The Stables are also coming on. We are just finishing the insulation and have started to put the plaster boards on. We are having a big planning day on Sunday, Olly and I, and are going to go through everything that needs to be done and when. We are coming round to the conclusion that we will try and get it done by end of September, but if we don’t it doesn’t matter. We would rather we do it right and have a really great place at the end of it than rush to get in before winter and cut corners. I know I said I would never spend another winter in the main house without central heating, but for the sake of the long term and doing the Stables properly it is a price worth paying.
We also had our Conservation Officer here on Wednesday, along with a Structural Engineer. The Engineer is going to write a report about stabilising the main house which would be great, and from the noises he was making, I don’t think it’s going to be that bad. He did point out that we have wood worm in the main rafters, which obviously isn’t great news but doesn’t come as a great shock! Even my untrained eye could have told you that. It would be niaive of us to think that this house isn’t going to be one huge can of worms once we start work on it. We will discover so many things that we hadn’t anticipated on but I think we’ve just got to roll with the punches. We also talked about the Cow Byre with the Conservation Officer who is still adamant that we should renovate rather than rebuild. The Structural Engineer was saying that it was probably a rebuild which leaves us slap bang in the middle. If Building Control say it’s not fit for purpose and yet Conservation is saying we can’t rebuild the Cow Byre will just stay as is and fall down! No one wins! What a waste! I think what we will do is just let Conservation and Building Control fight it out between them. Otherwise we are just piggies in the middle and will get caught up and stressed with it all. Rather hand it over to them and see what happens!
All in all, a good week. Feeling more positive – got things done – and who else can say that in one day (yesterday) they scratched pigs tummys, blow dried some ducklings who got too wet, got splattered with concrete while trying to help lay foundations for a retaining wall and insulated a bathroom?! It’s all good…. And if it was easy, everyone would do it!
|Gloria, growing fast but still remains on my shoulder!|