Well we've still been Euro hopping. We were back in mates' Steve and Andrea's place to finish off what we'd started in September. The period also coincided with our birthday so that was a great excuse for alcoholic poisoning, not withstanding a birthday cake, pressies and feast of venison provided by our hosts. Anyway, this time round we fitted an oak fireplace that we'd put together in France from local oak and then we hacked down the primeval forest surrounding the house. I think our chums were happy with the result.
We arrived on halloween, hence the gear.
As I mentioned above, we made the fireplace from local oak. That's the original wood below which we had to plane and cut to size. Our mate, Ray helped with shaping the vertical support blocks (last picture). All in all, as ever, it was a learning curve.
|Ray and Ann's Place
Prior to making the fireplace we put up some lights and plaster boards between the ceiling beams in the kitchen and dining room of Ray and Ann's place. I think that's Ann showing approval in the final picture, or it could be the medication kicking in..
Just before we went to Leiden our mate Carl and his band, Wave Machines, stayed over for one night, en route for Marseilles. They've been gigging around France and needed a stop-off between Calais and Marseilles. It was nice to see them and we had a brief but pleasant evening. In order of appearance, Carl, Tim, James and Vidar. The final guy in the group shot is Hanno, the tour manager.