This was to have been a normal Monday with my cleaner coming at nine o'clock as usual to clean through the house. Then, yesterday, the chimney sweep rang to say could he come at eight thirty this morning to sweep the wood burner chimney - I didn't like to put him off. After all, we never know now when we are going to get a cold spell of weather which demands the wood burner being lit. So that added the chimney sweep to the morning. He came on time, my cleaner came early as she had a dental appointment, but they managed to work around one another. Shortly afterwards, the window cleaner arrived. Now, after
lunch, all is done. The room is back to normal and everything has been washed and dusted and put back in its rightful place.
It is a bit of a fiddly job sweeping a woodburner chimney because the stove and the part of the chimney which is visible in the room has to be removed so that the brush will go straight up the chimney. This means that the seal round the chimney has to be broken. Then, after it is all put together again, a new seal has to be formed using the appropriate fire cement. But that is the farmer's department so I leave it all to him, just nipping in and taking a photograph at the right moment.
So the photographs show before, during and after. No photo of the sweep - you saw him (and the brush) last year.