Winning the Race – part one


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Nick’s gold medal performance

Day five of the Olympics and we set off on our own cross country trek for a marathon effort at Peel Cottage. This meant having to leave behind the television (to which I had been glued) and tune into the intermittent radio coverage of Bradley Wiggins’ time trial as we wove our way around the country lanes of Shropshire into Herefordshire.

Our sporting bid was to complete as much painting and decorating over the next five days as physically possible while still living in a building site. Our Olympic skills had already been tested: we can become proficient in blow-up mattress diving (a requirement of having a double mattress in a single room) which required a dismount technique akin to a gymnast, arms aloft to herald completing the move and we are staying in the acrobatic arena for our next feat – the beam.

Nick was to become quite expert at this while decorating the lofty heights of the stairwell for the only way to reach the ceiling and top of the walls was to balance a plank across two ladders and edge your way along with a roller and telescopic pole.

All wrapped up!

In preparation, I became an origami supremo and covered the new bannister, spindles and newel posts. Splicing and taping I covered the new wood in juicy gossip about Belle du Jour and Kylie Minogue!

The lack of cooking facilities meant that mealtimes were dining out times and a couple of days later we found ourselves in the Salutation Inn, Weobley. After a pleasant meal, we ventured into the bar in search of a TV and Olympic coverage. Inside the snug was a raucous group of locals discussing Fifty Shades of Grey. We weren’t expecting in-house entertainment but there it was anyway.

Grey or black and white – we had quite a giggle and we felt spurred on to tackle the next couple of days.

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