With February came some surprisingly gorgeous weather and our first visitors (more of them later).
The weather meant that building work could crack on apace, and we saw velux windows, downpipes, BT and their lovely broadband, working loos (hurrah, never thought that a sewage pipe could cause so much joy) and fixtures and fittings galore.
You may have noticed that the subject of sewage keeps coming up … well, let’s just say that I’ll never take a flushing toilet for granted again. One of our best moments in February was the day we discovered the original septic tank for the farmhouse, by the river at the bottom of the field (thanks to a tip-off from our excellent neighbour). And even better, the drainage engineer pronounced it to be a fine specimen in perfect working order – “You couldn’t buy one that good today”. You really haven’t lived until you’ve seen the bottom of a 150 year old septic tank!
The weather was another cause for delight. How smug did we feel, as the rest of the UK shivered in the snow, while we basked in the winter sunshine and very unseasonal temperatures of 10°C. Ironic really!
We also had the first of our guests – albeit, friends and relatives – still very, very welcome. It gave us a great excuse to down tools for a few days and get out and about . You can read more about some of our excursions with McLizard and friends here. It was a joy not only to show them the surrounding countryside and attractions, but also to see their faces when they first spotted Balliemeanoch. I could soon tell that she’s just captured a few more hearts!