This week the weather is on our side…

…as it has been gloriously warm, and mostly dry, which is fabulous!

Below you can see that we had completed eleven of twelve courses of blocks at one end of the building…

…with a little more work to do at the other end, but note how Lola is doing all she can to help us!

A couple of days ago we put in several lintels, and today we started building the brick and block walls onto the lintels…

…which leaves us just one course of blocks short of the target twelve.

Here you see the lintel over the door that will offer access to the accessible shower and toilets…

…whilst this lintel, casually framing Moel Siabod in the background, will enable us to get into the boiler room. Now if you are wondering what on earth possessed us to come here and spend our lives on a building site, I will just offer you…

…this view, snapped by our friend Jen to whom all plaudits should be sent, which is not a five minute walk from our building site. (Even though it was pouring with rain at the time)

When we tell people we have an office in such a beautiful part of the world, we are not joking!

And finally, the sun came out..!

We have (sort of) made the decision to carry on building the storage barn until the end of May, after which we will switch back to building the suites. This is partly because we have both become surprisingly invested in seeing the barn finished, and partly because whatever else happens, we simply MUST get a roof on the suites before the winter. As you can see, I continued putting the insulation between the brick courses…

…so that we could continue blocking up the walls. On the left hand side we have completed nine of twelve courses, with somewhat less on the right hand side.

The blocks now have to be delivered from a lorry on the road behind the barn and lifted over the wall…

…and if I may say so, we are quietly pleased with the progress. We are now at courses eight or nine all the way round…

and as you can see, the building is beginning to look significant within its setting. Below is the view from the concrete mixer area…

and below is the view if you stand within the left hand suite and look towards Moel Siabod.

We start getting really busy with the accommodation next week, so here’s hoping we can find time to continue making some progress with the building. But before I sign off this week, I want to show you some other progress. In memory of my parents, and particularly my dad, I planted an asparagus bed in some raised beds three years ago, so finally this year we could cut a small proportion of spears. I have to say these were the most delicious asparagus spears I have eaten in a long time…

Yes, they were worth all the wait… let’s just hope that you feel the same about next weeks blog post!

We took a break… and were so happy to return!

Over the last three weeks, I spent several days in South Wales doing churchy things. After this, my sister Di visited to help with some painting, before her husband arrived and they had a short break together whilst Mike repainted the front door in our ‘white and grey’ livery…

…and shortly after Di and Brian left, some school friends of mine came visiting. You can see us all below at the Inigo Jones bridge in Llanrwst…

…and do you agree that we still look youthful, despite all meeting for the first time in 1971, noting two of us actually met in 1965, which does feel like that was a little while ago. Once Venetia and Delyth had returned to the depths of Hertfordshire, Mike and I took a few days off to visit family, and on our return we got back to the building works…

…every two course of bricks we insert insulation into the cavity. Also every two courses, we have to tie in the internal walls to maximise the strength of the structure…

…and we have ties across the cavity to tie everything together…

…and today, we have completed the eight course of twelve in some areas, so we should be inserting the lintels over the doors soon!

Progress does sometimes feel a little slow, but we have great news. About a week ago, we received the new plans from the architect, so once these have been sent to Building Control, we might continue building the barn, or we might move back to building the suites. Decisions, decision, decisions….