…and now we return to woodwork!

We started the week still working on blockwork. Below you can see a picture of a doorway which we are ‘adjusting’ to become a window. We started by inserting ties to attach the new blocks securely to the existing walls…

…and continued to add ties as the wall grew.

Whilst Mike rebuilt the wall, I removed the window below, starting with the panes of glass and then…

…by cutting through the frame to create some expensive firewood.

During this riveting task, on a dull and moist Welsh morning, my brother kindly sent me a photo of the sunset he was enjoying at home in the Far East, which I grant you looks rather idillyic, so – being a mature and responsible adult – I shared with him my view at the moment his message arrived…

…and I like to think my brother enjoyed my view of Mike working as much as I enjoyed his sunset. On the other hand…

…if only I had looked in the other direction, I would have seen Siabod.

Anyway, the new lintels still haven’t arrived, so we have swapped back to the stud work. Below you can see us cladding a wall with marine plywood which will stiffen the structure.

It might be easier to see from the back what we are doing…

…and if we look back the other way, you can see that now the central dividing wall butts up to the marine plywood, thus making both walls much more rigid.

The central wall is now complete for three of the four sections, and both walls are vertical and at right angles to each other. (Can you see my crossed fingers as I say that?)

Next week we will continue the walls so we can incorporate one of the last two pieces of steel, but also await arrival of the lintels. Can you bear the excitement?

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