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!

One thought on “Bride, Bricks, Battens and Building Inspector – update October 2015”

  1. Stephanie has managed to really capture the essence of the wedding – she didn’t mention the satnav problem – it took us to our destination but we failed to find the Wilfords; I think they were hiding behind the curtains.

    The building work is going along well now. Unfortunately I am working in the attic space and the filth and dust is truly horrific. Soon though, all the horrible stuff will be hidden behind a new stud wall – constructing that is my next task.

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