I have been busy over the last two days carrying our rather urgent work on wooden windows , doors and frames. The climate here is not really kind to wood, the searing heat of summer and the cooler wet of winter take their toll. The recent storm really brought it to my attention that this work needed to be done, and meant that I had to leave some of the wood to dry out before tackling the task. To be honest I had put it off since we are renting the place at the moment, unwise really since we are planning to buy, the work needed to be done, and nobody else was going to do it.
There have been a couple of trips to the local hardware / DIY shop which is excellent. We picked up some preservative woodstain guessing a little about the right colour, varnish, brushes and a few other bits. The people in the shop seem to have got used to us wandering in for bits and pieces and are incredibly helpful. They showed us colour cards for the woodstain, helped us locate what we needed, and taught Hilary the Turkish for stuff such as sandpaper. The task has been going pretty well, the stain is a little darker than the original but this does not matter a great deal, it is not going to show that much. By the middle of today I had a window frame that is exposed to the weather stained and varnished, and another window and frame which is less exposed stained.
There is still work to do on the wood, but good progress has been made, and everything will be varnished and dry before the next predicted rain.