Sunday, 22 April 2012

We have floor–wall 2 wall

Thanks to Tracey and Paul’s persistent hard work the first floor of this wonderful house now has an oak floor –soft to walk on, transmitting very little noise downstairs –this is gong to be a great space to live in.







Sanding and oiling are next, skirting boards need to be added plus a few cupboard doors. Its amazing how much light the floor level windows and door let in … probably no need for any skylights, just a few lights to work and read by. 

Meanwhile, Mack the puppy continues to be a joy, he met the vet yesterday and went out for his first proper walk today wearing a very posh collar! Despite a large box of toys he much prefers our slippers and the broom … but he’s learning what ‘not yours’ means. 

Monday, 16 April 2012

A new member of the family

Welcome to Mack, or Macca or more properly Macaroon & I’m not even going to attempt his ‘real’ name! He is a very well socialised, perhaps a little plump, eight week old English Staffi  -presently snoring gently on the space my laptop leaves on my lap. Cookie and Crumble have been very welcoming, only a little overwhelming at times but very happy to play and share their favourite spots. 

Mack & Paul April 2012

Mack & Tracey April 2012


Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Only 500 metres left …

Its hard work, there are bruises and splinters, there is noise and wonderful progress.


The floor is out of James’ room and alongside the top of the stairs –with lots of craft needed to get a good finish on the last step   - well done Tracey.


As I write more insulation is being pumped in the space between the ceiling and the floor –the stack of bales of compressed newspaper is diminishing. A good use of one sort of print media that we quickly discard. I’m thinking of John as I write –his newspaper habit was legend and he would have been so proud of all this work.

Briefly other news –overnight we have had the best sort of rain …soft and gentle on all the young plants. Paul has forgiven me for pulling up the wrong spring onions –I now know where the ones for eating are! My quilt is less a pile of small pieces and more a pile of small squares and yes they were a few days late but the homemade hot cross buns got top marks. I don't expect there will be any left for tomorrow! Off now to do some more work on my poetry and then make pizza for lunch.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

The start of the cover up …

I’m writing this to the beautiful sound of floorboards being hammered, strapped and nailed into place. The pictures tell the story so far –lots of planning, hard work and the occasional fall of dust. I’ve been taking photos to record what is under what boards –some places light fittings, elsewhere insulation.










I’m also making tea, cooking for the workers and sometimes getting in the way as my bedroom looks more and more like a place to move into –and, as always, once a floor goes down, a much bigger room  than before. Cookie and Crumble keep a watch on it all. Yesterday we 3 went out for our usual along the hedgerow walk admiring the blossom and young wheat that now really does need rain. Cloudy today but no sign of rain yet.  To be continued …..