We had a busy day yesterday. Everyone had to pitch in.
The staircase was ready. It looks as though there has been linoleum here once, maybe a hundred years ago. I would love to know what it looked like; I can clearly recall the patterned lino of my childhood, in particular its distinctive smell that, when encountered nowadays, takes me right back in a trice to my first little school .
Eddie the carpet fitter arrived, bringing the wherewithal to keep a keen workforce of dogs and cats absorbed and productive for the day.
Inspection was thorough. Hamish hid for the entire day, but everyone else took the job very seriously.
The thick under-felt went down first, and was tested for density.
Precision measuring and cutting followed. Millie's pedigree of speed-learning a range of trade skills stood her in good stead as technical supervisor.
Eddie was grateful for her advice.
The important Bottom Test was applied at every stage.
And then another job came in, also requiring assistants. The dishwasher repair man had arrived to assess the cause of this essential appliance's untimely death.
Cats inspected the dark spaces behind the machine. A labrador was needed closer to hand, ready to help with tools and encouragement.
The news was not good. The usual dilemma - is it worth spending a lot of money on an appliance that cost me less when bought second-hand from a friend, than the replacement circuit board that is now needed? I shall consult eBay before I decide....
We returned to the carpet, ready to sweep up the larger debris. Labradors are tidy creatures.
The final Bottom Tests were carried out, and we pronounced ourselves satisfied with the results.
There's nothing like teamwork to get the job done well.
Today Margery is coming; oddly, the team's union rules do not allow them to assist with hoovering, so they can have a day off. They've earned it.