Today was a day of interesting discoveries!
In the cupboards over and under the stairs I found:
2 Ostrich eggs (brought back my my Great Uncle Charlie from his travel abroad)
A ship in a bottle
A variety of ugly crockery
and an empty suitcase.
The stairs themselves have finally been opened up. Back in the day, Coll View was clad internally in a delightful combination of hardboard and woodchip. All of this has to be removed for work to move on. The stairs were boxed in and proved a nightmare for getting furniture up and down. No more. Underneath the hardboard is the original stair, which with a little TLC should be able to be restored to its former glory. I think I’ll change the colour, though… It was also delightful not to do any of the demo work myself.
Amongst the detritus, I found a wallpaper steamer. I think that was a little optimistic of whoever put it there. In this house, woodchip is removed with a claw hammer…
The incident with the strimmer will be put behind me.