Random start to the week. How has your's been?
Stoner Towers is now completely encased in scaffolding. It’s dark in here now 🙁
New roof though!
On the subject of trade parts going free, a mate in the pub came in and knowing that I’d just finished a plumbing course gave me two carrier bags straining at the handles under the weight of hundreds of copper and brass pipe fittings. He buys and sells vehicles at auction and a van had the bags left in them. He refused to take any money for them – weighed in they must be worth £30 but as fittings they’re worth £hundreds to me 🙂Posted 3 years agomcmoonterMember
I’m in the studio this morning and Callum phones. Peter, you are artist, could you use some picture frame moulding? Aye! Better bring your trailer.
Callum is a Harley riding, Verdi loving blacksmith that has bigpipes as his mobile ring tone. He wouldn’t take a penny for it but said this was a quarter if it. I’ve already filled one stable stall. I may need to revise a better storage solution.
Posted 3 years agowillardMember
Back at my desk after a weekend doing nice stuff, specifically buying lots of nice cheese on the Saturday and taking part in my first sportive on the Sunday.
Today, I ache. Not so much my legs (although my right glute is a bit tight), but my back and shoulders are sore. Nothing some more press-ups won’t cure I guess.
Oh, and the fence at home is now being repaired from the recent high winds.Posted 3 years agolemonysamMember
Got to work today to discover that I’d basically finished off my current project last week with a fortnight to go until it’s due but hadn’t really realised (I was very tired…). I’m now hoping no one finds out so I can string it out for a few days yet and then submit it “early”…Posted 3 years agonedrapierSubscriber
Absolutely knackered today. Yerning for bed since about 10am.
Had one of the least relaxing trips in Thames boating history. Taking a mate’s boat from a yard in Caverhsam to Kingston. Got as far as Cookham in 2 days. 16 tonne wooden crate with a turning circle twice the width of the Thames and no reverse gear.
Highlights inculde getting stuck on a sand bank within 1 minute of leaving. Rescued a capsised kayaker struggling to breathe in the cold, 4 decent crashes, one of them into the most expensive boat we saw all weekend. Rescued by 4 separate boats, ran out fuel, left a rope behind due to a chance of plan/knot mistake, nearly took the top of the boat off on a bridge trying to pass close enough for someone to chuck us the rope.
And that’s without the common or garden stress and calamity at every single lock. I think the longest period of stress free cruising was about 7 minutes.
Great fun in retrospect. Not sure if I might be busy next time he asks for help…Posted 3 years agoStonerSubscriber
footflaps – the conversion is new but we didnt do the roof as it was adequate at the time – we built the house underneath it. It was “re-roofed” by the farmer in 1995 so was weathertight but handmade tiles dont like being moved much as they take up a shape over the 100+yrs theyve been up there and dont go back down very well in untrained hands. So over the last 20 yrs around 10+ tiles a year slip or come off in the winds. We replaced a load but it’s only a stop gap. Originally tiles would be held on the lath by “torching” the nibs with lime mortar, having been removed and replaced over felt they werent re-torched so the combination of wind and broken tile nibs makes them susceptible to lift.
So treating the place to a completely new lid this time. New membrane, lath and tiles. Good for another 150yrs.Posted 3 years ago
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