Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal
The house was warm, cosy and full of people and food so it was pretty much perfect, even if I do say so myself.
Jakes family made the journey up from Cardiff Christmas Eve with a cooked turkey in tow and a car full of food enough to feed the entire village. We were joined by my parents and sister and we ate a lot, drank too early in the morning, sang karaoke, played naff games and drank and ate some more.
Even my digging helpers and mischief makers, Pip and Nessa joined us for Christmas day and had their own little present.
Jakes Dad, Steve was almost always too hot, but that may have been down to the onesie he couldn't bare to part with or maybe all the lychee martinis that we drank. Apparently they're all the rage, and Jake is now pretty slick when it comes to making them.
All in all I think everyone had a good time, I certainly did even though I got tired and grouchy when I stayed up too late and we even had some snow on Boxing day to give us a nearly white christmas. Which made for a lovely walk and photo op!
This photo looks like the promo picture for a really crap punk band, so it's one for the family photo album, obviously.
|Straight outta Vogue|
Now, before Christmas we had a little hiccup with the sewage system. It blocked. Which isn't surprising considering the house had been empty for so long. Anyway, it needed unblocking, which meant some poking around with a long stick and some digging, which we all left to Jake. Fortunately it was fixed well in time for Christmas so we could flush until our hearts content.
I had better get to showing you the new fireplace, the last post showed it looking pretty bedraggled. It has since been rebuilt out of blocks with a slate surround (stuck on with lots of gator glue), rendered and plastered to be topped with an oak mantle piece that Dad dried, planed and sanded for us. The pièce de résistance is the paint job, leaving us with a lovely contemporary looking fireplace that is unique to our house.
|Careful drawing before using the router|
Today we also had to cover the water pipes outside, because it's pretty cold and we haven't managed to bury them yet, so old sheep feed bags and some sand has had to become a quick insulation fix, especially as we're having a little shin dig for New Year, so we definitely need water without any extra ice!
Here is the video I promised of the water being struck in Novemeber, quite impressive!