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       ‘Brilliance’ Gently cleaning the stained glass in the Apse. (While standing precariously on a ledge, harnessed to a pillar, and concentrating very hard not to fall off. The slightly terrifying side of Christ Church Living!) It looks brilliant though! Image of the Week #173

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      Admiring the decorative detail of the Apse, while preparing to erect scaffolding and begin the internal restoration of this area (though leaving these panels and stonework well alone!). Image of the Week #172

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    October in pictures

      :: the beginnings of the inner porch : antique lighting goes up : preparing to work in the Living Room :: :: bringing in a new delivery of lime plaster : collecting wildflower seeds for the garden : electric installation in the Workshop :: :: stuff on the move again : removing old wiring in the Living Room :…

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    May in pictures

    :: a busy month for visitors to the church : we’d hoped our missing cat had returned, only to discover we’d mistaken his identity – oops! : designing our new website :: :: weeding the allotment : Karl securing a British land speed record : vegetable seed sowing :: :: fixing leaky downpipes : the outside of the wall in…

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    March in pictures

      A monthly picture diary. :: spending time in the garden : plasterers working on the House : outside time :: :: cleaning the oak in the kitchen : signs of spring : cutting back saplings :: :: finishing the entrance porch : the first butterfly spotted : cleaning a clerestory window ::

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    Restoration of the entrance porch

      For the past couple of months we have been restoring the entrance porch on the south side of the nave. If you follow our Facebook or Instagram page you will have seen this in progress and now we are very pleased to show it to you – all finished! Historically the entrance porch has been very prone to damp…

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    February in pictures

      :: ‘top coat’ lime plastering in the entrance porch : long plastering days : lime washing tools :: :: filling up the log shed : LOVE : garden clearing :: :: signs of spring : finishing touches to the entrance porch : preparing to launch our online shop :: We regularly post snaps of our restoration journey over on…

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    pointing the west end

      Over the bank holiday weekend we hired a cherry picker to point up and repair any loose stonework on the west end of the church. It was really good to get up close to areas that we’ve never accessed before, and to fill in all those holes! The cherry picker was perfect for this job as it reached surprisingly…

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      It’s been a hard weekend of pointing the west end wall – in the rain! We hired a cherry picker which has been perfect for the job if quite terrifying at times. A more in depth post to follow but for the Image of the Week a view of Welshpool we hope not to see again (for a while…

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    Up in the belfry there is a signature of possibly one of the original church builders. We spent the afternoon re-pointing the walls up there. It is so exposed that the mortar inside the walls gets washed away. There is evidence of a lot of previous re-pointing work up there. Image of the Week #82