If I had a hammer…

…I’m sure you remember what the song says I might be doing with it…

Last weekend, this is how the view from the gents-to-be looked – mostly plasterboarded, with a few tricky bits still to do…

…and the floor in the old ladies looked like this. It took me the best part of a day with sledge- and lump-hammer, but slowly the concrete floor gave way and revealed a surprisingly straight edge in one place…

…which, on further investigation, was a slate sill from the original doorway, we presume.

This shows the view from the same doorway but looking back into the room…

…whilst this one shows me removing the old carpet and underlay, with the doorway into the old larder in view.

We then turned to boarding up the doorway to the kitchen/larder…

…and put in the first thickness of plasterboard, carefully positioned so that the next layer will become a level wall in each direction.

By the end of play today, Mike had plastered these three sections of the gents-to-be…


…and we had plasterboarded two walls of the accessible-loo-to-be.

In case it isn’t obvious, our work schedule is becoming defined by the consumables left. Fortunately, we happened to take delivery of a small order on the Friday before Lockdown but, nearly two weeks later most of this has been used. We have 2 pieces of 3 x 2studding left, but all of our plasterboard sheets are now on the walls. We have walls to plaster, but only 3/4 of a bag of skim coat which we found tucked away earlier today. We have tiles suitable for two floors, but no tile adhesive. This is no complaint: I realise that, in the scene of things, these are trivial issues, but it hopefully will explain why our future jobs might not be the ones you expect us to tackle, as they will be guided solely by what we have available already on site.

As you can see, Lola was not entirley sure what to make of things this afternoon

but when we tried to play ball during and after the walk, she still wasn’t going to give the ball up . . . for anyone!

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