… and on the 7th day – we all had fun!

So we all had a happy, sunny Sunday together. I am very glad and very proud of my family.
So we all had a happy, sunny Sunday together. I am very glad and very proud of my family.
From left to right - Marleigh with Mummy, Nic, Uncle Dan with the smiley Matthew, Hannah with the shy (not really) Daisy, Gran with Madeleine (the Number 1 granddaughter)
From left to right – Marleigh with Mummy, Nic, Uncle Dan with the smiley Matthew, Hannah with the shy (not really) Daisy, Gran with Madeleine (the Number 1 granddaughter)
Grown ups doing boring talking and catching up stuff, sigh!
Grown ups doing boring talking and catching up stuff, sigh!
Grandchildren being jolly and not talking!
Grandchildren being jolly and not talking!
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Being a good sister – or just being bossed about?

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The rule is - if you can't get up there on your own you can't go up there. Must've been a breakdown in communication!
The rule is – if you can’t get up there on your own you can’t go up there. Must’ve been a breakdown in communication!
Uncle David would be so proud of you, Matthew. Following in your Mother's footsteps, I see.
Uncle David would be so proud of you, Matthew. Following in your Mother’s footsteps, I see.
Aunty Nic, Marleigh and Daisy stay very sensibly on the sidelines - such good girls.
Aunty Nic, Marleigh and Daisy stay very sensibly on the sidelines – such good girls.
So grown up and such a good Dad.
So grown up and such a good Dad.

Man a-loft!

Before.
Before.
After.
After.
Aaaagggh!
Aaaagggh!
Poor Chris - not exactly smelling of roses or any other type of flower. He had to pull down the ceiling in the hallway (previously above the original stairs) and get rid of all the rubbish, old lath and plaster, bricks and slate from the re-roofing job and general accumulated muck from several years of disuse.
Poor Chris – not exactly smelling of roses or any other type of flower. He had to pull down the ceiling in the hallway (previously above the original stairs) and get rid of all the rubbish, old lath and plaster, bricks and slate from the re-roofing job and general accumulated muck from several years of disuse. Fortunately we still have a working shower!

Windows and walls

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Notice one small window out (propped against the wall) and the space to the right of the door already bricked in by Ricky – unfortunately the day he was doing it was dreadful and he got rained on all day!
Ricky and Nick from Yewgrove Properties, Brigg.
Ricky and Nick from Yewgrove Properties, Brigg. We decided that we needed to employ a window firm to fit a new window whilst Chris was busy with other building work. Many hands …
Door out, acrows up, bricks in!
Door out, acrows up, bricks in! The weather was brilliant for the rest of the week fortunately.
Window in and looking good.
Window in and looking good. We were so impressed by Ricky who was so careful and meticulous with his brickwork – a real craftsman.
The outside is finished and looking good - job well done, Ricky. Thank you.
The outside is finished and looking good – job well done, Ricky. Thank you. Notice the pile of rubble – not to be wasted it will be used to fill the potholes in our road – the joys of an unadopted thoroughfare!
Inside the kitchen the work is not quite finished.
Inside the kitchen the work is not quite finished.
Window fitted, walls finished and I was able to move some cabinets back into the kitchen. This work is rather like a Merry go round with things being switched from space to space.
Window fitted, walls finished and I was able to move some cabinets back into the kitchen. This work is rather like a Merry go round with things being switched from space to space.
The removal of the door seems to have made the kitchen look bigger. It has certainly allowed us more work surface!
The removal of the door seems to have made the kitchen look bigger. It has certainly allowed us more work surface!
Not only was it challenging doing the brick work (matching the styles and type was tricky) but it was a feat of motoring to park the van in our small road!
Not only was it challenging doing the brick work (matching the styles and type was tricky) but it was a feat of motoring to park the van in our small road!
The side of our house and the window that we no longer need. I intend to make a temporary cold frame for the winter with this though!
The side of our house and the window that we no longer need. I intend to make a temporary cold frame for the winter with this though!
Inside the proposed sitting room the window has been bricked up and finished on the outside. We have made substantial progress this week.
Inside the proposed sitting room the window has been bricked up and finished on the outside. We have made substantial progress this week.

Answer: It’s a room! – just guest!

“That here wall has gotta go!”
Well, now it's gone!
Well, now it’s gone!
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Chris made sure that all stud walls were square by using Pythagoras Theorem! He always said that Maths was useful!
Now the room is appearing (the wall is on the hall side) – tight squeeze. This was where our original stairs were and they were narrow and steep.
Inside the 'guest' room. The door on the right is to access the room and the one on the left is for access to the wardrobe space and the en-suite!
Inside the ‘guest’ room. The door on the right is to access the room and the one on the left is for access to the wardrobe space and the en-suite!
More progress as Chris has now fitted the plasterboard to the internal wall and fitted the light switch.
More progress as Chris has now fitted the plasterboard to the internal wall and fitted the light switch.
Inside the 'guest' room. The door on the right is to access the room and the one on the left is for access to the wardrobe space and the en-suite!
Inside the ‘guest’ room. The door on the right is to access the room and the one on the left is for access to the wardrobe space and the en-suite!

Coffee morning at Green Lane – oh, and more bunting!

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Lovely Coffee Cake recipe from the Co-op giveaway booklet inspired me to run my first MacMillan Coffee Morning in North Lincs!
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Jamie Oliver Lemon Drizzle muffins (gluten free too) – quite delicious.
Edible donations from neighbours and family - scrumptious!
Edible donations from neighbours and family – scrumptious!
Now I have more work surface - fortunately in time for the coffee morning.
Now I have more work surface – fortunately in time for the coffee morning.
Cups - check. Cakes - check. Table - check. All ready to go now only the guests to arrive and make it go with a swing.
Cups – check. Cakes – check. Table – check. All ready to go now only the guests to arrive and make it go with a swing.
After a companionable couple of hours spent with generous neighbours and friends we raised a magnificent £60.00. Thank you.
After a companionable couple of hours spent with generous neighbours and friends we raised a magnificent £60.00. Thank you.
It was a busy week but I managed to squeeze in time to help my daughter, Hannah, clean up and decorate the library at school and make some bunting in house colours to cheer up the environment. What a good week!
It was a busy week but I managed to squeeze in time to help my daughter, Hannah, clean up and decorate the library at school and make some bunting in house colours to cheer up the environment. What a good week!

The Red Room demolished – 3rd bedroom on its way.

So it starts - this is the easy bit!
So it starts – this is the easy bit!
Stud - wall, not man!
Stud – wall, not man!
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Nice job – and challenging getting complete sheets of plasterboard up the stairs and into the new room! Talk about the Krypton Factor!
Plasterboard put up on the internal wall of the third bedroom.
Plasterboard put up on the internal wall of the third bedroom. Notice that Chris is clearing up after he has finished – I taught him that!
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AS part of our green initiative with this house we have insulated all external walls and when needed, the internal ones too. Great use of duct tape to hold the insulation in place, Chris.
Next challenge was to get more full sheets of plasterboard up the stairs and fixed to the stud wall - we did it though!
Next challenge was to get more full sheets of plasterboard up the stairs and fixed to the stud wall – we did it though!

A W H Davies moment – ‘time to stand and stare/stair’

Beautiful shot of new staircase with our new carpet.
Beautiful shot of new staircase with our new carpet.
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Chris obviously checking that I did sand down the stain in between coats. This is a lovely shade of stain by Ronseal called LavenderWood.
Nothing quite like the 'Leisure' of contemplating ones own handiwork. Notice I'm keeping the W H Davies theme going?
Nothing quite like the ‘Leisure’ of contemplating ones own handiwork. Notice I’m keeping the W H Davies theme going?
This view shows the newly opened space that had an open bookshelf previously.
This view shows the newly opened space that had an open bookshelf previously.
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Initial braces going in above the turn of the stairs – to create the floor of the cupboard space (glory hole!).
Chris has constructed a narrow but useful cupboard space that opens from the newly created third bedroom and extends over the stairs.
Chris is constructing a narrow but useful cupboard space that opens from the newly created third bedroom and extends over the stairs.
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Man on ledge – where’s Health and Safety?
Well it must be strong enough as Chris is now using it as a working platform!
Well it must be strong enough as Chris is now using it as a working platform!
Finished cupboard space as seen from the stairwell.
Finished cupboard space as seen from the stairwell.
Almost finished cupboard space interior.
Almost finished cupboard space interior – now I need to put in a hanging rail for winter clobber and a shelf for suitcases – sorted.