The house on the right has been empty for about 5 years , you can see the roller shutter down on the right hand ground floor window, and the building has gradually become more and more dilapidated. A few weeks ago scaffolding appeared and work started on gutting the interior, and the roof was relaid with new tiles and lots of insulation.
As the scaffold came down a fortnight ago I mentally kicked myself for not making drawings of the activity.
Yesterday a big van , a HUGE van, appeared and it seemed that new windows would go in
This morning they were back and whilst we ate breakfast the old windows on the first floor went and, before I could get my sketch book and draw, the high speed workers were fitting new ones. They were so energetic. Drilling and screwing and leaping up and down like jack in the boxes, (Jacks in the box?) This quick sketch shows one man drilling and standing on the outside window sill, his mate is admiring their handiwork and the central , completed, window is shown closed..
In case you are wondering they are dark grey, enamelled aluminium. And as you can see it is another lovely sunny and warm day, 31 C and very humid. Tomorrow we may know what they will do with the French windows downstairs.
Al three drawings are made on cartridge paper with a fountain pen and water colour.