Denise: Building work completed yesterday, with just guttering and downpipes to fix and a bit of trimming and tidying up to do (as you can see from photos). J applies a second coat of floor paint last night and this morning, when he went off to to the croft – I moved in! J still has some work to do on shelves and smaller tables, and there’s notices and pictures and endless refinements to make, but the ‘Temporary Studio at House’ sign has come down and so that seems to me pretty much like moving in to an almost-complete new house.
Denise: Grotty weather it is – a fine rain driven in from the sea by a bullying wind, everything sodden; and what chance is there of getting the woodstain on the cladding for the new studio to dry …. Aaagh! But the tourists – and yes there are plenty about, albeit mostly holed up in front of warm fires! – want something indoors to do, and just now two men (not my typical big-spending customers by any means – they usually come on their own only for eggs) came to the house and after browsing for a bit over our temporary display in the conservatory spent £130 on hand-woven scarves, hand-made greeting cards, and lemon curd and jam. Result!
Denise: Rapid progress with the new ‘studio’ over the past few days. The walls are up, roof on (but not the corrugated sheeting – not yet delivered) and (since this photo was taken) everything covered with the green breathable sheeting that seems to be indispensible to any building project these days. (Two rolls used – both left over from building Carrick two years ago!) At one point I was really worried about the height, but now we can see the whole thing in proportion, it looks just fine. When the windows frames are made J can order the glass for the windows.