Woke up to another glorious day and we knew it was going to be hot. On a must do list was to get the shutters made for the back window to make it secure when we are not here.

We were aiming to get them looking like the other old ones in keeping with the old look of the barn. We had some old poplar left over which we had ear marked for the outside and old left over floor boards were ideal for the inside of the shutters.

We got cracking before the sun hit the terrace and when it did hit the terrace the parasol went up and so we could continue. Mainly cutting everything to size, then srewing the 2 sides together and offering it all up before lunchtime.

After lunch Al set too with the hinges whilst I gave thesecond half of the ceiling  it’s last coat. the paint literally just made it, the pot is now empty and the ceiling is painted. Looking bright and good well we think so.

Then went to help Al who was giving the shutters a weathered look by lightly burning the wood with a blow torch and then I was wire brushing off the soot as such so the wood comes out looking it is old. We got the effect we were looking for. Only thing left was to hang them in place et voila all is good.

Just need to fit some security bars and that is another big tick.

It was then quick showers and headed off to Lee’s for a BBQ. A lovely evenign with his new family all there, so great to meet them properly, and to catch upw with Justin and Emily and family and John and his daughter too.

Great food, good company and amazing views from his place. We got a tour of all his hard work on his extended house, which has tripled in size and it really is a cracking spot. Headed home and to bed. Had forgotten the torch so getting up the hill in pitch black was amusing!!!








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