Sunday, 8 April 2012

Cleared at last!

What with the distractions of the smell and the bedroom light, we never did get much of the hall floor cleared that week. Unfortunately, we had disposed of the lino that had been in the hall - it was pretty well finished anyway - and there was no way we could leave the floor in that state during the next summer season. I would have to go back and finish the job.

So it was that I returned to France quite soon, intent on spending a week on my hands and knees.

I quickly developed a system to help me through the boredom and pain. We had acquired a CD player and I had taken with me a selection of discs. I found that if I played some lively music, I could scrape away in time to it. When the CD was finished, I would take a break - a cup of coffee, a cigarette and Mars bar to give me energy - then change the disc and get back on my knees. But I didn't manage to finish the floor even working like this.

The floor at the beginning of the week . . .

. . . and at the end of it.

Mrs S and I planned to return during the half term week the following February, and we managed to persuade Chris and his wife to come with us. During that bitterly cold week, Chris and I spent most of the time on our knees, Mrs S froze while weeding the courtyard, and Mrs Chris froze while painting the window shutters and the shed doors.

By the end of the week, Chris and I had cleared the floor, except for a small patch in the middle which had defied all our efforts. We put a rug over that bit and called it a day.

And finally . . .

1 comment:

Stephen Hayes said...

Your house is starting to remind me of the Labors of Hercules. Happy Easter.