The downside of having the house you own being 200 miles from the one where you live is that almost every holiday involves a certain amount of restoration and repair work. This summer, we had two major items on the list – firstly, dealing with the fact that the garage floods whenever it rains, and there is a lot of water on the floor. Secondly, there was the matter of the smoker
The garage issue involved cutting concrete slabs, digging out earth, relocating the water butt, repointing bricks, and some goop called ‘tanking slurry’. Discovering missing mortar between bricks. Spiders and dead slugs were also involved. Not much fun, but a necessary task.
The smoker was a different matter. We had a lot of fun with it last summer – Bob and Jon produced some excellent smoked meats. But I loathe its appearance – standing there in the corner [sometimes shrouded under a builders bag]the converted filing cabinet it makes our back garden look like a salvage yard! I wanted a cute beach hut type feature – not 1950’s office!
Bob has been incredibly busy [with occasional help from me]
A lot of garage stuff was relocated to the lawn, to enable the ‘tanking’ process – and the cabinet, tools and timber were moved out onto the concrete slabs. We brought most of the wood with us.
It was scrap from the church building work, which Steve kindly said Bob could take from the skip – driving up to Norfolk in the wind and the rain, with large sheets of ply tied to the car roof was not fun!
The work has been proceeding apace.
I will post more pictures as the project progresses- although I am not sure it will be 100% completed by the time we have to leave.
Thank you Bob for drilling, sawing, painting and generally making this place so special!