Now the titivating begins…

I’ll start this week with a picture of Moel Siabod wearing a white coat again, to show just how cold it has been around here.

And now to work. Shaun is decorating the main reception room for us – not a totally lovely redecorate, but a spruce up. We will be doing building work above these rooms in about three years time, which may well disturb the ceiling, so for now we just want it to stop hurting our eyes.

Shaun was very proud (or would that better be disgusted) to have removed all these nails, pins, staples and other fixing from just the first four metres of the picture rail.

Whilst this is going on, Mike and I were repairing the last two panes in the bay window alcove. You can see Mike holding the new sash frame, made by his own fair hands, as we prepare to check it for size in the void behind the WD-40…

…and once that was glazed and in place, we started removing the larger window frame below.

The glass in this window had a large hole near the top, surrounded by seven or eight significant chunks of glass, with the majority of the pane below still in one piece. Having cut through the sash cords, the frame would not cooperate with our efforts to free it, remaining firmly stuck. So we paused, removed the putty and took out the glass, and then pulled on the frame again, when we discovered there was a rogue screw pinning the frame to its surround. Once that had been removed, we took the sash frame out of the window…

…and continued removing the old putty and paint…

….something with which I am now well practised…

…and then exerted a little judicious pressure on the corner until the frame was rectangular again.

Shaun, having completed a lot of prep work, was now overpainting the ceiling and coving…

…whilst Mike and I put the last glazed panel back in place. As we had repaired these windows, we had been removing random wires and ducting on the frame. Then we noticed that the secondary double glazing (which is very functional at best) was supported on a chunky secondary frame so after a swift consultationg, we agreed to sacrifice the secondary glazing so we could enjoy the lovely windows, even though we will perhaps freeze a little more each winter for the sake of aesthetics.

This snap shows that Shaun has overpainted the right hand far corner of the ceiling and coving – and, my goodness, doesn’t it look better!

My last offering this week is to show you the new stair carpet we have chosen for the old house. Those of us succificiently long in tooth may recall the existing stair carpet as ubiquitous in the 1970’s, and it will be replaced in mid-June with carpet as per the square below. We will be leaving the edges of the stairs exposed in keeping with the age of these stairs, but we believe this will be a vast improvement.

I must stop now as we are expecting our next guests any minute, but hope to have more to report next week.

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