Many Things In A Jumble

Here’s a pile of all the news for the last… how long has it been anyway? Seems like months…

I saw a couple of fawns on the lane on the way home one evening. No mum in sight, haven’t seen them since. Hope they’re ok.

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We had a caravan destruction party, invited Rich with predictable results. Nobody destroys things quite like Rich. Good to have you back, mate.

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Managed to lay waste to one of them and strip the other. Everyone worked very hard and hopefully had a good time. Several people suggested I could charge for the right to come and hit things with crow bars.

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Always with the fire and sausages.

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And back to work. Having shoveled a ton (literally) of quicklime into buckets and wrestled it up the hill, I set about making hot mix render. I got good at it by the end. A scholarly paper will follow just as soooooon as I get around to it.

 

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I had trouble finding much instruction on the subject when searching, so I am going to be one source of a detailed what-we-did-and-how-it-went article, at least. Thank every god and Anthony we had a cement mixer. I would have died mixing it by hand.

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Here’s Rae getting at the awkward bits.

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And Miki getting at the only slightly less awkward bits. The whole site was awkward, but they did a beautiful job. It all went as well as one could possibly expect right up until the last day when it all went a bit to hell.

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We ran out of the good sand, ordered some more from a different supplier, it was crap, tried to remedy it with some other sand… hose exploded about 20 times… it was all a bit dire. So we sacked off the last bit and will do it when I’ve had a chance to get some more decent sand.

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Anyway, reasons to be cheerful: the roses are all in glorious full bloom.

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And we had a lovely visit from Julian’s brother Paul, visiting from Croatia, hopefully the first visit of many.

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And the weather has been at least occasionally glorious, which Jack wastes no time in exploiting.

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Nor do we. We spent Saturday morning wild swimming at the best place for wild swimming that I know in the whole world. Not telling. You’ll have to get yourself invited to come with us if you want to know.

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And finally, a gratuitous plug for my other business: I Make Everything. I made my own swimming costume after being unable to find anything that a) I liked, b) could keep my considerable assets where I wanted them and c) didn’t cost, like, £400. Go read all about it at my other blog.

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That Belfast Sink I’ve Been Storing For Years

I got given a lovely old Belfast sink by Steven years ago, and kept it, I’m embarrassed to say, in the garden. Obviously all covered in weeds. It needed a good clean.

And it needed hauling to the first floor, which I did with Julian’s help and without incident, thank god. It’s bloody heavy.

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Also, countertop fits and is nearly fixed in place (thanks Nic and Rob) on the carcasses I made out of the old sauna interior cladding (thanks Anthony).

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All in all it’s going rather well.

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Except for the hateful, hideous task of rendering the rest of the building, which is luckily going to carried out more by Rae and Miki than by me, but unfortunately, I can’t just go spend two weeks on a beach in Tenerife and come back to find it done, I’ve got to actually help.

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And also do all the prep, so today Julian and I put up four bays of the dreaded quick stage scaffolding. Soon be over.

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Bathroom Cabinets

Too tired and run ragged to say much, but here is a picture.

Cabinet carcasses made from reclaimed interior of the sauna/site office/bunkhouse as was. Fourth incarnation, not a bad result in the reclamation business.

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Gawd, now I need to get back to getting ready to render the rest of this stupid building.

Why did I decide to build a house?

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Switch To The Phone Co-op Today!

Phone rings.

Guy on phone: Hello, Ms. Jackson?

Me: Yes?

Him: I’m calling from the Phone Co-op, we supply your phone and broadband. We are now in a position to offer you super-fast fibre broadband and I was wondering if you would be interested?

Me: Does it cost money?

Him: Yes, I’m afraid it does, it would add about £7 to your monthly bill.

Me: I can barely afford food.

Him: Oh. Well, lets have a look at your account. Can I ask whether you use your landline for phone calls?

Me: I don’t even have a phone.

Him: Well, in that case, I can switch you to a cheaper plan right now, if you like, save you about £2.50 a month?

Me: Oh. Yeah, Ok, thanks.

Him: Every bit helps, right?

Me: It does. Thanks a lot.

Him: No problem. Have a great day. Bye.

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Shot After Shot After Shot Of Finished Floor

Well, by finished, of course, I mean un-finished. I need to put a few coats of varnish on it now. But it’s complete; the first complete floor in the house.

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It’s lovely Canadian maple, originally laid as a gym floor in the 60s somewhere locally (I forget where exactly) and has cleaned up to look absolutely lovely.

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My back is killing me, but once I figured out that drilling a quick pilot hole made the nailing A LOT easier, it went pretty fast. Davey laid half of it and I just did the rest in a marathon session.

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I suppose I should go put some varnish on it now.

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