Archive for August, 2014

Going, going, gone!!

As part of the renovation works the builders have had to demolish the existing utility room, which was badly built without insulation and therefore was very cold.  This is to make way for the new kitchen.

So this is what it looked like once we had emptied it.


And then they started pulling it apart, starting with the roof.


They took a sledge hammer to the walls and they started to come down next.


Lastly they took a percussion drill to the floor to break up the concrete and then we were left with a big empty space outside the kitchen door.


Inside the pump room they have been putting in footings, a little at a time.


As they dug down you could clearly see the outline of the well.


Once they have finished underpinning the walls they can start digging out the floor level.  They have been here 2 weeks now and certainly work hard.  They are a good team and are here from 8.00am to 5.00pm every day.  Its exciting to see the progress they make every day.

The B&B remains open whilst the building works are going on as it is in a completely separate part of the house.  Look us up at

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Starting the renovation works

It feels like we have been waiting a long time for the builders to start the renovation works.  We have a derelict third of the house known as the Pump Room as it holds a well and a Georgian pump in there.  It is 3 storey’s and has stood still in that state for many years.  There is no electricity or water to that side of the house .  It is thought the ground floor of the pump room was where the neighbours would come to draw water from all 3 houses here and that the top level was a “Penny School”.

The builders started by shoring up the ceilings and knocking out the closed up windows in the front.  This house dates back to 1760 and is full of quirks and nooks and crannies, no walls being straight or ceilings level.

DSC06970Yesterday the builders proceeded to take down all the ceiling and floor timbers, all of which were ancient and not sawn timbers but just tree trunks.  We are keeping the best ones to put back as decoration but will need all new timbers for strength,  It is uncanny to look at the pump house without any ceilings or floors.


It’s just a vast shell now and you can see where there are openings and spaces and where the walls aren’t level.


The very top of the roof timbers are interesting and we are wondering if we will be able to keep them exposed once they have done all the insulation.

The builders found an old table and a Victorian fire surround up there.


There was also a large collection of empty bottles but unfortunately nothing of any consequence.


It’s sort of eerie looking up into the building now exposing it’s secret doors and openings.


It’s so exciting now the work has started to see how they will fix things as they go along.  We are having a snug lounge downstairs with the well as a feature, a downstairs loo under the stair case which will lead up the first floor bedroom and en suite bathroom, and then the stairs lead up again to the second floor for another bedroom and bathroom, which we are hoping will be big enough for a family room.

So watch this space for regular updates on the renovation work.

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Flighty hen meets her end

The only hen that we hatched last year (rather than cockerels) was a beautiful bird but a bit flighty.  Several times she jumped out of the hen run.  The other morning I found her running round the outside of the perimeter of the hen run and Neil and I managed to capture her and I clipped her wings again.

Then yesterday Neil went down early morning to let the hens out and told me she was missing.  We searched amongst the fruit bushes and trees outside the hen run, but then we spotted a big pile of feathers by the monkey puzzle tree.  Upon examining them we recognised the pattern on the feathers and that was the end of flighty  hen.  She must have got out again and met a fox or other creature in the night and that was the end of her. Such a shame as she was a lovely looking bird and laid a white egg nearly every day.

In the picture she is the one on the left hand side at the back.


So now we have one hen less, what a shame.

Mind you we still have lovely fresh eggs for breakfast from our other hens.

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