Archive for September, 2014

Turning the garden into a builder’s yard

Our builders have been hard at work, and the back garden is rapidly turning into a builder’s yards.  We have piles of wall blocks, insulation, scalpings, cement, and sand, along with scaffold planks and pipes.

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They have had to dig up the back lawn to lay drainage pipes and there are piles of earth everywhere.

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However they are making progress on building the kitchen.  This was yesterday:

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And by the end of  today they were 3 blocks high.

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All the spoil from digging out for the foundations has been taken down to the woods and made into a road so now we have decent access to the woods.

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I would recommend these builders. There are 3 or 4 of them here everyday and they really get on with the job.  It’s great to see the difference every day and know that I am one step closer to my dream kitchen.

Want to see what’s going on for yourself?  Visit us at http://www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

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Digging up the dirt!

Our builders have been busy taking lots of earth out of the floor of the pump room and the footings for our new kitchen.  It is interesting to see the layers of strata, topsoil on top and clay underneath.

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After digging down this far they had more to dig out for the foundations of the new kitchen.  They have been taking the spoil away and laying it down as a path in our woods for us.

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Today they have been laying down the pipes for drainage.

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Tomorrow they will be laying down the concrete for the footings in the gaps.

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Today we had 8 tons of ballast delivered along with quite a few bags of cement for them to mix the concrete.

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In the meantime we just go about our normal jobs whilst watching what is going on outside all day.

Come and see our renovations for yourself at http://www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

 

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Free-bees and honey too!

Neil is a swarm contact for the Taunton Beekeepers and last week he took a phone call from a lady in Wambrook near Chard, who said she had a hive of bees she wanted to get rid of.  They had belonged to her Father in Law and he had become indisposed and was no longer able to care for them.  They were near the house and her daughter was afraid to go into the garden because of them.  So Neil duly went over to investigate and what he found was a strong hive of bees and a super full of frames of honey.  It was really heavy so he brought back the super first and then went back for the brood box and then put the hive back together down by our woods.

Next he put an excluder on so the bees could vacate the honey rich super but not get back in.  Then in the evening he went down to remove the honey heavy frames and bring them up to the house.

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Yesterday we extracted the honey from the frames.  First Neil uncapped the frames.

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Then we put 2 frames at a time into the honey spinner, where centrifugal force means the honey is flung out of the frames into the spinner.  Neil put a drill on the handle to get it to spin faster than if we turned it by hand.

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We then opened the tap at the bottom and let the honey flow out through a sieve to catch any wax and into a honey bucket.

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Of course we got a bit sticky in the process and had to keep licking our fingers!!!  Mmmm – delicious.

The cappings we put into a strainer bag and let the honey from them drip through.

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The last job was to pour the strained honey into jars.  We just did a few today, and gave a jar each to our 2 neighbours and one to a friend. We shall take a jar to the lady who gave us the bees.  I’m not sure we will have loads of it but it is gorgeous and viscous and quite dark and of course to us it was free!

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