J and S the fireplace guys were here again today to complete the installation. Yesterday the old fireplace was demolished, the brickwork chopped out, lintel fitted, gas line set up, and slate hearth laid.
Today’s job was the fitting of the insert and replacing the original timber mantel.
The Art Nouveau style hood.
I turned it on in the early evening and Oliver soon took possession of this vantage point.
He is quite taken with the flickering flames, so I will have to watch them for a while. I still remember the day dear departed Orlando shoved his face right into the gas fire the day he arrived in the UK from Australia and singed his whiskers.
Oliver may never move.