Over the past few weeks, we have been doing things about the house: from putting down new flooring in one of the rooms and a few shower en-suites to painting and decorating the stairwells, hallways and bedrooms. It all began when we experienced some water ingress in early February courtesy of high winds and rain one night. The discovery of a sodden room and missing roof tiles from both the front and back of our house came as rather a shock. Thankfully, we are insured! Prayer played no small part that the insurance company would cover our misfortunes.
Since then, we have been doing lots to put things right. Two sets of scaffolding were put up at the front and back of our home. After days of waiting for fine weather, the roofers finally managed to sort out the repairs, thereby giving our roof a clean bill of health again. Quite unfortunately, we also developed a leak in our attic space when the tiles were blown off at the back of our house. Thankfully, this has been repaired and we now have a newly decorated landing where the leak had been.
The other problem of water ingress came about when I neglected to double check that the Velux window in one of our rooms had been closed properly. Someone had come to visit our place and I had opened the window for him to look out and admire our fantastic views (see it below). A vague warning light was flagged up in my mind, egging me to check that the visitor had closed the window properly. Unfortunately, I forgot to do so! Hence the rain pouring in from the heavens when it rained heavily that night! The next morning, when Hubby went to vacuum the carpet in the room, he couldn’t understand why water was leaking out of the vacuum cleaner. However, on touching the carpet, we realised that it was so wet that we could actually wring it out! Needless to say, the decoration and other items in the room had also been adversely affected by the rain.
Heigh ho! Dark clouds are meant to come with silver linings. Well, ours came in the form of a new carpet and redecoration for the room. Aside from that, the dark cloud is still starkly prevalent as we have not been able to advertise our room for Bed and Breakfast rental since the beginning of February. However, I have now been assured by the man on the job that all will be ready by the end of the week. It has not been the most auspicious of beginnings for 2015, and prayer regarding this year has been very much at the forefront of my quiet time. Indeed, anytime I feel anxious! That is the great thing about the Lord – He never sleeps! And He is always there to hear our petitions.
So, aside from the fixtures in our house, what else have we been renovating or replacing? Well, I am gradually giving our antique furniture a new lease of life by having them professionally restored. I am also looking for new ideas and items to decorate our rooms and public areas to make our guest house more warm and welcoming for our visitors. And if anyone has any ideas on interior decoration, please do give me a shout out!
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