Have you been missing me? No? Phooey to you then! LOL
I've been MIA just lately.
As some of you know, we have been having our house knocked about, first of all with our gable end wall, which is all sorted and straight now. Phew! At least it will see us through many a winter from now on. It was debateable whether that wall would have seen through many more storms or snowfalls, but at least that is now sorted.
After that, it took the effing builders weeks, I say WEEEEEEEEKSS to get their arses round to doing the roof. We needed our old, and I mean VERY old tiles replaced, but it was undecided whether to have the whole front of the roof done, timbers and all, until the tiles came off. And at LAST they turned up this week to do just that.
Well, at first we thought the timbers looked fine, but on closer inspection the guy said no - they were CRAP and needed to be replaced too. THEN, while some of those timbers came off, it came to light that the whole underside of the roof was FECKED TOO. I mean totally gobsmackingly knackered - take a look -
LORD knows how this roof stayed up for over a hundred years, they did such a cobbled up job when they roofed ON TOP of the old thatch that was there originally - you can still see it here:
In effect, we have TWO roofs!! The original roof with old tree trunks for roof rafters, and then boards tacked to that with the old heather thatching. Then approx 100 years or so ago they re-roofed the thing on top of the original roof, by putting slats over the thatch, and then timber boards, and then some effing HUGE, thick tiles. Those tiles by the way totally fell apart as they were being removed, so they were DEFO in need of replacement.
Anyway, the short and the curlies of it is that the whole thing is now going to cost us ten grand!! HELP!!
On a happier(?) note we have had to do some redecorating because of the disruption and mess. First up was the kitchen, which was finished up just before I went on the crafty weekend last month. When I got back it was down to it again in the girls' bedroom, which I built a kind of wardrobe in - as yet to be finished properly, along with some fabric for a window dressing. I won't get to do that until the new windows go in upstairs following the roof rebuild. I'll take some photies when it's done.
Meantime, we got peed off waiting for Mr Builder to come and sort the inside out, so started to do it ourselves, and here is our work in progress (excuse the grafitii - hubby and kids!!))
This is the dining room, or it was. I had the compy in there, along with all my crafty stash which is now all boxed up and unavailable. This is why there isn't much coming out of my crafty corner just now.
All this extra work means I also haven't been doodling much recently. Blame the hubby being off work for that - slavedriver! LOL. Poor old fogey is suffering with his elbow (RSI me thinks) and his knee swollen up (rugby training), plus his never ending tiredness with sleep aopnia (spelling?).
Ah well, at least he knows how to use the washing machine and cooker while I'm sawing and drilling and hammering and painting and papering (sigh)
Jeez - this was only meant to be a quick update post - oooopps!! LOL
Catch ya later peeps - I do have a card to show you on Friday - see you then!