March 2016 : This morning – a glorious sunny morning, almost as warm as summer, Jonathan went round to Eight Askernish to open up the house for guests arriving for a three-day stay – and a wedding. So, that’s the start of this year’s letting season – and means improvement and maintenance jobs done – for now. There have been three main improvements this winter: the whole-house ventilation and heat recovery system, completed just last week. Before that – before Christmas, in fact – we widened out the path around the house so as to create a firm clean area for the picnic bench to stand on, instead of grass. And in-between we created a decent wheelie-bin stance, storm-proof, customer-facing (ie it has labels explaining what should go in each bin) and bin-men (sorry! meant wheelie-bin emptying technician) friendly. Okay, nothing very exciting ; but, you know, it’s the little things that matter most. Just as J was leaving, he spotted the first daffodil flower of the season, and as he knelt down to take this photo, the guests arrived!