Now they are starting to look the business. I used the original window ledge as a template to make another layer out of balsa. I needed to use a bit of whittling to get the two layers to match, and lots of careful sanding. But you can see that the work was worth it, now they just need painting, a few coats mind you. The balas soaks up the paint, two coats gives me a 'surface', after that I can focus on getting a good finish.
The verandah has also had a lot of work. The top was awful, again down to the poor quality of the wood. I painted them, then cut two tops, glued them into place and left them over night. Today I added some thin strips round the front to neaten the edges, and a little bit of filler. Now it just needs another coat of paint. It all fits neatly, plus I've made some window ledges for the two bottom windows, though they may get flipped over to become window boxes!
Oh there was a slight mishap in the DIY shop... it happened while I was looking for the wood stain. I had decided on light oak, but couldn't find any. So as I was trying to check what was at the back of the shelf a can of wood stain toppled off the shelf and burst open, oops! There was a chap next to me who did not bat an eyelid, in fact he stood there like a lemon, there's me on me crutch! Anyway I found a member of staff and told them what had happened, she was worried as to how to clear it up until I said the stain was water-based. Which was lucky, for me that is, as it has splashed onto my trousers. I managed to remove the stain with some oxi powder, phew, didn't fancy having to buy a new pair of trousers.
So tomorrow there is more painting, that is after I figure out what cat food Harvey will eat. He's been impossible, he starved himself yesterday, so much so that he was looking very sorry for himself today. I've never met a cat like him, my old cat, Miss Mufti, could be fussy, but compared to Harvey, she was a breeze. I found a can of tuna in the cupboard and gave him that, which he devoured in a few minutes, so it is purely down to his stubbornness. Well I am not giving in, he has to learn to eat what is on offer, which is Felix, not cheap stuff. If not his tummy is going to be rumbling. His girlfriend couldn't care less what is in his dish, she is happy to scoff the lot. I am blaming his previous owners, they clearly never got him into an eating routine. I've managed that bit, but now need to get him to realise that he can't be too picky. Oh he does get fresh chicken as a treat, and fish... so he is not deprived.
My bed is calling... thanks for stopping by, take care.