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    Up high

    Taking advantage of the scaffolding that is in place for the roof repairs we are having done at the moment, I was able to capture this unusual view. Note the new pointing (lime!) – its all getting fixed up slowly! Image of the Week #58

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    TEN years of Christ Church life!

    Today marks TEN years of being the proud, crazy, petrified, brave, naive, determined, eccentric and at times overwhelmed owners of Christ Church. And what an amazing decade it’s been… 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013… There have been TEN years of hard graft, laughter, researching, carrying, planning, sweeping, hammering, rearranging, sawing, digging, wheelbarrowing, scaffolding, scraping,…

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    Hold on tight and try not to look down!

    We erected a scaffold tower to complete some exterior works, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to get some high level shots of the church. However, at the top of the ladder I really didn’t fancy the idea of climbing any further on my own, so this is as high as I got! Not high enough for…

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    ‘Restoration couple sing from the same hymn sheet’

    ‘…a family who are doing a conversion of Biblical proportions’ The headlines of a feature about our efforts here at Christ Church in this week’s County Times, our local paper. We’re really pleased that Bronwen Jones, the County Times features reporter, happened to walk past recently and wondered what was going on here! I was quite nervous about having all…

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    Lime Wash… Round 2

    We have taken down the scaffold tower that has been in the corner of the gallery (our future bedroom) for the last year. Can now have a good view of a little finished corner of the house. Can also have a good view of my first attempt at lime washing. Generally I’m really pleased with the lime wash. I’m mixing…

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    Repointing

    This weekend was dedicated to doing some much needed repointing on the tower parapet wall. The top of the tower is the most exposed part of the building, getting the worst of the weather from all directions. Sons #1 and #2 worked very hard helping to carry all the equipment and buckets of lime mortar up to the top of…

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    Molded arches

    The tins of Yellow Drab and Indian Yellow, from Fired Earth have been cracked open… aaahhhh! Inspired by the yellows in the stained glass in the windows of the west end of the church (in what will be our bedroom), they have been used on the molded arches above each window. Extremely fiddly to paint, very tense! The wall has…

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    The Living Room progresses.

    Focus has shifted downstairs, now that Owen has settled into his room and the upstairs floor cleared to be filled with tower scaffolds for lime plastering. We had a festive ‘Partition Wall Erecting Party’ when Darren, Chris, Steve and Tim very kindly gave up a day (and a long one at that) of their Christmas holiday to create the main…

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    A little bit finished!

    Finally we have a finished room! Its all very exciting, especially for Owen who has vacated ‘The Hut’ and moved in! It took a while to do all the finishing touches like skirting boards, hanging and painting doors, but its all been worth it as we’re really pleased with the finished result. Its wonderful to see all our ideas come…

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    Back to plastering

    After a long delay, have finally got back into plastering mode. Need to put the lime finishing coat onto the original lime plaster. We had to scrape the original masonry paint off as the walls weren’t able to breathe and consequently the original lime final coat came off with the paint. The priority is to work on the wall of…