The exceptionally rainy weather we've had so far this summer has delayed our house maintenance works - all those little and bigger jobs that a stone house over three century old needs on regular basis. To be honest, the only person here itching to get going on that maintenance was me, because my kids seemed quite happy to spend hours keeping the sofa company instead. But this weekend the weather forecasts predicted no rain, and so I bought paint to do the terrace. Years of winter weather had washed away the nice white paint that had adorned the terrace when we moved in, and after some works on the leaky roof and the cracked wall this spring, the terrace needed a paint job urgently.
The boys worked in turns, and applied a first coat of sealant, and then two coats of paint. Not without some teen-grumbling and hinting that keeping company to the sofa was far preferable. As you can imagine I was truly shocked. Because given the option, I would have chosen to keep the sofa AND my knitting company.
But we were all so happy later on, when we had a first meal al fresco surrounded by sparkling fresh white walls.