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Rain, Hail and Shine

For the last few weeks, the wind has been howling through the hallways of This Old House. As the rain soaks the ancient timbers, the guilt creeps in. I feel like a very poor custodian of this beautiful building. As we knew it would, the weather has turned against us and the builders have been seeking shelter in a few indoor projects elsewhere. Continue reading

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This Old House

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The back of the house showing the block work for the rear extension

Slowly but Surely

I suppose you could say that things are moving on slowly but surely at This Old House. Our builders (J.B Bentley & Sons) are experienced and capable. They are fairly patient with my continuous questions, my requests for updates and site visits that see me trampling over their newly laid block work. They politely tolerate my attempts at project management although they’d surely prefer me to go away and leave them to it.

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Demolition Days

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The first stage of demolition at the rear of the property

It has been an exciting month for Him, Me and Our Three. Amidst the preparations for a return to school, after four submissions, we finally received building control approval for our plans.

We are not thrilled with some of the conditions we have had to agree to.  The trickle vents in my beautiful hand-made wooden sash windows being the main compromise that is pushing me to the edge of sanity.

We are so excited though to finally begin work on This Old House. Before building comes demolition, of course, and there has certainly been plenty of that!

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New Arrivals

It has been a pretty hectic couple of weeks for Him, Me and Our Three. Not only have we cleared This Old House in order for the builders to finally begin, but we have also moved yet again and welcomed two very cute new members into our family.

As if I didn’t have enough on my plate already, I finally gave in under the weight of several years of pester power and agreed to get kittens.

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Buttons and Oreo

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Wasn’t July blooming marvellous?! If you are not in the UK and you are reading this, we had so many hot, dry days last month that we had to have a hosepipe ban.

People have been walking across an ancient walkway on the dry bed of Spelga Dam which is where about half the population of Northern Ireland usually gets their water supply from.

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Spelga Dam (photo credit Michael Uprichard)

Unfortunately for me all this good weather has not meant that that our building work is racing ahead. Almost a year after we bought ‘This Old House,’ we still haven’t started in earnest. Continue reading

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NOT QUITE SAFE AND SOUND

We Are In- Just About!

Well, we’re in! I’d love to say that we’re in safe and sound but, strictly speaking, that wouldn’t quite be true. After a two year search for the ideal property, a year of being ‘sale agreed’ before we finally moved and a long, cold winter where at one stage we stood and watched the snow falling through the roof onto the floor of what will be our bedroom, we are finally settled. It has been quite a journey thus far though. Continue reading

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