Another day of frenetic activity in the house and puppy antics in the garden. But first, the house…
Mark the Tiler laid some more tiles on the terrace. One of the things we were worried about was how ‘grippy’ the tiles would be in the wet. The showers we’ve had so far this week have proven that they are very grippy. There’s very little chance of slipping over. The tile place told us they would be but you never know until they receive a jolly good drenching.
As well as laying the tiles, Mark and Tim the Electrical Engineer put down and tested the underfloor heating pad in the bathroom. After passing the test, the floor was then coated with a strange grey, almost plasticine substance. This protects the heating pad for when the tiles go on top. It looks a bit odd but feels even stranger. Sort of like walking on slightly damp clay that’s not slippery.
Karl and Callum were busy putting down the last of the skirting boards (in the extension) as well as making some oak shelves for the two inset wall display cabinets. It looks a bit bare at the moment but the future plan is to decorate it with oak edging with a vague Arts and Crafts feel. Mirinda calls it ‘cut outs’.
Using a beautiful bit of oak board, Karl also covered the small gap between the hall parquetry and the tiles of the extension. There’s something absolutely beautiful about oak.
The piece of pine that reads “Don’t step on it” was sitting on top of the new board. It was initially there to protect the board while the adhesive dried but is also protecting it against scuffing from workboots. Clearly Emma is too young to read but Day-z understands it.
And, finally, the decorators ploughed on with the undercoating upstairs. Doors, picture rails, skirting boards, poor Matt slaved away all day. Tatt-Man had to look after the baby today so couldn’t be with him. He’ll be back tomorrow.
But it wasn’t just the excitement of seeing things (slowly) coming together, Emma also had her first visit to our local vet. She’d already had her initial shots before we collected her but I had to register her and book in for the second shots so I took her down today.
It was the busiest I’ve ever seen the waiting room. And all of the dogs were manic. Skidding around on the floors, yapping, tails going to fast their heads shook with delight. Of course, Emma was in my hands and Day-z say obediently next to us on the seat provided for humans and well behaved poodles.
Day-z always puts on her most imperious face when we visit the vet. She sees herself as a bit above all the doggy riff raff. She tends to peer down at other dogs, giving them a brief flick of notice in rare moments of querulousness. They, meanwhile, just crave her attention. It’s always very funny.
Naturally, Emma elicited all manner of “Isn’t she cuuuuuute!” type remarks from all dog owners, receptionists and vets. A woman, waiting with her cat, said Emma looked just like a little teddy bear. When I said I thought she looked like an Ewok, I was taken to task. Not so much because I called her an Ewok but because Emma the Ewok doesn’t really work. She would be called Paploo, Treenk, Logray or something more Ewokian, if she was from Endor.
The Ewok -v- Teddy Bear debate was left in the waiting room as Emma’s name was called. The vet was very pleased with our new addition. She gave her a once over and we made a date to come back next week for her second round of shots.
Day-z, meanwhile was very good, standing beside me, waiting while Emma was on the vet’s examination table. I think this is probably because last time she was up there, the vet shoved his finger up her butt, an experience she did not enjoy.
Back at home, after the tradesmen had finished for the day, Emma helped me take a few photos upstairs. I can’t let her loose upstairs yet because there’s too many dangers laying about. Fortunately, she’s too small to climb the stairs, a fact that Day-z takes great delight in rubbing in her face.
I also took a short film of Day-z and Emma playing in the garden. To be fair, it’s mostly Emma playing and Day-z putting up with it. I uploaded it to Flickr.