21 February: I’m staying clear of liquids; someone might mistake me as an ice cube, and try to pop me into a tall glass. The temperature today was only a few ticks above freezing.
Today’s work was all about draining and shutting-down the heating system, removing and moving radiators, and proving that wearing clothes in heavy layers still won’t keep you warm when the temperature outside is below freezing and your house has a gaping hole large enough to drive an elephant through. The BBC weatherman says to expect snow this weekend. He has a peculiar sense of humour because he smiled as he said that.
Remember this photo? It’s a before the dust storm hit us ….
… and this is how it looks today! Radiators gone, skirting boards gone, doors gone!
Today four radiators were removed from walls destined for the skip heap tomorrow. The kitchen walls and dining room walls come down on Friday, and assuming that all goes to plan, I’ll be able to see straight into the dining room from the kitchen as I prepare dinner tomorrow evening. I can’t wait. I just wish we weren’t freezing.
Not many photos today because who wants to look at a blank wall that used to have a radiator hanging off. Well, maybe Don-the-Plumber would like that. I did take one photo of the glass wall, which is now sheeted in heavy plastic to protect it while the brickwork is done. Andy-the-builder didn’t want to do bricky stuff today because it’s too cold, and it might make the mortar turn.
So tomorrow is a big day – the walls come tumbling down!