You know, I’m really enjoying these photo blogs. Not quite as transient as albums on Facebook or instagram (she says, as if she’s ever usedinstagram…) and yet something which feels achievable each month in a way that a written summary of the month wouldn’t be. Funny ol’ human. Anyways, without further ado…
We are still making progress on the dormer window but as yet the external work has not yet been finished (fingers crossed for October!) But I do always find it interesting to see the “insides” of buildings / bits of buildings
This is the not-quite-sure-what-it’ll-be-long-term-but-right-now-it’s-got-loads-of-lavender-plants-in bed, but note the compost heap in the background. We’ll come back to said heap…
An early September job ended up being liberating a load of old grow sacks. Somewhere around 20 had been laid into what can only be described as a “gro-bag-bed” and since initially being placed there they’d become utterly embedded. (The white bits you see are the plastic of the bag) Which is where I came in
With the help of our trusty wheelbarrow (until it falls apart – in its previous life it was a builders’) I excavated them, bag by bag, and moved the contents to next to the compost heap (for want of a better place)
And went from this…
…to this (thankfully there weren’t bags under the black plastic, I just moved that plastic at the same time)
And you’ll now spot the mound of former-gro-bag-contents. This pile actually got too big so there ended up being a second pile – fun and games!
The tomatoes continued cropping merrily (and are still going now)
One motivation for this monthly posting is to see different areas of the land at different times of the year. So this is the view from the path down from the house on to the row of ash “downstairs”
And, from a similar spot, looking into the other bit of land just down from the house which, for want of any other descriptor, is where we imagine tents might quite happily nestle at some point
“Downstairs” has had a mow (or two) and the nettles are now much more under control but I’m sure have plenty of strength to make a come back in 2017 if we don’t give them a run for their money
Completing this particular walking route, I came back up the slope and am just passing our food-waste composter on the way back to the house
The office window – painted but without curtains. While I was away in Morecambe Chris proposed a re-allocation of room use which somehow turned into a 4-room shuffle when I got involved. There was a period when I was really on it, painting window surrounds, making curtains and moving furniture…
The office got curtains, some paint and the desk you see in the previous photo swapped out for a sofa. What was the tool room, however, got totally cleared…
…the window surround painted (as did Solli’s room’s window – but it basically looks like the other two so I’m not going to include the photo of it)…
And new furniture and curtains
Having moved this little bureau into the old tool room / new guest room I also discovered it’s perfect for making greetings cards and writing letters at. Particularly during the morning hour when this room is flooded with sunlight
What was the sitting room (with the view out to the Isle of Man) was also included in the makeover…
…and is now the tool room. Still in progress in terms of getting shelves sorted and the like but this now means Chris and I now both have “work rooms” – mine, the office.; his, the tool room
The final room to get attention (although I did finish off the window surround in the kitchen as well – I had a *really* productive couple of days!) was the library – which was the room that started it all. This has now become our sitting room, complete with a merry little wood burner so we can be all snug as autumn and winter draw in. Not sure why I didn’t do an “after” photo, especially as the curtains in there are really rather special, even if I do say so myself, but there you go!
And speaking of curtains, my treadle Singer has been getting lots of attention – and use!
It’s a gorgeous machine to use although, sadly, the bobbin winder needs more-than-just-WD40-attention to get it working again. In the mean time I get moments where I pause and wind bobbins by hand. Not the quickest (versus a bobbin winder) but it’s getting the job done. It’s also great having the space to lay out fabric – I do so love this machine
Excitingly, September was the month we started harvesting some rather yummy apples from one of the three apple trees that were already here. The berries in the pan are Japanese wineberries (which may well feature in the future if we manage to get some of the cuttings we’ve got to take)
We’ve already got 4 apple trees – but only one is really thriving. One is basically on the ground but still growing, a second rather is totally overshadowed by the ash we’re coppicing and the third, next to this one, just hasn’t really fruited. But this one has!
The apples are proving a lovely eater (which also cooks fairly well – at least in my mainly-porridge-based-adventures) and time will tell if it keeps well. It’s fairly firm so we’re hoping so
More brambles from above the stone sheds, you say? Why yes!
This time was digging out the roots of the brambles which I’d previously just cut – and included some beauties like this one
And, of course, the bonfire shot. Smoke and gorgeous sunshine make it a rather interesting view, but rest assured the bonfire made short work of the brambles and the other bits and pieces that had been lying around for ages and which now…aren’t!
We’re still on the hunt for wood burning stoves and a rather large one came up which we were considering. To avoid a previous mistake of “oh, I’m sure it’ll be fine!” (and then it not being fine) we started investigating what we hoped would open up into a lovely fireplace and be suitable for said burner
As much as it was great having a play with the hammer drill, the lintel wasn’t making an appearance…
…and at the point at which we stopped, still hadn’t. Chris’ Dad (a structural engineer) suspects there is one, but possibly higher up. There’s also a chance the back boiler that used to serve the only radiator in the house is still in there somewhere. But for now, we’ve opted against the burner and are holding off further investigating until other higher priority jobs are done
Jason the cat, of course, remains a feature and has decided (as he did in Chris’ previous house) that the most comfortable place to be is generally our bed
And what a cute little kitten face he is (although, alas – for me – he’s still the archetypal beastie-puss with his periodic, probably at least daily, forays into catching his own food)
And the final photo, which isn’t a photo, is an image for you to compose in your own head: yesterday, September 30th, I was wielding a hammer + pair of fencing pliers as I started the process of de-fencing the used-to-have-sheep-in-field, to the west of the drive. The impact wasn’t huge (I’m starting off with the barbed wire on top) but rumour has it that Rome wasn’t build in a day (and neither was its fence dismantled in a day). Little by little – that’s our ethos here!