A lot has happened in the last two weeks (not as much as I was hoping, but at least it’s something).
As some of you have seen, the garden is coming to life. Today I will take Daniel Burns Long John out to transfer the seedlings that, unbeknownst to my wife, Jacquie and I started while she was in London at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards. Better to ask for forgiveness than permission. It’s almost as if I am about to send off an animal that I rose from birth out into the wild. The kids will be missed, but at least we will be able to visit them everyday. This next line may sound a bit weird, but eventually we will be able to eat them and experience them in all their glory. But enough with the mushy stuff…
But before I forget, I would like to take the time to thank all the heads that came out to work in the garden a few Sundays ago. From the beginning, it had been just Jacquie and I doing all the grunt work. Fueled by beer and pizza, this group of 20-some accomplished what would have taken the two of us a couple of weeks. It just goes to show how much one can do when you are so lucky to have so many helping you out.
As for the inside of the restaurant, over the last two weeks the painters have been stripping the walls to expose what was underneath. I have to admit, one of our construction workers, Ole, didn’t think it was such good idea: “When you told me what you wanted to do, I thought who is this F%!*$d up guy and why doesn’t he just paint the place?!” I really wanted the walls to display a raw/stripped quality, but we didn’t know what awaited us beneath those layers of paint. What slowly started to appear was, for lack of a better word, SICK (meant in the best way possible). It was almost like an archaeological dig — you could see all the different layers that represented the lifespan of the building. It took two weeks of two guys working full time to strip the whole room. And in the end, I was taken back by the outcome of their hard work. And so was Ole.
Enjoy the pictures…there will be more to come for everyone — including us.