Late November, 2015. We take great pride in not only the high standard of our ‘turnaround’ cleaning and presentation of Carrick, but also the on-going repairs and maintenance of the house. An annual schedule of planned maintenance – of the building itself, services, fixtures, furnishings and decor – is carried out during the quieter months. It’s then, too, that we’ll make the small improvements – and occasionally not so small – that keep Carrick fresh and welcoming. As November comes to a close, we’ve completed the deep clean and redecorating work, and made a significant improvement to the shower. The original was an expensive model, yet has given us six years of trouble. Enough! We’ve replaced it with a better designed model of the concealed type. That kept us busy over a few weeks – plumbing, joinery, and tiling, sealants. Mess! Oh, and as we were tiling anyway, we’ve now added half-tiling to more of the shower room. Over the course of the autumn – dodging passing showers – we’ve repainted some of the outside of the house – the famous sky-blue larch cladding. After Christmas and New Year, weather permitting, we’ll be making at least one significant improvement outside – but you’ll have to wait to find out about that!