Some months ago, it was decided that the exterior walls on our apartment building badly needed repointing. This morning, I walked into my living room to find a man stood outside my window, which considering I'm two floors up and at that point, still in my dressing gown, was a pretty startling sight.
The rest of the day was drowned in an awful racket, as they drilled to get the old mortar out. This should take them a couple more days to achieve; then there's the repointing and the sandblasting to follow, provided the weather holds. I can't wait to see the result, but in the meantime, I think I will invest in some earplugs.