Tuesday, November 28, 2006

And the rain came pouring down!




Phew! What a busy few days.......

Louise ended up having Friday off school as well as Thursday - great for getting some Christmas stitching done - not so good for keeping on top of my paid job - never mind back again this morning to face the fray!

Saturday saw a morning of cooking while Nigel watched Nick play football - a home game against a neighbouring village who they thrashed 18 - nil! Even Nick scored a goal and he's usually in defence or goal.

Then the afternoon saw us helping a dear friend of ours move into a house about 400 yards up the road from us - she's moved from Banbury in Oxfordshire and we helped her with the offloading.

Then it was nine of us for tea as we fed her and her helpful other friends with the cooking I'd been doing in the morning - Chicken Tarragon Casserole, Jacket Potatoes, Veggies and Apple and Raspberry Crumble with cream and ice cream for afters.

Sunday was an odd day - Sarah had a rugby tournament in the afternoon playing a pool arrangement for the first round of the National Cup. Sadly they lost both games but they were no pushover and one of the teams actually presented them with a box of chocolates because Sarah's team had given them the hardest match so far this season.

Because it was Nick's birthday party in the afternoon neither of us went to watch her play which felt very strange.

Nick had a 'Climbing Wall' party at our local leisure centre - a wonderful way to occupy twelve 11yr old boisterous boys and girls - one and a half hour's climbing with a qualified instructor and then half an hour to wolf down a picnic box type tea - brilliant!!! They all had enormous fun - even the adults!

Then Monday dawned bright and showery with the Conservatory fitters here to add the top half to our conservatory.

All okay until they confessed that the company had forgotten to order the roof panels ................. grrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!

So we now have a very fine conservatory al fresco!

And of course we've had record rainfall over the past few weeks - last night being no exception - so now we're putting a call out for any local Noah's to come and bail it out.

Fortunately we have one of those wet and dry vacuum cleaners which sucks water up so Nigel has been valiantly sucking out the 'lake' over the past couple of weeks and will obviously have to continue to do so until they return with the roof panels next Tuesday.

A slight delay but at least the top matches the bottom in size and eventually all will come right - sadly because of the delay we won't be in there for Christmas but never mind these things are sent to try us - and try us they jolly well do. Just glad we weren't having it built before a big family occasion like a wedding or something.

The stitching has been coming along great guns - here are the fronts for the two cushions for my brother and SIL - lots more to do but making good progress

Right I'd better head off and get ready for work............

13 comments:

Ann said...

wow, what a busy few days you have had. SS to hear about the delay in getting the roof on your conservatory, I can't wait to see the finished pictures. Looks like it will be a beautiful room to spend time in. I love lots of windows. Celtic knots look great, too!

Clare said...

Thank goodness for wet and dry vac's! Hope the roof panels arrive when they say they are. Celtic knots are lovely.

quiltpixie said...

the colours in the celtic knots are so beautifully subtle -- very elegant. Hope the roof times arrive soon....

joyce said...

Too bad about the roof pannels but the room is going to be so wonderful. I love the cushion tops. I have a thing for Celtic Knots although I have never made one.

YankeeQuilter said...

Those Celtic knots are beautiful. I saw flooding up by Anyho (spelling?) today. What used to be a field was now a small lake!

Here's hoping they are quick with the roof!
Sio

Tonya R said...

That's great to have a close friend moving so close to you. I'm rather envious. Hope it doesn't rain anymore on your house.

Lois R. said...

So sorry to hear about the roof panels. What you have looks fabulous!

The celtic knots are beautiful. I love the soft taupes/beiges. Just beautiful!

Tracey said...

The sunroom looks nice so far, even without the roof panels! There is always bound to be some sort of delay or complication with construction project like these, but in the end it will be well worth it!
My Daughter just had a birthday party similar to your sons, the girls had a blast as I'm sure the boys did. (I've got pictures of it on my blog from last week)

Judy said...

When they finally get it done it will be well worth all the extra effort!! Looks great so far!

I have a question about the bias tape that you make. DO you sew your strips and then use bias bars and press the seam to the back? or do you use a bias tape maker that turns under the sides but no seam. Reason I ask is that I've always used the sew method and then switch the seam to the back and press on the bias bar, but, this makes the side away from the seam super stretchy and the side WITH the seam stretch a bit but not enough for a tigh curl. This makes it hard to have a long length that can curve each way. I noticed that you get a very tight curve both directions, so I thought I would ask. I had a devil of a time with my last piece because I need a tight curl on both sides and just couldn't get one. Thanks!

Fiona said...

What is it with builders? Conservatory still looks good - even without the roof panels. The cushions look really classy - like they belong in an elegant drawing room on a cream sofa. (Did you say your brother had children? ;-)

Doodlebug Gail said...

Your new conservatory looks lovely - sorry about the rain and that you won't be in for Christmas.

Love the celtic knots - wow, absolutely lovely and so elegant looking in your chosen colours.

Libby said...

Alfresco wouldn't be so bad if it weren't the rainy season. Good thing for the vac to keep you from going afloat *s*

Linda_J said...

Still the conservatory is coming together but doggone the contractors anyway! You have record rain and PNW, Canada getting socked with snow already.