With all the chaos of the building work, it was a pleasure to have a couple of weekends away in June.
Our first trip was to the Acoustic Festival of Britain, a four-day music and craft event in Uttoxeter. We had a fabulous time, the weather was kind, there was plenty of great music including performances from Midge Ure, Paul Young, the Beautiful South and many more. The kids also enjoyed many of the sideshows - including a zany science guy whose infectious enthusiasm and crazy antics were enough to entice the kids to watch the same 20 minute performance at least three times over the weekend.
They also enjoyed a glass making workshop where it was 'hands-on' to make a spinning top. A nice souvenir.
The following weekend, we celebrated the Queen's birthday with a street party - a really nice opportunity to get to know the neighbours. Even houses brought savoury food, odd houses brought desserts and everyone brought plenty of drinks to share as well as games and crafts to keep everyone occupied.
Just a couple of house pictures now - here's a before and after of the rendered external walls - suddenly starting to look a lot more finished.
Another weekend away now - and a first chance to get the family together to celebrate Chris's Mum's landmark birthday. We all stayed together at a nice old hotel in Solihull and on the Saturday, all the girls went to the Good Food Show at the NEC whilst the boys went to the Birmingham Science Museum. On the Sunday, we enjoyed a pleasant walk around a nearby park and enjoyed watching thousands of pink-clad runners jogging around the park for Breast Cancer.
As you might imagine, the building work generates an awful lot of waste and in an attempt to fit as much as possible into the skips, all of the waste wood was put to one side for burning. A couple of times Chris used the incinerator but when the pile got too big, he just dumped the whole lot on at once and sat back with a beer - much more relaxing.
Changes continue at pace inside the house with the the old opening between dining room and lounge bricked up as we shuffle things round a bit.