Half-term holiday?

More produce from the allotment. It looks as if I'll have to make more raspberry jam. The grapes are edible but a little on the tart side!
More produce from the allotment. It looks as if I’ll have to make more raspberry jam. The grapes are edible but a little on the tart side!
This may look insignificant but it is a new apple tree - Chris says it will revert to its original type - so Crab Apple here we come.
This may look insignificant but it is a new apple tree – Chris says it will revert to its original type – so Crab Apple here we come.
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The little and large pumpkins ready for Hallowe’en fun.
So, Daisy and I set about pumpkin carving - she really enjoyed the 'gloopy' bits! No wielding of knives though - Health and Safety, don't you know.
So, Daisy and I set about pumpkin carving – she really enjoyed the ‘gloopy’ bits! No wielding of knives though – Health and Safety, don’t you know.

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“I am helping”
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“Ready – battens and insulation up”
“Steady – plasterboard going up”
“Done” This is the front room downstairs and will eventually be the new sitting room. Behind the new insulation and plasterboard is the blocked up window. We hope to build a fireplace for the new wood burning stove on this wall.
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More raspberries – the freezer is now officially full of frozen fruit! Good to see beetroot, carrots and more ‘tart’ grapes – wine anyone?
More lovely potatoes from the allotment.
More lovely potatoes from the allotment. Chris is definitely taking this hunter/gatherer bit too far!
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Bless him, Matthew being cheery about the ‘performance’ – misguided loyalty I fear or an overabundance of good manners!
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“Not impressed hey, Madeleine” Both Madeleine and Matthew enjoyed the lantern making though. Daisy’s treat was the performance of ‘The Shoe Kangaroo’ but due to poor take up all the lantern-making crew were asked along to swell the numbers – I think it is clear what Madeleine thought.
Daisy's face tells it all - move over Mark Kermode, super critic on her way.
Daisy’s face tells it all “I’ve lost the will to live and by the way, where was the kangaroo?”
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New reinforcing rafter put in alongside the original roof rafter to provide extra strength for the weight of the Velux window.
Velux window frame and rafters reinforced as requested by Louise, the Building Inspector.
Velux window frame and rafters reinforced as requested by Louise, the Building Inspector.

Bride, Bricks, Battens and Building Inspector – update October 2015

Congratulations to Huw and Cath on their marriage on the 16th October 2015
Congratulations to Huw and Cath on their marriage on the 16th October 2015
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The service was conducted by the remarkable Reverend Lynn Hayler – a beautiful wedding service.
Standing on the threshold of their new life.
Standing on the threshold of their new life.
Congratulations and good luck to Mael and Kathy as their baby is due in January 2016.
Congratulations and good luck to Mael and Kathy as their baby is due in January 2016.
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The Wilford Family – present and future.
Beautiful bride and beautiful bridesmaids.
Beautiful bride and beautiful bridesmaids.
Wedding cake(s) made and decorated with love by Huw's Mum - Chris. Really lovely and so tasty too.
Wedding cake(s) made and decorated with love by Huw’s Mum – Chris. Really lovely and so tasty too. All the cakes carefully transported from Belfast to Bibury along with homegrown currants, blackberries and other delicious fruits with flowers picked from the garden. A confection of love and maternal inspiration.
Speeches - Mael really nailed the best man speech and it is worth noting that Rick led the Wilford men's charge with a warm and well balanced speech in church before reading the Seamus Heaney poem 'Scaffolding'
Speeches – Mael really nailed the best man speech and it is worth noting that Rick led the Wilford men’s charge with a warm and well balanced speech in church before reading the Seamus Heaney poem ‘Scaffolding’
The calm and relaxed ethos of the wedding continued into the reception with lovely people, great food and a wonderful setting.
The calm and relaxed ethos of the wedding continued into the reception with lovely people, great food and a wonderful setting.
The happy pair's first dance together as a married couple. We wish them a long and happy marriage and that this moment will mark that start.
The happy pair’s first dance together as a married couple. We wish them a long and happy marriage and that this moment will mark that start.
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Phew – looks like quite a big job. Oh well, best get on …
Back to the banal - following the lovely weekend in the Cotswold at a lovely wedding with lovely friends, we had to move along with the house build. Paul Jennison fitted the three lintels we needed to support this loadbearing wall and he kindly fitted us in on Monday 19th October.
Back to the banal – following the lovely weekend in the Cotswold at a lovely wedding with lovely friends, we had to move along with the house build. Paul Jennison fitted the three lintels we needed to support this loadbearing wall and he kindly fitted us in on Monday 19th October.
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Making sure that we know how much wall we have to remove – fairly critical!
Chris gets to work.
Chris gets to work. Redundant door lintel removed and the top two brick courses removed.
Meanwhile - for every brick that Chris hacked out, I carried downstairs 5 at a time and loaded into the wheelbarrow which I moved down to the bottom of the garden and piled neatly (of course). 60 bucket loads of bricks and 10 wheelbarrow loads - in excess of 450 kilograms of bricks removed, carried and 'barrowed! No wonder we were tired later.
Meanwhile – for every brick that Chris hacked out, I carried downstairs 5 at a time and loaded into the wheelbarrow which I moved down to the bottom of the garden and piled neatly (of course). 60 bucket loads of bricks and 10 wheelbarrow loads – in excess of 450 kilograms of bricks removed, carried and ‘barrowed! No wonder we were tired later.
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Almost there – getting pretty tired now.
Finished.
Finished.
Not a great addition to the garden but just some of the materials taken from the building work, ready to go to the tip.
Not a great addition to the garden but just some of the materials taken from the building work, ready to go to the tip.
Now that's what I call tidy! Whole bricks neatly stacked and half bricks as stacked as possible. Well worth the ten barrow-loads!
Now that’s what I call tidy! Whole bricks neatly stacked and half bricks as stacked as possible. Well worth the ten barrow-loads!
We had a visit from North Lincolnshire's very helpful Building Inspectors' Team. Louise was pleased with the work that had been done but asked us to reinforce the rafters beside the Velux window - see above, and to fit new openers on the upstairs windows. She made useful suggestions about fireproofing and insulation - all in hand now. WE were delighted that we did so well; it is very encouraging.
We had a visit from North Lincolnshire’s very helpful Building Inspectors’ Team. Louise was pleased with the work that had been done but asked us to reinforce the rafters beside the Velux window – see above, and to fit new openers on the upstairs windows. She made useful suggestions about fireproofing and insulation – all in hand now. We were delighted that we did so well; it is very encouraging.
LISTS! We have a lot to do before we see Mariery, James and David in 4 weeks and 3 days - so no pressure!
LISTS! We have a lot to do before we see Mariery, James and David in 4 weeks and 3 days – so no pressure!