Before we get anywhere near the heady delights of fresh paint and new carpets we thought we’d best get a few grubby DIY chores out of the way. Like sweeping the chimney, for one.
On this occasion as we had already emptied the room of furnishings, we went for the ‘brush up’ technique, the other option being Mr Uphilldowndale going up on the roof and pushing the ‘brush down’ the chimney; with ‘brush down’ it is easier to contain the soot in the grate, but as it involves ladders and teetering on the roof, we are not very keen.
It seems from the rather alarming amount of soot, that this domestic chore may have been long over due!
As you can gather we’re fond of our open fire. The fireplace has a few stories of it’s own to tell.