Sunday, 26 October 2008

More Floor

Hi folks! As you can see we are just about ready to start laying the floor in the Love Shack. Its all cleared out, the underlay is down, and Richard kindly returned my chop saw yesterday. All systems go!

Thursday, 23 October 2008

More Love

Today I finished the front side of the large removable panel. This is it in a state of non-removedness. The gap on the right will be filled with a non-removable panel. I've also been working on some integral shelves for the Love Shack of which more soon.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Love Shack Action!

Action stations in the Love Shack. I've started making the removable and non-removable sections of the panel which will extend right across the gap, offering privacy to all Love Shack guests in the future for whatever hot lovin' they want to get up to. The removable section of panel is so that we can get larger objects (such as a mattress) up and down which won't fit through the hatch.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Wood in the Hole

Another hiatus with work, and absolutely gorgeous October weather, what else could I do but get outside, trim the door, give it a couple of coats of varnish, fit all the knobs and hinges....

...and hang it so that the modesty of anyone using the shower room for whatever purpose is now fully protected.

Thursday, 9 October 2008


Sorry to report the amazing Osprey is now a late Osprey.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Something unusual...

... And nothing whatever to do with renovating a house. But I had to put this picture up. I found this chap yesterday, sitting at the bottom of a field on farmland near the house when I was walking the dog. It clearly couldn't fly and the weather was horrible, so I thought I'd better do something by way of animal rescue type stuff. I stood for a while admiring the many razor-sharp points on most of its extremities and decided the best course of action was to drop my coat over it and try to pick it up and get it home. To my relief, that worked perfectly. And to my further relief, it didn't go to the toilet during the 20 minute walk home. Not something you'd want in your coat I'd imagine. I managed to confine it at the end of our shed and we put down some water and raw mince, which it politely refused. Today we took it to the RSPCA animal rescue centre at West Hatch in Somerset where they identified it as a juvenile Osprey, which had obviously got into trouble on its first migration from Sweden to Africa, ending up in a muddy field in Devon.

I will certainly be following up on its progress, and if all goes well, we'll be invited along to its release back into the wild whenever that happens. I'll keep you posted on any news.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008


I forgot to tell you... The plumbers were in last week installing pipework, manifold, pump, thermostat and such in order to connect the under-floor heating in the new studio to the main central heating system. So I will be warm and snuggly all winter. At least I will be when the plumbers have been back and made some more improvements to the system... Something about needing a sealed system to stop the under-floor nicking the heat from the rest of the house. It will cost a bomb, no doubt, so I ask myself: Is it really such a bad thing if those who dwell in the rest of the house need to don an extra jumper or two?