Month: July 2011

Use of colour

We had a night away at the lovely, Llys Meddyg in Newport, Pembrokeshire a couple of weeks ago. Fabulous weather in a picturesque place, a great meal and I really liked the use of colour and textures in the hotel. Take this as an example: From Travel Perhaps we should get a bit bolder with our use of colour? So far the barn is all white downstairs and off-white upstairs. But, it's so difficult chosing the exact shade that you want...
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Limewash recipe

The limewashed gable-end of the barn, done in October 2008 needs a bit of a touch-up so I've been looking for a 'recipe' for limewash. The builder who originally limewashed it for me used a bagged hydrated lime mixed with water in something like a 3/4:1 (75kg/100kg water:25kg lime) mix. But as I've still got half a dozen buckets of lime putty available, I thought I'd look for a putty based recipe. Over on the green building forum Gervase Webb kindly gives the following recipe: one bucket of putty to one and a half buckets of water and half a…
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Lots of befores…

I seem to have been uploading a lot of before pictures to my Picasa account recently - photographs of piles of soil, holes in the ground, unfinished interiors and unbuilt things. For most of these there's already an accompanying after, as I've at last been making progress and things are getting finished. Well, maybe not finished - I 'never' like to say 'never' and there's always some improvement to be made - but certainly things have changed. I'm guess I'm just not very good at photographing the after, I move on to the next thing as soon as I finish…
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Stoned!

I've moved two tonnes of 40mm clean stone over the last couple of days and bloody hard work it's been. The large 40mm stone has to be the hardest thing to shovel that I've ever worked with, small stone is definitely easier. The stone has gone into reestablishing the land drain that runs along the north gable-end and the back of the barn. The stone had to be shifted to get it out of the way for the soil that was delivered at the same time to be levelled and seeded to create a lawn between the two barns -…
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Building Progress ~ June 2011

The newly laid lawn is now thick, green and lush, like any overly hirsute youth with a green mop and the need for a good haircut. Shame my lawn mower is currently in pieces and won't start... I guess the strimmer will have to do. Pointing is pretty much done - my official announcementis here. I've completed boarding over / boxing in the eaves. I boarded over the gap with black painted plywood screwed to the weather board and wooden blocks that I inserted into the gap between the wall and the weather board. I then filled any large gaps…
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Woodworking Plans

When it comes to the barn, at the moment, the skill about which I know very little, but with which I plan to achieve much is woodworking. I have the following on my to-do list to be built: shelves under the stairs, book cases along the landing, a cabin bed and boxing-in in the second bedroom, a woodstore, a garden gate, some garden storage, planters and a shelter for the gas bottles. Each of these projects will require some pretty skillful woodworking if I'm to get the level of finish I aim for. In reality, I'll probably need to buy…
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Bench

In my ongoing search for garden inspiration, I spotted this wooden bench at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust site near Slimbridge, Gloucestershire. I'd previously been rather taken with the cob building at Slimbridge, building my own cob building being one of the key items on my 'to do when I've got the time' list. From Travel
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