It also gave an opportunity to catch up with a handful of others from school or around. And it turns out that there is a bus to take us from just outside the church to our local bus stop.
We started on some long put off work over the weekend and continued this week, and it's an ongoing task. The bathroom ceiling was brown and spotted. Some thought it was the pattern, but we knew otherwise. It's not a pleasant job to wipe ?tar?nicotine?gunk? off a ceiling: hard work, unpleasant work, makes your cleaning materials filthy in no time at all. But by now the bathroom ceiling, while not perfect, is much better.
The living room is our current target. When I was here in February, I did one wall in the living room and changed it from night to day, but we're now having a go at the rest of the room. That's not by any means the work of a single day. We have so far done most of the walls accessible without moving furniture and maybe a sixth or a fifth of the ceiling, which is difficult because of a pattern of uneven plaster. But what we have done has changed from brown to nearly white. Paintwork needs attack too, but in the long term the rooms need to be redecorated. I think that rooms like these should be compulsory places for smokers to visit and see the impact.
The most effective change has been the washing of the wall lamp fittings. A muddy sort of light came from them before, so we didn't use them, but now that they shine out a whiter light, they are permitted to do so. This is important, as the nights start to get longer and darker.