There is never a shortage of jobs with an old house.
The gate was causing us trouble. The gatepost on the right was gradually falling outwards which meant the gates didn't meet in the middle properly and the electric opening mechanism often wouldn't work. They also needed painting and the thought of spending a whole week painting a pair of tatty old gates did not appeal!
We spoke to the builder and plans were made to have a new gate and gateposts. It would be half a metre wider which would make turning in easier, especially for delivery vans and builders lorries, of which we seemed to need more than we ever thought!
Meanwhile, back in the UK, my brother was still in intensive care.