Poor R, the young joiner. He has been busy for days on end, opening long-sealed windows in the sitting room, replacing modern 'brass' fastenings with traditional curly-tailed iron ones,
building a cupboard to hide the gas meter, deepening the windowsill,
taking out a window that is beyond saving if it is to be draught-free in winter,
and boarding up the void. All under the watchful supervising eye of a small tabby cat.
And trying again and again to hand-build the replacement to fit perfectly, without a router bit being available that could replicate the angles of the glazing bars.
The window went back and forth from the house to the workshop, until eventually the match between the ancient, uneven frame and the new 'light' was satisfactory.
All done. Not much of a view, but definitely an improvement on a sheet of plywood. Thank you, R.
Next major event: choosing the curtains....