Roofing, despite storm Dennis

Following our return from Thailand, we have had to wait until the forecast showed a couple of days sufficiently still and dry that we could finish the last section of roof. What with Storm Ciara and then Dennis passing through, this has been a longer wait than we would have wished.

Meanwhile, we worked on inside the building.

The ceiling, before I was unleashed on it

The ceiling on the long corridor was in a bit of a state.

A close up, to show what we were facing

It had clearly leaked, in various places at various times, so there were many pits and cracks in the finish which was far from level, so we decided it all had to come down.

Ceiling part removed…

So I wielded my faithful wrecking bar and, over three evenings, managed to pull it down – along with a surprising volume of rubble, very damp insulating mat and bits of broken Christmas decorations which had obviously been housed in this roof space at some point.

…and now totally removed.

I’m not going to admit in public to some of the materials that descended on my head as I finished this task, but suffice to say I made sure I had a hot, deep bath each night.

We are also clearing the plasterboard from the internal ‘external’ wall

We have also continued to clear the plasterboard and battening from what was the back wall of the old manor, ready for this to become a feature in this long corridor in future.

The last section of the roof needed completing

Last Tuesday, we finally had a forecast for a day with only a few isolated showers, so the building team turned its attention outside. Tuesday saw us strip the slates from the roof (above), and the battens, and then replace the waterproof fabric and re-batten.

On Wednesday, the forecast was (accurately) for only one hail shower, so were able to reslate the roof – I will provide photographic evidence next week. To show off this roof, I need to walk over the rock behind the building to take a proper photo, and as we now have Storm Jorge whistling around us, and the rain lashing down, I will wait until the weather improves. I would love to picture you holding your breath until then, but I strongly suggest it won’t be that exciting! except of course that the next item on the list is to put a new lintel into the old exterior wall – now, do you think they show how to do that on Youtube?

Half term is upon us…

..which means Mike and I, very happily, are busy catering to guests rather than bashing the building about. On top of which, the weather here has been so wet and windy, it hasn’t been safe to even think about doing the roof. So instead, some more photos of our lovely break in Thailand….

Here we are in front of the view from one of the Thai restaurants that Carrie’s brother and sister in law took us to…

…and here we are at the same restaurant, after our visit to the elephant sanctuary, but with the coconuts growing on the tree behind us.

Back in the real world, and despite the very wet and windy weather, Teg has continued to come with his owner to give Lola her extra walk each day, for which we and she are most grateful.

Just in case you want to check out the family resemblance, above is my big bruvver Mike (centre) with his twins Max and Emma…

…and here we have my sister in law Yuko with their youngster, Mia. All of them are fantastic hosts to whom we send very grateful thanks for a magnificent holiday!

Great memories – but probably back to normal properly next week….

Into each life…

…a little rain must fall, but storm Ciara brought us more than just a little water. For anyone concerned about us, Plas took a little damage from the wind but nothing serious. Less lucky was Betws y Coed which we understand lost the Miner’s bridge, and parts of Llanrwst were well under water. Cars in the Co-op carpark in Llanrwst and in the Siabod cafe car park were bobbing around in the floodwaters.

At least the bridge is still standing…

Given the general wetness and the high winds, we decided to work inside rather than on the roof. I know – how pathetic are we?! We cleared out the corridor below ready to replace all 17 windows on the left hand wall (part of which is not in view, in case you are counting).

The long corridor aka the cloister

As we have replaced glazing a few times before at Plas, this is now quite a polished activity. We clear off the exterior putty; remove the brads; lever the window out from the inside; clear the margins of old putty; apply silicone sealant; insert window; add sealant and beading, and then tack beading into place.

Most of the double glazed panels are misty

See – it’s simple. This week, we have replaced 10 of the 17 panes, and (even though the windows need cleaning) this is already letting a lot more light into this corridor. I hope you can see that the right hand pane below is more like a window should be than the panes on the left.

…so the clarity of the replacements is great to see

It has not been our most productive week, however. This is partly due to jet lag still working its way through our systems, but mostly because Charley dropped by with our grandson, Teddy. Mike has insisted that I include the photo below, which I would normally have found a reason to exclude due to its unflattering nature, but as a dutiful partner, what was I to do? There had been much rocking and pacing and cuddling to encourage Teddy to drop off to sleep, but once he had dropped off, I didn’t dare move his head so needed to sit down with my forearm propped on my leg. What you can’t see is the laptop screen I am reading as I check emails (how is it that emails are still taking over my life?!?) which might explain the slightly strange expression…

Which one is the more tired, I wonder?

…so I thought I would share a better shot of the delightful Teddy so you can enjoy his loveliness more fully.

Hey gorgeous!

We are not sure what we will be doing next week, given storm Denis is due in and our rooms are due to be quite busy during half term. We will let you know next time.