We spent a good proportion of Saturday painting and got to within spitting distance of that wonderful light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.
Then, bless his little cotton socks, while I was driving Sarah the 85 miles to Plymouth and back again for her Regional trials, Nigel went back in on his own and completed the job.
What a hero!
On top of that, to cap the day nicely, Sarah has been selected for Regional again this year - despite her broken thumb earlier in the season.
She is one happy girl now getting ever so slightly nervous about England Colleges trials this weekend over in Northampton.
The other girls from the college will go up for the two day session early on Friday morning.
Unfortunately Sarah has a totally unmissable chemistry practical exam scheduled for 1.30pm on Friday afternoon. So good old Daddy is taking half a day holiday on Friday to take her up straight after the exam. She has been assured that only participating in one of the two days won't disadvantage her in the selection process. Another £50 on petrol though - can't even begin to think what our carbon footprint must be like.
I've managed a little more applique for the garden quilt.
I started the hollyhocks and got as far as two tall straight stalks - they're now sitting patiently for me to look at a few hollyhock pictures and decide how large the leaves and flowers have to be plus how to place them - work still in planning that one.
An apple and a pear - coincidentally the symbols for the counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, two English counties we just happen to have close links with.
Tonight I'm playing with some sunflowers and then I really ought to return to those hollyhocks but there's a watering can in my head just calling my name.