Another days work should see the last of the plinth laid and levels set. Some of the plinth lengths have weighed in at 4-500lbs and moving and placing them by hand has been shall we say interesting....we all appreciate our steel toecap foot ware this week.
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Friday, 10 May 2013
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
Much has been written about the effects of the Nazi blitz on London back in the early days of WW11 but because of the importance of London the devastating May blitz on Liverpool has gone sadly under reported. 73 years ago my mother as a young girl spent night after night hiding beneath the stairs in the family home or sheltering in the air raid shelter dug into the back yard. My home city suffered much physical damage (some still visible) and a great loss of life. My mums stories of unexploded bombs in neighbouring gardens and seeing bodies lying against walls apparently untouched yet dead from blast effects make any of my present day problems seem trivial by comparison. My grandfather worked right through the blitz in Liverpool's dockland, the veritable eye of the storm and yet never missed a days work regardless of danger even spending his spare time on the dockland power stations roof fire watching and extinguishing incendiaries......a tough people and a tough city.
Friday, 3 May 2013
We had our first decent spell of weather for what seems like a year or more and so all hands (large and small) turned to the digging and barrowing for the footings. After the usual palaver with the building control officer we should get the concrete poured today...jobs a good un!
Monday, 29 April 2013
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
I could have done with St Georges help today trying to keep my three little chinglish kiddies still for a pic, topping a dragon would have been a doddle by comparison. Anyway,enjoy, celebrate and for once be proud to be English on this our patron saints day.
Friday, 12 April 2013
As you can see I have been practising my negligible artistic skills again in preparation for starting the bothy rebuild. When starting a project I have difficulty expressing verbally or visually just what I intend to see coming out of the ground much to the exasperation of everybody involved in the build process. The architect has the unenviable job of translating my gibberish into working plans for PP, plans that during the build I'm wont to change daily because I've just had another bright idea! The building control officer views me pretty much as a vegan faced with a 16 oz porterhouse, but I find the whole process including the battles with officialdom rather fun....it's amazing what you can come up with over breakfast with a scrap of paper and a biro.
Monday, 8 April 2013
Thursday, 4 April 2013
Out with the old and in with the new! The old Bothy is now palleted up and waiting to start life on the other side of the village. The new stone has been delivered (my version of flat pack) from the quarry with the first quoins already off the saw and being tooled ready for delivery with the last pic showing the excess stone being bolstered to create rebates on the reverse of the quoins... and off we go,.happy days!
Saturday, 30 March 2013
My little girls decided to treat me today as they have been very concerned about my welfare as they can't understand why anybody would subject themselves to a Lenten fast.....who gives up chocolate? rice krispie chocolate nests topped with cadburys mini eggs seemed to the girls to be a suitable reward for my Catholic endeavours...God bless them.