Work on the loft gym is progressing well. The room has been emptied and the shelves removed. The walls were in a poor state but we didn’t really want to go to the expense of having them re-plastered or skimmed. Instead we opted for some brick effect wallpaper! I think it’s worked really well. I’ve also bought three inexpensive full length mirrors to go along one wall and a powerful fan so that we can feel the wind in our hair when we’re cycling!
Decorating had to be put on pause as we drove down to Sussex on Wednesday to visit my dad. It had been three years since I had seen him, I was a bit sad to see how frail and forgetful he has become. Not surprising really since he’s 92 years old. He and his partner, Rita, were delighted to see us. My dad can’t walk very far but that didn’t stop him getting onto his mobility bike and zipping off to the local chippy to get us all fish and chips for supper.
On Thursday I took Paul and Rick for a long walk around the village where I spent the first twelve years of my life. The fields where I used to play are now housing estates and it took me a while to orientate myself and find the old lane leading to the High Woods and Broadbridge Farm. I hardly recognised the renovated and modernised farmhouse and all the old barns have been converted into posh houses. Needless to say it is no longer a working farm. There is still a right of way through the farmyard and the millpond looked very smart with lilies and rushes. The High Woods were relatively unchanged although it was hard to find the pathway through the overgrown brambles. Rick had a wonderful time with plenty of interesting things to sniff.
|Sussex countryside with Broadbridge Farm in the distance
On Friday we returned to Lincolnshire. It was a long journey – five hours including a break halfway. Driving is no longer a pleasure when the roads are so congested with traffic. It was such a relief to get back home to our quiet and peaceful village.