It took 3 hours to get to Hereford for Ian and Del's wedding celebrations yesterday. Don't ask! We arrived tired, frazzled and hungry. This was soon put right with a buffet supper of Ian's yummy handmade pork pie (the bottom tier of the wedding 'cake'!), homemade cake and a few bottles of Henry Weston's Hereford cider appropriately enough!.
Del looked amazing and her dress was exquisite. CONGRATULATIONS MR & MRS DREW!
Louise and I went straight from our B&B to the site at midday. Colin, John 1, John 2 and Shaun (or is that shorn?!) had been working hard since before I'd even got up. There were a few issues with the paving. Luckily, Jon Mathias from Brett was on site, and an approved Brett installer, Broxton and Moruzzi, who have installed the 'Alpha Antique' paving in clients' gardens, came and advised us and the problem was solved. Everyone is so helpful and friendly!
The mural frame was also put up and the noticeboard position agreed, so it's really coming together. Louise had to dash out to B&Q for some block paving sand- thanks Lou!
I actually did some work today and sanded down the wooden noticeboard. One of the exhibitors told me how they were marked down for having silver hinges on their summer house last year, so I thought if the judges were that fussy, I'd better sand the back too! Worrying.
Council parks' team leader, Rob Jones, paid us a visit and was pleased with the progress. Rob is the man who gave us this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I'm so grateful to him.
At 5pm I had arranged to go and finish painting the mural at our Vice Chair, Margret Ford's house. The school hadn't been able to finish the mural because of the Easter break, so Margret and local teenager Bethan helped put the finishing touches to the school's design. Here's a sneak preview for anyone following the blog! I particularly love the sky, which was done by 5 and 6 year-olds using sponges to give a pointillism effect. Thanks to Margret for kindly opening up her beautiful home for us.
Hoping for an early night tonight and off to buy plants tomorrow.