On Sunday it rained. Most of you in southern England will have noticed that but did you notice it blew in from the east and not the west? I did because when the rain is driven in from that direction the windowsills by the stairs get wet. This isn't a common occurrence but as I'm in the (very long) process of decorating the hall stairs and landing I had to do something about it.
On close inspection it turned out that when the windows were fitted, as part of the loft conversion work, the pebble dash was brought flush to the wood at the top of the frames instead of overlapping it to prevent water ingress. Over the years one or both have shrunk leaving a small gap over the window frame; there was also no sign of mastic which didn't help the situation. This close inspection was done by going up my ladder to both windows; the top one being on the second floor which meant the ladder was on its full extension.
Today I used quick setting cement to build up over the wood frames and then applied mastic over the edge between the wood and cement. It wasn't until I'd finished I realised something odd - I'd just gone up a ladder to a second floor window. This may not sound odd to you but I suffer from vertigo in buildings (not mountains or cliffs) and going up a ladder that high has always filled me with dread; I'd be clinging on for dear life.
Today it just seemed a natural thing to do so I can only assume that the Prozac I take for my depression has either lessened or cured my vertigo. This isn't all good news as I used to be very cautious up a ladder and I'm now a bit worried that I may be too relaxed about it.