I'm pleased to report that our dishwasher saga is finally at an end. What should have been a simple, straightforward swap of like for like turned into a week-long drama during which a section of the kitchen floor had to be taken up and replaced. That done, we re-tiled the area and set about installing the new machine.... a job which should take no more than 15 minutes but due to a leaking connection took 2 days as we had to get a new isolation valve.
Finally, this morning, the damn machine was installed and working. If we ever need to replace this one we're moving house.
So, for the rest of the day we've been returning all the displaced stuff from the kitchen cupboards and reinstating the dining room to its intended purpose, rather than an overflow store room.
I've even made some inroads in to my Christmas shopping this morning and the final Christmas orders will be ready to go in the post tomorrow.
Thereafter I will be in full wind-down mode and not before time.
In other news, Small Dog is entering fully into the Christmas spirit....