being done. These guys are awesome.

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