PS - it was an assured short term tenancy originally although she agreed that I could be here 10 years and then rethink my needs. I am now 80.
That you be nice, but I don't think it is going to happen - can she ask me to leave if I do not do the work that I said I would do if she did the necessary work on the outside ? I see no point in my spending a lot of money and having work done to a high standard with high quality paints etc. as she is obviously disinterested in the property and only interested in receiving her rent.