Our guests finally arrived at about 12.30 (night-time). Poor loves had a hell of a day started at 6 and their car broke down so they missed their ferry. Re-booked the ferry and had a 5 hour drive to us in the rain and dark. We met them and gave them the briefest trip around the chalet as they both looked shattered. We went back to the film we were watching about Enid Blyton which was very good and an eye opener so we didn’t get to bed until ½ past one.
I’ve tried out my new petrol strimmer – it’s a beast! It knocked down the tall grass and weeds in next to no time at all so while I was in the mood, after dinner, I got out Thunderbird 3 (ride on mower) and cut all the grass.
Patrick and Michael came this morning with the “Jack and Jill” seat. Patrick had already delivered the picnic table. Both are strongly made which is what I wanted. I will have to sand them both down because the wood preservative he has used has brought up the grain so it needs to be smoothed down which will finish the job.
I’ve noticed another job to do – all 3 sheds need a coat of preservative when I can and the whole of the bungalow needs to be painted. Tell me, how did I find time to go to work?
Off to see Jimmy in the morning to try to sort out the diabetic medication as it’s gone haywire lately. I woke up this morning at half past four and I felt a hypo coming on so pinched Maggie’s orange and a naughty bar which settled everything then just before breakfast my reading was only just over 3 (normal for me is 5 to 6) so I’ve not taken any medication today I will before bed. I have to see Jimmy before I eat so I cannot afford to have a very low reading as I have to drive there. Afterwards Maggie has an appointment at Mayo General for an gastroscope examination possibly a C.T. scan as well. The poor love has to be starving and the appointment isn’t until 1 o’clock. Just a bit unreasonable.
Saw Jimmy this morning and he took several blood tests and he will decide what to do when the results come back in 2 weeks time.
Took Maggie to the hospital for some tests to make sure that all is well and she has an inflamation in her stomach nothing more, thank goodness. That trip took the rest of the day so the evening was taken up with relaxing after the anxious afternoon that we had. (Understandable after my experience last year)
Another fine day and time to do a little work in the garden. Decided to take the chicken feed (2 bags) around to the shed and to save overdoing it put them into the wheelbarrow, well now it’s a barrow not a wheelbarrow because the wheel has broken. Spent the next hour constructing a trolley that I bought months ago so that was the end of the morning. The afternoon was spent rubbing down the picnic table and applying some wood preservative to it. Now “tis proper job” I shall have to do the same to the Jack and Jill seat. And the other old Jack and Jill seat will have to be repaired and rubbed down to the bare wood and a good coat of preservative applied.
Saw our guests this afternoon and everything seems to be well and they are enjoying themselves. They said that they will be leaving early on Saturday would you believe 8.30!!
I phoned our guests for next week who are coming from Leeds. They expect to be here about 6 o’ clock in the evening.I explained the fault on the sat nav as they all fail to accept that the road between Balla and Mayo Abbey is continuous. Hope they have a good time and weather.
I don’t think I mentioned that my grand-daughter Lily is at Glastonbury no not as an artist but she is being paid to be part of their security and she is enjoying every minute
Managed to get a new wheel for the barrow and now it is a wheel-barrow again
Shopping day so off to Castlebar to get the essentials and the welcome breakfast pack for the cottage guests arriving on Saturday. On the way back we called into our watering hole (Mannions) for a glass of lunch and some food.
Well our Scottish guests left this morning and left some lovely comments in the visitors book although they were very quiet they seemed to enjoy themselves and their comments backed this up. We have a book in the cottage called the experiences book for guests to write any good experiences they have had like a good place to visit or a good meal they have had so that other guests can share their good times. This book is filling up quite nicely and their exploring will be a help for others
Phoned my brother in Australia this morning as it is his birthday. I called him on my mobile sounds extravagant but Tesco mobile only costs 1¢ per minute so our 42 minute call only cost me 42¢ not bad.
We are expecting our next visitors at about 6 o’clock this evening hope they are as nice as our previous guests but then as my cousin Peter says they are all nice they’re on holiday.