We have been weathering the storm…

…which has required us to stay inside for most of the past two weeks. It has been unbelievably blowy and rather wet. We have had a significant number of power cuts. Our grateful thanks go to our wonderful guests who managed to see this as an adventure rather than as the damp squib that would have been perfectly understandable.

So our work has been mostly internal. To remind you, the lounge fireplace had been stripped of its panelling and slate surround…

…but now we needed to produce a sound structure to support the plasterboard…

…which meant adding lots of ‘three be two’ until…

…it was rigid enough to…

…not move when we screwed the plasterboard to it. Whilst Mike was attaching the bits…

…I was busy cutting the next bit to size.

We had a day earlier this week when I was making marmalade (lemon, lime, and lemon & lime since you ask) so Mike plastered the wall.

‘My goodness, doesn’t it look good’, he thinks to himself!

Earlier in the week, Shaun was helping Mike with a spot of decorating and reorganising.

On one of the few dry days, we had a go at tidying up the outside because we knew windy weather was on the way…

…but was you can see, we didn’t get quite as far as we had hoped. We will return to this in future… Meanwhile, Mike had to sweep the chimney whilst we repaired and reinstalled the woodburner. Notice below his cunning curtain to keep the dust down…

…and, now above, his victory salute as the brush emerges clean out of the chimney.

Long story short, we pulled the woodburning stove out of the fireplace on ‘Sliderz’ (which are completely brilliant bits of kit for moving anything). It then fell to me to cut a circle out of the fireboard to go above the fire whilst Mike replaced various bits in the body of the stove.

It was with relief that the fire went back into its place that evening, so we were able to light the stove again!

Below is a photo of the front of the prpoerty at present, now that Shaun has been given free rein to arrange the curtains to give a better ‘look’.

And finally, for this post, I wanted to show you our new front door mat (in the porch that we blogged about last time) but sadly I cannot work out how to rotate the image so you’ll need to rotate your device – or just be aware that the doorway is on the right as you look at this!

The hope is that we will have progressed to outside work next week, but probably only if the weather gets a little drier.

2 thoughts on “We have been weathering the storm…

  1. Yes very blowy and wet, we too were wet and windy and power cuts for 48 hours over the weekend, but we fared better than many.
    Your picture of Plas looks very welcoming with the warm light at the windows.
    Hope not too much debris outdoors, always hood to see your progress, take care, Julie

    1. Fortunately, storm Franklin has passed and the winds are now much less scary. Here’s hoping you are able to come and see this place some day, so you get a sense of just how exposed we are to the weather. Hope all is well with you and Wretham – and that you like our new fireplace! Carrie

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