Monthly Archives: May 2012

Almost there

Do not hold your breath but we really are almost there

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Back from the wedding

Hi, I am back. Yes back blogging and back home. I have been away for my daughter’s wedding. Well, the Hen Party first on the 15th where my son the ‘chief Bridesmaid’ arranged a nice piece of ‘Life Drawing’; and then the wedding on the 20th.

 Followed swiftly by a week of grandchildren sitting etc.
Unfortunately, while we were away there was almost no work done on the studio or the piggery, which was very disappointing. In fact the material for the new roof only arrived very late during the second week. Sadly at that stage my two gorgeous grandchildren kindly decided to test my nursing skills by getting a gastric bug, while their parents honeymooned in blissful ignorance of our plight. Consequently, any thought of my new studio was banished from my mind.
But I have been back out there today in the pouring rain finding out what has been going on.
Mad digger Andy has been testing out his brand new tax-deductible digger by removing all the excess soil from the back of the new studio. This involved the removal of one scraggy hawthorn tree –  so now we will have to have another massive bonfire.
Well as soon as it stops raining, that is.

Andy has also been busy at the front of the building digging a trench for the electricity cable. I can tell you truthfully , I now have to take my life in my hands every time I take  those men a cuppa. They kindly put down a plank for me, so that I could cross the trench. When I stepped on one end the other end flew up and almost bopped me on the nose.

Still I ventured across and got got pictures of the new roof and the inside work on the studio.

Oh and the compressor room now has a new door – well not new so much as one of the old stable doors has been moved and the hole filled in ready for a window.

All exciting stuff, really.

Sadly, my use of the old bath as a ‘beginners vegetable garden’ has been a bit of a wash out.

I have to come up with a name for my new studio. Anyone got any ideas?

See you tomorrow.


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Day 4

Rebirthing day 4 has come and gone. Not a lot happened today.

The walls are up in my compressor room and a lot of earth has been dug out from behind the stables to get it down below floor level. Andy and I are thinking that this area must have been used as a general dumping area when the house was being saved from dereliction. There is so much top spoil, and building rubbish there.
If anyone wants any topsoil or hard core we currently have a Himalayan mountain range in our field – just begging to be taken away. I know our local friendly farmer (ex .dom magnate) is threatening to come and take some of it to fill in his mine shaft holes – but I bet even
he cannot use this lot.
The bright side is that the diggers have really churned up the patch of ground that I have been eyeing for a future vegetable plot. This is actualy good news, because this plot is a massive bracken area. Poor Molly (our daughter’s border terrior) got lost in there last summer chasing rabbits and we were worried we might not see her again. Anyway I have never has to deal with bracken before and I hear it is a nightmare to eradicate. I have had a go myself at that and the thousand foot long bramble branches, and had worked out that clearing this site by hand was probably going to take me a good two weeks of fairly solid back-breaking work. Ho Hum. Well at least it has been done for me now – even though it does not look too pretty.
The bad news is that there has been a delay on the delivery of the roofing material for the new studio. About a week they think.
Suddenly there I was facing Andy saying he could really do with starting on the piggery roof next week instead of standing idle. Sods law has been at work here of course . We had spent some time moving everything out of the stables and cramming it into the piggery. Now suddenly everything had to come out of the piggery and go where….Aaaaahhhhh help. Yes you guessed it straight into my nice neat garage (read temporary studio). So poor temporary studio is no more. If you turn sideways you might just squeeze in there – but you will be hard pressed to find any glass or kilns – or anything really.
I guess it took two builders, Roger and I about three hours to clear the piggery. Not too bad – ah yes, but what you do not yet know is that we had already allocated the day as a furniture moving day. Our bedroom has just been finished and decorated and we had to locate the furniture from the far reaches of our house and put it all back. But that was not the end of it. We had to then move furniture from two others rooms into our bedroom so that the builders and decorator can move in there next week. So we spent the morning moving furniture and the afternoon relocating stuff from the piggery either to the garage or the bon-fire.
Why all the urgency. Ah yes, well we are off tommorrow to London. I have my daughter’s Hen party to attend on Sunday and her wedding to attend on Friday. Then a week of babysitting. I must remember to tell her that people normally have children after they get married, not before. But then again it is really too late, isnt it?
Any way, I can hear you all groaning – what piggery?
The piggery is a quaint little white stone building that greets you as you enter our property. Could be mistaken for a garage. I did have my eye on it as a studio but it turned out to be rather expensive to do the work needed – hence the stables. But now we realise that the roof (asbestos – ugh) has to be replaced before it collapses through all those rotten roof timbers. We have asked Andy to get on and do this and take out one or two of the internal walls at the same time. I think I might grab this as a gallery space for all that beautiful glass art I am going to make in the not too distanct future. tee hee.
Ok, now I have to go and lie down as my back is hurting from all that furniture and stuff moving, and all this sitting at the computer.
Please leave me comments, so I know you are there.
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Day 3

Hi there,

Here I am now on day 3 of the magical transformation of stable to glass artists studio.
Things have moved along a bit with that very heavy lintel now firmly fixed in place and cemented in. I guess those poles holding up the roof have to stay there until the cement is dry.
Nothing much of excitement happened inside today. The walls were washed with some sort of chemical to get rid of the fungi, growths and whatever else has been living in there. Then they were scrubbed for good measure. After that they were doused in the much acclaimed ‘thoroughseal’ to act as a damp membrane (I may not have this name correct – so do not go rushing off to buy this stuff). Nasty smelly stuff – gets down in your throat which is not good for a girl just getting over a chest and throat infection.
Ok, an aside here – does anyone know how I get the text to scroll around my writing as I seem to have a lot of annoying white space here?
Since I am asiding – here is another. I managed to swim this morning for the first time in a week. Almost the first time I have missed a swim since we moved here. I only managed 20 lenghts though as my chest is still not that healthy. Ho hum, perhaps I can do 50 lengths tommorrow.
Back to the magical world of studio building. Today Andy (my friendly glass-loving builder) started the new lean-to build. I have to keep my eye on him as he keeps wandering into my garage (read garage as temporary studio), picking up pieces of glass and telling me how much he likes that particular piece. I actually gave him a piece today for free – I must be going soft. Or perhaps the Benylin has addled my brain!
This structure is not so much a lean-to, more a little brick hut to house my monsterous compressor and sand-blaster.
At least I hope it will act as a sand-blaster. I actually bought a shot-blaster without realising the difference. Anyway, if any one knows about these things please throw me a few hints on how to change a shot blaster into a sand-blaster. I suspect it is merely a case of using grit rather than glass balls and using a different nozzle/gun. Help would be appreciated.
As you can see Andy is a happy chappy – thats because I ply him with cups of tea every hour or so + loads of sugar.
Thanks to those who have left comments so far. Please feel free to leave comments for me so that I know I am not just communicating with fresh-air. Also please do participate if you know the answer to any of my questions – or know someone who does.
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