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A fun weekend at Plunton saw us making a four inch hole in a 2 foot thick stone wall and, as a result, having to remove the plaster-and-lath wall and put up new plasterboard. Exhausting work but had the happy result that we can now crack on with the kitchen fitting. Turns out the kitchen fitter has two sisters living in the southside of Glasgow, one next door to friends of ours! Nice to have a natter about Sammy Dow’s and the joys of southside life. Kitchen fitting should be done and dusted tomorrow, sink plumbed on Thursday and we might even have it plastered by the weekend if we can strip the remaining wallpaper in time.

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While the kitchen was out of bounds the boys and I got on with the pre-Christmas clean. It took almost all day but the house is now ready for decorations and guests and while I was crawling around picking up lego the daughter-in-law and granddaughter of the former owner arrived with a Christmas gift and card to invite us over for a Christmas gathering on Sunday afternoon. Finally starting to feel more festive, just in time for the weather to turn frosty.

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