Progress has been slow over the last fortnight. David hasn’t been able to get to us for the past couple of weeks, but hopefully will manage a couple of days next week, as Dougie now has a reel of shotgun cable, ordered for him by Colin Chessor (who’ll be doing the satellite dish installation in due course) and is going to be running it into the living room and bedrooms next week.
Mick has spent a day down there today and we now have an insulated living room and the living room ceiling is plasterboarded. By the time I went down to feed the sheep (who moved back to the fields around the house yesterday) it was too dark for photos.
On the finance and admin side, I got round to catching up on entering all my invoices and spends into my spreadsheet – we are now £35,000 into the budget *gulp*. What I’m pleased about is that the majority of that money, all bar a couple of thousand, has been spent with local companies and tradespeople. I do try to spend within the local economy where I can. I’ve also ordered the correct Ordnance Survey map extract needed for the decrofting application, which arrived on Friday and is sitting in a tube on my desk ready for me to break out the colour pencils. Since it cost me £19, I think the first thing to do is ask Mick to make several copies of it for me to practice on! (My scanner doesn’t do A3). Given I was sorting sheep out on the area in front of the house yesterday (we managed to pick up a few extras coming down the village!), I’m only going to apply to decroft the bit of ground the house sits on and a tiny bit behind it for a small garden – as long as I draw the map accurately, it should go through with no problems, as I’m not applying to decroft any areas that would restrict access to the rest of the croft.