Thursday 5th. June, 2014 – Weather improves and we put up the roof beams 

There was a great deal of air activity over Mount Pleasant today – several war planes and one helicopter. By the time I got my camera the helicopter was far away but, using the zoom, I got this rather indistinct souvenir of its visit

Up, walked Mix and settled down in the summer house to try to sort out my electricity bill which arrived today. I’m glad to report that I seem to have got our usage under control and our bill is much smaller than it ever was in Luss which is quite exceptional because the only service we have here is electricity.

Tom and Dorothy arrived, and Dorothy went off for the day with Rachel to Berwick where they attended their glass class. Even although the weather wasn’t great Tom and I decided to complete the roof beams on the Bothy. So we breakfasted and then set about fitting the beams into place. It took us all morning but once it was done we felt that it was quite an achievement.

The beams cover the whole area of the roof inside the walls. Now we shall have to provide extenders to take the beams over the walls (the roof span was the largest we could get) and then we shall use sarking to cover the whole roof – we will actually use flooring as sarking so that the roof looks really good from inside

At lunchtime we went off to Pearsons to buy some brackets to bolt the roof structure to the walls – something we fitted after lunch which we enjoyed at the little restaurant at Pearsons. Our work done for the day we had a leisurely coffee in the summer house before I ran Tom home, returning to cut the wheels off Olivetub with an angle-grinder before looking through the internet to get some quotes for insurance for our new Wayfarer.

We joined everyone for supper in the farmhouse after which Cathy, Mum, Rachel and I watched ‘New Tricks’ before I walked Mix and went to bed.

It has been a busy day but other people have had a busy day as well. Rachel was in Berwick, Olive had her two students to prepare for their accountancy examinations next week, Cathy continued work on the dining room chairs – and I should have mentioned that I watched a bit of the women’s semi-finals of the French Tennis Open (just to keep my watching eye in for Andy Murray’s semi-final tomorrow). Congratulations too to Liam Plunkett, Durham’s ex-fast bowler who now plays for Yorkshire, who was today selected in the England squad for the upcoming Test Match against Sri Lanka. I always admired his commitment and I am delighted that he has been given this call up.


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