The view arrived back today in glorious technicolour and splendour. A smattering of snow on the higher slopes with blue sky and sunshine. I took this from the bedroom window this afternoon.
There's more snow on the mountains and up on the 'Dirrie' as it's known locally; the High Ascent as you drive up out of Ullapool on the A835 towards Inverness. But enough of looking out of the window.
Visitors arrive this month to stay. The guest bedroom had a hurried coat of white paint slapped on the walls last winter to make it ready for friends and family staying for Christmas and the New Year. However, it needs some finishing touches. The tape on the window sill is corner tape. It has a crease along its center and is for internal corners. When I first bought some I thought all corner tape was internal because it was used indoors! But that's not what it means at all. Outward and inward facing corners have different tape. Stick with it - I'll finish in a minute! External corner tape has two metal strips down the center to run either side of the corner and protect against bashes and knocks. Now, isn't that worth knowing? You never know when the desire to corner tape will pounce on you and at least now, unlike myself, you'll be able to stay ahead in the shop!
Corner tape covers up cracks and corner joints in the plaster board. It's easy enough to put on, what I'm less good at (really bad at in fact) is plastering over the tape. I've done one corner in the guest room and when finished it must all be sanded down and repainted. You're not supposed to see any joins in the plaster, or edges of tape under the paint?! I'm hoping guests will be so taken with the views, they won't notice lumpy corners, seams and stuff!