By the time the joiner (who would make an exception for my floorboards) was already booked I snapped into action. I wanted to try to get all the messy jobs done before the floor would go down! That would then minimise doing damage to my lovely boards. Or even just make them dirty. I had had to bloody clean the floorboards in the landing so often, and every workman said they would be careful with it but they all scuffed it and spilled things on it and whatnot. I didn't want that again! So I took my wood strip and tried to saw it to size. And the wood is much lighter than the surrounding wood, but I could imagine the sun will do something about that.
Now I still have to sort out some gaps the plasterer had left, like between the beams and the wall, and take the excess plaster off the beams, and then the messy work is done! Until the joiner comes in and starts producing sawdust!
Now you see it, now you don't; wood moulding over the long end bit not yet over the top end