April in Images


As much as I love words, pictures are really great too and with so much going on up here at Katrine Bank (and with so many requests for photos) I’m aspiring to a monthly photographic update. There may be some words, there may just be pictures – but it will almost certainly not be a complete photo record of the month as I very often forget to take my camera with me! But, without further ado, let’s wade into April…

Sunshine and...house!

Sunshine and…house

These are the stone sheds after their first denuding...

These are the stone sheds after their first denuding…

...and what came off the roof

…and what came off the roof

Looking down the driveway, towards the village

Looking down the driveway, towards the village

...and a similar shot, later in the month

…and a similar shot, later in the month

This was the best of a series of about 6 shots - in all the others at least one of the subjects was very blurry!

This was the best of a series of about 6 shots – in all the others at least one of the subjects was very blurry!

More daffodils in April...*so* many daffodils!

More daffodils in April…*so* many daffodils!

In our "downstairs" garden, this was before the nettles took hold and before the ash really came into leaf

In our “downstairs” garden, this was before the nettles took hold and before the ash really came into leaf

Also "downstairs" but this time looking into the other corner - effectively turning the camera through 90 degrees to the right from the last shot

Also “downstairs” but this time looking into the other corner – effectively turning the camera through 90 degrees to the right from the last shot

I love this one - looking from one of the lowest parts of the land up through the trees

I love this one – looking from one of the lowest parts of the land up through the trees

The greenhouse was one of the big successes of April - this is very much a "before" picture

The greenhouse was one of the big successes of April – this is very much a “before” picture

...as is this

…as is this

...and this

…and this

and now...after. Behold the space where once was alcanet and and very seedy tall nettles from last year! Phase two was washing all the panes of glass - that got completed but the camera wasn't out to take photies

and now…after. Behold the space where once was alcanet and and very seedy tall nettles from last year! Phase two was washing all the panes of glass – that got completed but the camera wasn’t out to take photies

Phase two of the shed roofs in situ...

Phase two of the shed roofs in situ…

...then in the alley between the stone sheds and the back of the house...

…then in the alley between the stone sheds and the back of the house…

...and finally, being rolled along the drive towards the bonfire pit

…and finally, being rolled along the drive towards the bonfire pit

Nothing quite like squatting down to take some photos and having a cat jump on your knee...

Nothing quite like squatting down to take some photos and having a cat jump on your knee…

From the house, looking NEish - this was before the blossoms came out on the big cherry tree on the right

From the house, looking NEish – this was before the blossoms came out on the big cherry tree on the right

Daffodils, brash in the middle ground and the southern mini-valley (not ours) in the background. The gorse smelled amazing - and weirdly like coconut

Daffodils, brash in the middle ground and the southern mini-valley (not ours) in the background. The gorse smelled amazing – and weirdly like coconut

Hammock + book + cushion + rug = perfect reading location in the cool of April but when the sun was out and shining

Hammock + book + cushion + rug = perfect reading location in the cool of April but when the sun was out and shining

View from the hammock that day - looking towards the south-west corner of our plot, and up a pathway we think may originally have led to another cottage just into the next field (there's just the remains of some stone there now)

View from the hammock that day – looking towards the south-west corner of our plot, and up a pathway we think may originally have led to another cottage just into the next field (there’s just the remains of some stone there now)

The view from the back door (before we had the back door replaced...and when I thought the glass was liable to break or fall out each time I shut it forcefully!)

The view from the back door (before we had the back door replaced…and when I thought the glass was liable to break or fall out each time I shut it forcefully!)

Not many, but there are a few tulips around and about

Not many, but there are a few tulips around and about

One of the big achievements of April was turning the kitchen into a useable space (this is the view from the hallway into the kitchen)

One of the big achievements of April was turning the kitchen into a useable space (this is the view from the hallway into the kitchen)

The cupboards along the wall shared with the scullery at the back of the house

The cupboards along the wall shared with the scullery at the back of the house

The window and oven location - Chris spent *many* hours cleaning the thick oily grime off the walls in here!

The window and oven location – Chris spent *many* hours cleaning the thick oily grime off the walls in here!

And finally, the range and the hot water tank cupboard

And finally, the range and the hot water tank cupboard

The range, when we first saw the house, was hidden behind some boarding, with a storage heater attached to the boards)

The range, when we first saw the house, was hidden behind some boarding, with a storage heater attached to the boards)

Although we're missing a grate to help bank up the fire, the range is otherwise in good condition and working. Including the back boiler - which is great, but means until we've plumbed the backboiler back in fully every time we light the stove we get steam pouring out of the open pipe in the hot water tank cupboard...

Although we’re missing a grate to help bank up the fire, the range is otherwise in good condition and working. Including the back boiler – which is great, but means until we’ve plumbed the backboiler back in fully every time we light the stove we get steam pouring out of the open pipe in the hot water tank cupboard…

The front door from the inside

The front door from the inside

And in case you missed it...HOUSE! :)

And in case you missed it…HOUSE! 🙂

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