Cleaning…

Books with termite detritus

Remember the ceiling bearer I showed you last post? When the builders tried to remove it, it crumbled into a gazillion pieces.  And even though they were very good about trying to work around our furniture that couldn’t be moved out of the way, and even though they used LOTS of dropcloths… when that much rotten termite poo comes crashing down, it goes EVERYWHERE.  I’ve just spent the afternoon cleaning off books and the bookshelves in this corner:

Every. Single. Book. has to be cleaned...

And I have run out of energy.  It’s not just the larger particles  – the entire house is covered in a layer of grit, which drifted down when the ceilings came down and dropped 50+ years of accumulated dust.  I (perhaps naively) thought the mess would be confined to the lounge and bedroom where the work was happening – nope.

I’ve just ordered a new filter for the vacuum cleaner – even though the Dyson is supposed to have a “lifetime” filter, after 7 years of hard work (and the recommended twice yearly washing), I can’t get it clean enough for the vacuum to work as well as it should.  Just another joy of renovating…