Day Twenty

view from the front today
view from the front today

So here we are at day twenty.  We have another dormer on the horizon and some insulation being installed between the uprights.  The bath no longer floods the void under the house when it is emptied so it’s all good.  Did wonder if the roofers would be here today after a wet weekend.  Glad they managed to get on.   Here are today’s pics for you.

back dormer under construction
back dormer under construction
insulation starts
insulation starts filling in the uprights
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Hatch

hatch detail
hatch detail

We have a little hatch from the kitchen to the dining room (or dumping room at the moment).  At the moment we have the cover up to prevent having to look at the room that really looks like it belongs to someone with a hoarding problem like you sometimes see on the tele… I do like to keep bits and bobs but I do love a clear space too.  It is better just not to look at the moment. Anyway, on the top of the hatch there is a wee ledge that has turned into a magnet for interesting items belonging to the children mostly.  I love the way it has just kind of happened since we’ve been here, it helps makes it our place.

 

 

off on a trip
off they go

Earlier on I was doing a bit of gardening – that actually means me trimming, pruning and butchering things that have got too big out there.  Back to that in a minute.  From the garden I spotted the dolls’ house car off on a journey, thought you might like to see it too.  JH, they all love that spineroo chair, thanks so much.

 

 

 

Campie Time

frame held together with a bobble.
frame held together with a bobble.

So, gardening, I trimmed some long very straight branches from a nameless plant in the garden.  We all love a campie in our house.  A campie is when you make a den or little hideaway using sheets, pillows and usually some furniture and, of course, clothes pegs.  This is a new development on that theme, a tepee.  We used the long twigs to make a frame and covered it in a favourite campie bedspread and there we have it, a tepee.  It’s pretty small so really only H can fit in, even better she thinks.

look closely, H is showing you a picture
look closely, H is showing you a picture

 

 

 

Saturday Tune

Here’s your music for today, inspired by the drive home last night.  The menu  incidentally said the dosa was made from rice and lentil flour.  Interesting because I have made them with gram flour in the past.  The dosa was fantastic, by the way, I’d forgotten how huge they can be, it must  have been about 65cm long when it came out all rolled up.  I digress.

The music in my car last night was Suede. Brilliant surprise, my husband had left the singles CD in the player and I’ve not heard it for so, so long..  It was between this and ‘She’s in Fashion’ for singalongability.  Happy singing, hope nobody saw me singing my heart out down The Mound last night.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjwWnxTe1xI

Day Nineteen

Four weeks done and boy can you see a difference.  Here are the highlights today:-

The back dormer has been prepped and the back section where the alarm was holding everything up is all sorted.

Loads of slates have been taken off at the back ready for the dormer to go in.

Still more invisible electrical work and plumbing done.  Some not so invisible like the 6 holes with wire tentacles coming out of them in the new bathroom.

We have bath taps, the children are looking forward to having a bath in a bedroom, as they see it.

The space where the stair used to be is nowhere to be seen any more.

There was another huge load of insulation on the drive today along with other bits and bobs.  The upstairs seems to be shrinking at the moment.

Have a look for yourself.

day 19 002

Lennie surveying his patch
Lennie surveying his patch
small room's window has gone
small room’s window has gone
front to back today
front to back today
to front window today
to front window today
insulation making its own way upstairs
insulation making its own way upstairs

The Dogs – being photogenic

Lucy mid stretch
Lucy mid stretch
Lennie looking out for squirrels
Lennie looking out for squirrels

I’m very excited about going out for tea with a pal of mine for dosa masala, a fantastic Southern Indian dish which has a gram flour pancake filled with spicy potatoes and is served with 2 or 3 different sauces (for want of another  word).  I acquired a serious taste for dosa when I lived in Malaysia.  Well worth braving the cold for.

Have a fabulous weekend x