It's hot and sunny, work continues, this time on the front wall of the first floor space -the penultimate coat of lime plaster. My Dad's pulley system (what did he use it for?) put to good use getting the buckets up for Tracey's expert hands & Paul already has the mixer going for the second batch. As for me -well the freezers are now defrosted and I am searching for ways to use the many baskets of plums we picked at a neighbours yesterday. Jam, jelly, chutney, plum brandy, into the freezer for winter crumbles ... and the flowers by the deck keep blooming.