Three hearty Minnesotans who have been working on our fireplaces for the last few days. Alex was preparing to put up the scaffolding I showed you in yesterday's photo. Nick on the left was working on the hole (below) that was focused on our inside flue and Dave on the far right was working in concert with the other two. Because the ground is frozen, the design of the basement fireplace may pose a problem, meaning that they'd have to come back in the spring to finish the work. They promised me that they would try to complete it by Friday. I am depending on these wonderful Minnesotans to finish the job by the end of the week. Fingers Crossed!!