A new doorway opens

I start with a brief Covid-19 update. On Friday it was announced that holiday accommodation in Wales like ours can plan to reopen from 13th July, assuming the infection rate continues to decline. With a new hotspot on Anglesey that links into North Wales, this may yet be unachievable, but at least it gives us something to work towards.

Last week we hung the door into the new toilets…

…and then we returned to cutting the double width doorway. Mike and Niall used a stone cutter to cut a guide line into the dressed slates facing the corridor, and then began to cut away the rough slate wall on the inside. The acrow props were strategically positioned, one supporting the stone lintel over the original window, the other supporting the four inch thick wooden beam above this.

This cutting away took several days, with Mike and Niall each operating different breakers…

…whilst I was occupied, partly on paperwork and partly on removing all the waste materials. One reason I wasn’t using the breakers was because they are heavier than I can really manage, and the other was…

…I didn’t fancy looking like a chimney sweep after a few hours work.

We carefully removed some slate intact, but most of it had to be crumbled away, which explains why it took so long.

Softly softly catchee monkey, as people say when proceeding carefully, and eventually…

… we got to the end of the job. Three feet of slate wall two feet thick has been cut away, and tomorrow we will build the brick wall on which the steels will rest…

…which is why we had to move the acrows. Two of the four steels are supporting the wall above through being braced across a piece of 4″ x 4″ so that they could be moved outside the area in which the wall will be built.

A week or so ago, we put the new oil tank in place, having dug over the area near it. On warm days during the week I planted this up with bits and bobs, either grown from seed, or cuttings, or provided by kind neighbours…

…and hope that in a week or two, it will begin to look the business.

Now that we need to be ready for 13th July, you might find the progress slows somewhat, but here’s hoping we manage to keep things going at a reasonable rate!

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