Friday 12th. September, 2014 – Back at the coal face 


Rachel is painting the barge-boards on the Bothy. At one stage Tom said to me, “We better hurry up with these barge-boards, Rachel is catching us up.” Well, we ended the day with all the boards in place and now we can turn our attention elsewhere


Up and walked Mix before breakfast (which I ate in the farmhouse). Tom arrived and we started to complete the barge-boards on the Bothy. It took us all day but now they are completed. It was quite finicky ensuring that all of the holes in this old building were covered and that everything looked good but I am delighted with the final result – Tom has done well.

Meanwhile David was completing work on the project to illuminate the courtyard, and that, too, was completed today. While David was away in Berwick, Tom and I went up to buy more wood preservative from Pearsons, stopping for lunch at the same time. Then it was back to work.

This afternoon Rachel, Olive and Digger were all out in Bramble Avenue (you guessed it) gathering brambles and for supper this evening I enjoyed bramble ice-cream covered in bramble and apple compote. It was superb. (I should stress that that is not all I had. I started with a splendid ham salad with lots of potatoes – and this was to build on the haggis, neeps and tatties Tom and I enjoyed at Pearsons: we do well in the eating stakes).

In the evening I retired to the summer house to prepare the music for Arrochar Church. I’m later in getting it done this week but it has been a very busy one. I completed the music, watched the News, walked Mix and went to bed. I am really quite tired.

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