Month: August 2011

After #1… The Yard between the Barns

Following on from my post about lots of befores , where I published pictures of locations before I started work on them, I thought some afters were in order. Here's the first... The Yard between the Barns BEFORE From Barn Conversion 2011 AFTER From Barn Conversion 2011 --
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SDS Max drill / breaker – bit removal

I hired a big SDS Max drill this weekend - really a breaker more than a drill. I'm fitting a juliet balcony to the old hay loft door (building reg's) and I wanted to get as large a drill as I could to ensure I could drill the 120+mm deep and 12mm wide holes in the very hard stone walls of the barn without too much trouble. So I hired this big boy... From Barn Conversion 2011 Took some searching to find a 12mm SDS Max masonry drill bit, but thankfully Toolstation came to the rescue with the one that…
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Autumn

With the weather expected to remain cool and overcast for the next 30 days, the melancholy of autumn may be coming early this year... You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintry light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person had died for no…
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Building Progress ~ July 2011

I got plenty of work done outside this month... ...The new lawn certainly takes some cutting, first a hack job with the strimmer then a slightly more 'styled' finish with a borrowed mower. ...Edging / retaining walls added around the north facing gable end and much of the garden side wall. I also cleaned out and re-established the land-drain that runs around these two sides and refilled it with 40mm clean stone (which is bloody hard work to shovel). ...I finished painting the windows at last, now all undercoated and finished with the final lightish sage / green. ...I've concreted…
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Brittany 2011

In June we spent a fantastic week in Brittany - Northern France is about as far as I fancy driving at the moment and flying has become such hard-work I frankly can't be bothered. From Travel The cottage we stayed in had an air source heat pump that provided domestic hot water and heating. I'd never seen one close up before so was very interested to see this one - and confirm the similarity in appearance between ASHP's and air conditioning units. I won't say it was noisy, but I'm sure I could pick up an almost inaudible hum from…
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