I wasn't downstairs until nearly 8.30 and found one of Brian's men, David, already at work stripping old paint off kitchen window ~ marvellous ~ before long Brian himself turned up and his son Rick and they are both
up ladders now stripping the upstairs windows ~ it must be over ten years since they were last done ~ no, probably more than fifteen because John had not come into my life yet ~ Mick and Dick did them for me with scaffolding, of course ~ but these three say
they don't need scaffolding though as they are including the attic windows they will surely need more than ladders for those ! Must check ~ their estimate is for £450 including porch ~ the scaffolding is what puts the price up ~ all
those years ago (and penniless as ever) I had to go over to the Bank and beg them to allow me to have the work done ~ a thousand pound bank loan, right ~ and me with NO INCOME, and NO MONEY ! Incredible but I'd persuaded them it was vital to keep
the fabric of the house in sound order even if I was eventually going to lose it ~ I remember coming back and shouting up the yard to Dick & Mick who were working on the White House : "The Bank Manager, he say YES !" There was an ad for orange
juice along these lines on TV at the time ~ remember, "He say YES !"
What with these three working on the outside, and Richard and Jack working their way through inside, by the time I go, all should be in excellent order ~ living in such an
important Georgian house, OWNING it ~ I must at least make sure I pass it on in as good a state as I found it ~ though even with all the years of financial difficulties, slowly-slowly and little-by-little I have restored it to a condition with which old
Jonathan Sanders would be not merely HAPPY but (I feel confident) delighted.
And all this current activity is entirely thanks to the difference the Attendance Allowance has made, virtually
doubling my income since I was awarded it last spring ! Praise the Lord !
There are three of them at work now, all from one family ~ Brian, his son Rick and his brother Dave ~ and they are going at it hammer and tongs
this beautiful mild sunny morning.
Yesterday morning when I fell over I did not realise how hard I'd gone down ~ can't actually inspect the damage as I don't have a hand mirror but could scarcely sleep for the pain ~ fortunately have not damaged
the new hip ! The clean bedroom window and clean curtains in there may not survive the dust of stripping old paint off, but there you go . . .
My friend Jean gave me an amaryllis bulb for Christmas ~ it has produced a good deal of leaf
and now the flower bud is just about to open ~ I thought they mostly come in pinks and reds but from what I can see so far it looks as if this is going to be pale yellow. I've been taking photographs to record developments.
Those of us who
were involved in the Country File film about Whiby Yards are wondering when the programme will go out ~ they did say "after Christmas" which could mean any time now ~ my contribution was very small and if you turn away momentarily you could miss me, but
excellent getting publicity for Whitby's fascinating old yards ~ even though many have disappeared in slum clearance and re-developments, I believe there are still around 190 remaining, though many of those have been given over to holiday cottages which
is a shame ~ since Mary & Terry moved away nobody lives in the yard apart from me and Vicky at no.5 ~ eventually Tom and Mary will be moving into the White House but first they have to sell their house in Manchester. While Vicky was away on
holiday it felt quite scary and I made sure the chain was on the door at night even though this might mean my carers would have to bash it down should I call for help !
Oh my ! the men have worked so hard all day, stripping and undercoating the four main windows and the porch ~ tomorrow hoping to apply top coat, and start on attic dormers and again up ladders !!! My stars ! My friend Christopher
came for a chat ~ he and Anthea were married out in India where they had seven servants ~ they returned to England with four children under six and of course NO SERVANTS !! Sounds like it was a serious challenge but all survived.
No more tonight as this study window was left open for the paint to dry and I haven't managed to close it properly so I'm sitting in an icy blast ~ in any case they will need to open it again in the morning.
Footnote : bum must be black and blue ~ can scarcely sit down, but at least this is a temporary problem ~ unlike the HIP !