Monday morning at 9 sharp the carpet fitters came. The young man cut me a lovely rectangle of the art nouveau lino which I shall now frame and put on the wall in the room where it lies under the new carpet. When it is all straight I will post a photo on my blog.
Following on the idea of a house giving up its old secrets (lino, wallpaper etc.) I was interested to read in today's paper that English Heritage, who now administer Epworth Old Rectory, where John Wesley the Methodist founder lived, have commissioned a study to see what can be found out about the house before they begin to restore it. It is a beautiful Queen Anne listed building and they intend to make it as authentically like it was in the early 18th centuryas they can. And lo and behold they have found - in an area where nobody has looked for many years - what seems to be a piece of authentic 1716 wallpaper with a design of leaves and pineapples.
The builder has been today and has plastered the utility room. Now he has gone off for four days holiday! As I have a host of visitors who happen to be walking The Pennine Way this week I can't say I am sorry. He promises to come back next week and finish it all. We shall see.