Wednesday, 16 October 2019
The builders arrived this morning to tackle the issue of the damp wall in my bedroom and the blocked soakaway. When they dug down through the concrete by the drainpipe from the roof they found that the pipes to the soakaway were all cracked and that water was constantly seeping out. They have laid new pipes, built a new soakaway and will be back tomorrow to concrete over it. Then we shall have to wait and see if the wall dries out and the matter is cured. So fingers crossed.
Friend S very kindly called and took Tess for her Wednesday walk even though I was out lunching with friend G. The outing did me a lot of good, not least because the journey to Grantley (a village between Ripon and Pateley Bridge) was so beautiful with Autumn colours in the trees and the day one of bright sunshine. As we stopped at The Grantley Arms (our venue for lunch) children were frolicking in the playground opposite and the noise of childrens' voices rang through the air.
It is a lovely pub and the lunchtime menu delicious. G had a piece of roast lamb and a tiny shepherd's pie and I had a fish pie - both served with a variety of vegetables nicely cooked (ie not overcooked). We both had the same sweet - inventive and certainly one to try at home - an orange trio: a slim wine glass filled with orange jelly and topped with whipped cream, a scoop of home made orange ice cream and a pavlova filled with cream and fresh pieces of sweet orange. I intend to try it sometime. It was delicious.
Then we had coffee and, as time was getting on, we came home as I wanted to catch the builders before they went. Tess was pleased to see me.