The trouble with living in a heritage home is the constant maintenance and looking after. Battered by the monsoons and with the river air, our verandah flooring needed repairs. We couldn’t put it off any longer, so a month ago, it was all taken off.
Seasoned matti wood was then sourced, cut to size and refitted with stainless steel screws that won’t rust and split the wood. The whole process took about five weeks and we’re glad that it is over and we no longer have to worry about falling through the cracks.
A coat of linseed oil / caju deek will go on next week, for waterproofing and treating the surface. Then, it is up to us to keep the wood dry during the monsoons.
In the middle of all this, I was happy to see that most of our plants had survived the ordeal. Some, in fact, had thrived on neglect.
And outside the verandah, spring has truly sprung.
We’re happy. The happiest, though, is this fellow. He has his playground back.