The roof is off the conservatory now and we are open to the elements. Thank goodness our builder is local, he lives just across the road, and knows vagaries of our valley weather so well. Every time he says it's going to rain .... it does!!
We were a bit dismayed when he didn't come to take the roof off on Friday of last week, we were expecting him ..... and then a couple of hours into the morning the heavens opened, and they didn't stop for the rest of the day. Today the guys have all sprung into action, the final supporting steel is in place and the wood is being attached. There will be enough wood in place to hold a covering on for the night and then tomorrow the rest of the wooden beams will be installed.
Seemingly we should be 'felted and battened' by Thursday.
But it's making things very cold here in the house. With no heating and no hot water the only way to get warm is either to stand next to the Aga or huddle up to the wood burner, but I'm trying not to light it too early as all the heat will just escape out of the open house doors and through the cracks in the wood that is protecting the kitchen from the roofless conservatory. It's laid and ready and later when work for the day is finished I will light it up, close the living room door and keep warm for the evening.
Warming, stodgy foods are called for and once again I reached for the ready made pastry, at just £1 a pack on special offer it was worth buying to stash in the fridge for quick meals. I think anything tastes good when wrapped in pastry!
These were Spinach, Feta and Carrot, I didn't season them well enough but they served the purpose and a pasty each made for a good warming and filling meal.
I've also decided that hot water bottles are not just for bed time, as I sit here typing in the freezing cold office I have one on my knee, warming me through and giving me something to warm my hands on while I check for spelling mistakes ..... and yes, I've found that cold fingers make more spelling mistakes than warm ones...... or maybe it's my brain that's frozen ;-)
They were the best £1.99 each money I've spent for a long time.