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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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    January in pictures

    A monthly picture diary… :: Karl’s experiments with the alchemy of wood finishes : the drawer handles go on in the kitchen : deciding on a paint colour for the inside of the kitchen cupboards : lime plaster repairs in the entrance porch : it’s cold : homemade sticky orange delight for our breakfast : repairing the entrance porch :…

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    This embroidered picture has been hanging in the south porch for longer than we’ve been here. We have started to restore the interior of the porch so the picture was taken down. I turned it over  to reveal this wonderful Victorian label by the picture framer – along with one of our numerous spider residents! Image of the Week #111

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    Have been enjoying this view all week while painting ceilings and walls. Not used to an outside view! Image of the week #110

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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

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      Thankfully the sun is shining, it’s not raining and all is still and calm. There have been some quite terrifying moments this week where it just didn’t feel safe to be inside or out due to the extreme weather that we’ve all had to endure. The whole church seemed to be rattling and straining under the force of the…

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    And now inside the roof…

    Once the euphoria of the completion of the roofing works on the south aisle roof waned, it was time to motivate ourselves to get it insulated (to comply with building regulations) and actually get it finished from the inside. Over the years lime sarking had built up on the lath and plaster ceiling. Before insulating the roof, we decided it…

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    A little less leaky…

      You may of noticed rather a lot of scaffolding around the church during recent weeks. This was due to roofing works on the south aisle roof.  Ten years ago we inherited this job and we have continually patch repaired it to prevent the drip, drip sounds we have grown to dread. Inside the evidence of leaky roofs was increasingly…