We started the year with more snow, heavy enough to bring the country to a standstill as the gritters ran out of salt and many roads become impassable. We still just managed to get out and about though, and also enjoyed playing in the snow making snowmen.

 

 

 

 

Michael arrived with our long-awaited doors, beautiful reclaimed pine dressed with hand made iron hinges and latches we've had for over a year. The ironware needed a thorough clean and oil as it has been sitting around so long waiting for the doors, but now they're up our patience has been well rewarded.

 

 

 

Two months after departing New Zealand, the latest addition to GFB arrived in the courtyard this month. "Porridge" is our '61 356B, and she survived the 12,000 mile journey well. We picked her up from a container depot in Southampton and used a trailer for the trip home, since there was lots of salt on the roads after the snow.

 

 

 

Lighting was our top priority in the bedrooms, replacing extension leads and temporary bulbs with switch circuits, downlights, uplights and lamps. We also powered up some ancillaries like bathroom extractors and heated towel rails, just what's needed in the depths of winter.

 

 

The main feature of the month was the return of our friendly carpet layers to fit out the lower bedrooms' carpets. This was a considerably easier task than the upper bedrooms, as the step in the lower hall allowed them to split the job into two sections rather than one continuous roll. They got it all done in a few hours, including an excellent fit on the stairs and against the wobbly stone wall, so now we have seamless NZ wool throughout all the bedrooms and hallway.