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Dry January

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The scaffolding is up at This Old House

Dry February

It’s getting exciting (and terrifying) at This Old House this month. The weather has been extraordinarily kind over the winter months and the builders have finished the bulk of the building work. Just as the rain and snow finally arrives, the scaffolding has gone up and work is about to commence on taking the roof off the rest of the house. Never mind dry January, I’m praying for a dry February!

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Christmas Past

Christmas Past

So Christmas is now a distant memory and it wasn’t quite what I pictured this time last year. When we bought This Old House, I had envisaged that by December 2018, work would be complete. I saw myself carving the turkey in our dining room with the scent of a real tree in my nostrils as the soft winter light poured through our beautifully restored stained glass windows.

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One of the stained glass windows in our house

Well…. maybe next year.

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Rain, Hail and Shine

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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Slowly But Surely

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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

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

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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Another Move!

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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