Great news! Alf has visited a couple of times, and we now have a finished loft access hatch and bathroom wall where the radiator is to go. The plumbing brothers are due to call later in the week, because the situation with the polystyrene balls in the hot water system has not miraculously resolved itself, and the hot water flow to the bath taps occasionally reduces to a trickle. And they will fit the new radiator, so we can carry on constructing the rest of the bathroom.
Alf travels from quite a distance, and doesn't want to make the journey for just an hour's work. Our solution has been to compile and send him a two-page list of everything we want doing, in three priority categories. He can choose jobs he'd like to combine into a satisfactory day's work, and we get a bit further ahead with our essential maintenance.
So far he has fixed the hole in the living room ceiling, as well as the loft and the bathroom wall, and patched another hole in the porch with 'brown' which will need skimming (I know all the terminology now). His next job will probably be the front door - replacing the rotting frame and patching up the door itself before repainting it, and then there's the airing cupboard that contains our new hot water tank... and much, much more.
I am still revising, although I am finding it more difficult than previous years. I am not optimistic about the exam I did last Monday, but it's impossible to tell, really. The second and final exam is on Friday.
The photo at the top is from a couple of weeks ago - at last the snow is gone, although it was replaced by a flood warning on the River Leam. The water level did get quite high, but would need to be significantly higher to pose a risk to us.