Soon, it will be complete. The facelift is almost at an end. After weeks of sanding, filling cracks and crevices and replacing worn members the transformation is nearly over. And once again she will sit there on her corner, appearing different yet similar, with her commanding views over Lorne unchanged. Of course, I speak of La Perouse.
For the past couple of weeks, the main house & cottage has undergone alterations of a cosmetic nature. Well, all timber houses need a fresh coat of paint sometime! Her weathering boards have been replaced or/and recoated as have her eaves and baseboards. Frankly, she now looks a million dollars!
For a while, the exterior of the hotel resembled a large lunar landing craft as temporary trestles and ladders and scaffolding hugged her walls to make the painters’ job easier. Deftly, the Tevelein Painters performed their high-wire act to the amazement of passers-by as they nimbly ambled along their planks high above the ground where most people would have needed vertigo suppressants. A quick fill here and a timely sanding down there and the surface preparations were complete and she was ready for the first coat. That done, the second was applied and the result is as smooth as Louttit Bay on a windless day. A touch up here and a final brush there and the Maid of William Street is ready to wow its holiday makers once more.
And through it all, Sue and Laurel retained their good humour and serenity and calmly dealt with the normal ups and downs of running Lorne’s only French inspired Bed and Breakfast. Croissants anyone?