Three out of four ain’t bad…

I start the blog this week with a photo (taken by our neighbour Wendy) of the field next to our premises, which might give some idea of why we decided to move here.

We have been very busy with hospitality during this half-term week. To cover for this lack of progress, I am sharing a few photos of our children, some of whom managed to visit us last weekend.

Charley (above and below) popped up to go climbing with…

…her brother Tom and Kate. As far as we can tell they enjoyed their climbing…

…even if we can’t tell that from the photos – indeed in some we are not even sure who is climbing!

I am delighted to see Tom has inherited his father’s desire to remain always casual in front of the lens…

…whilst Kate seems to favour the action shot.

Will was not able to join us as he was working last weekend, and Pip couldn’t join us as she had a prior commitment to play Rugby for the Cambridge University Women’s rugby team. You may not be able to recognise her from the back, but she’s the one catching the ball.

That’s the three out of four, for anyone puzzled by the title.

As for us, we were sad to find that one of the stained glass windows has begun to fall apart. We have saved those bits that didn’t shatter as they hit the ground, and I will be going on a course in the autumn to find out how to repair them.

Our important news is that the Building Engineer called this week, to advise on building options for our next phase. To do this, he needed to know whether ‘John’s bit’ (the part we will be working on next) stands on solid ground, so Mike had to dig some test holes. Below you can see the concrete beneath one corner of the building (which has been deemed inadequate as the concrete seems to be supported on porridge)…

…whilst that along one side is fine, and…

…that at the back corner of the building is so rocky, and so close to bedrock that Mike took an hour with a pickaxe to make very little progress, but the engineer is content we have no concerns here!

Net result: the Building Engineer will submit his report to the architect soon, but it is likely to say we need to underpin one corner of the building, and then proceed with one of three likely options as soon as we get the plans.

The only building work we actually managed this week is finish filling the steps with slate and fitting the second hand rail onto the garden stairs.

We will use this weekend, if we have any spare time, to stain the wood to better tie in with the top section whilst we still have dry weather. After that, well, who knows what we might do next…!

2 thoughts on “Three out of four ain’t bad…

    1. Thanks. And we are very lucky – the kids all seem to be avoiding the dreaded lurgy, and we are hoping for our second jab in the next couple of weeks, so are keeping eerything crossed. Here’s hoping the heat isn’t too much for you this weekend…

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