After posting our weekend cabin sleepover photos last week, I thought it only fair to show you the less idyllic but just as blog worthy side of our efforts at the farm on Midsummer weekend. There was mess, dust, decisions to be made and a little mild bickering thrown in for good measure. I can't let you think we are living some kind of perfect life- oh no no!
We have demolished the old hay barn. This is a really big event because it reveals an unblocked view of the Shropshire Hills from the kitchen and the back elevation of the house which is my favourite part.
The kitchen is also very light now which I am happy about because I made the decision to remove a window on the opposite wall to the bifold doors to allow for a full kitchen run. It has worked. Phew!
There have been a lot of indoor jobs: tiling the utility floor with the dog and fitting the kitchen piece by piece along with the last of the electrics.
The weather has not been on our side - so wet all through June. We managed to snatch an opportunity to work outside a few weekends ago. We wanted to board up this roof overhang before it became a nesting site for swifts.
The outside is complete. All the stone guys have left. Their final job was to put in the date stone I bought for us. There is my name, blokes name and the year we took the project on (the year my dad passed away) so it seemed a fitting tribute to all concerned. I mean what year would I have estimated it would finish on, I have no idea??
There has been a lot of painting. Nearly every room has three coats of white on. It has taken me 72 hours to do that. Beano did not help last weekend when he knocked a nearly empty tin of undercoat over the edge of the landing. It bounced on the stairs and landed on our hall floor. Thank goodness the parquet was covered and there was some plywood leaning up against the stairs so that stopped most of the splash going on my pine cupboard which is underneath. There was just enough to finish the window cills.
It was blistering hot on site yesterday. We demolished a rotten mobile home but we could only manage short bursts under the hot tin. We poured jugs of water from the tap over the backs of our heads every couple of hours. It was a scorcher! Time for a rest and some family time today though.
It would be nice to show you something finished wouldn't it? Here is the lounge light complete with squirrel cage bulbs against a painted ceiling. All done.
Just a little update for those following the story. I know it is not everyone's cup of tea but thanks for reading. Jo xxxxx