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20th March 2007


What a wonderful time of year, evenings are getting brighter flowers have started to bloom, birds are starting to think about nesting. There is a hint of summer as the odd burst of sunshine brings heat to the land. But we are now in a cold snap with snow and hail showers a plenty..thoughts of the beautiful beaches of france ...and the bread ..hmmm


The weather has changed and it's time to move back indoors bits and pieces to finish, plastering, window reveals, painting....










Picture gallery of some finishing touches inside and out.
































Working with the weather gives us the opportunity to put some finishing touches inside. The kitchen is taking on a really homely cosy feel. We got these sycamore window boards from a sawmill in Leitrim, and have left them in their natural state. We may tile the back of the range.

Hall/ Front room


We have chosen heritage colours. Green for the front room which we will use for music, meditation, relaxation, etc. It is a bright room with windows to the southwest and northwest. We hope to make a surround for the fireplace using bogoak. A soft yellow on the walls throughout the rest of the house, with old blue on the doorframes and dado rails, and green on the doors.


27th March

As the weather has been so dry, our neighbouring farmer is planning to put his cattle back onto the land after the long winter. We have been parking on the lane but now need to get out of his way. So all three machines come into use, the digger to clear the way, the tractor and trailer to bring gravel and the little one with the mixer to make the job easier. 











With the continued good weather and dry ground we got the gate to the lower entrance in position. As we will soon be ready for stone for the lane and yard, the top road gate will be time enough after lorries have made their deliveries. As usual Molly is on hand to inspect the finished work


























31st March

It's time for a break to relax in the sun, so on the return journey from the Ballyboughil ceili we stop off to pick up the Tigin and head for the beach for the weekend. Neither a cloud nor a person in sight. We took sun in the shelter of the dunes and tested out the water for the first time this year (not bad). These beautiful viola's were nestling comfortably in the heat of the sun, while Ben Bulbin kept a close watch over all.






Not sure if this is a finishing touch or not, but it's got to go.. It blocks light from the kitchen, and is made up of two rooms neither one is big enough to be useful. It took hours of pain staking sledge hammering, with breaks of days in between. Would it bring down the back wall ?the flat roof is cast in one piece, there was no turning back now. As it was tied into the back wall it seemed like the kitchen window would cave in, but with careful attention all remains intact.



It looks better already as it disappears a piece at a time. It wasn't any addition to the look or function of the house.


November '07



The weather has been mighty, so we are taking full advantage and have started to replace the old with the new. Winter may be lurking just around the corner and shelter from the elements is our priority.

While the back faces south we are vulnerable to winds from the east and west



The blocks are laid , the sils are cast and set. The wooden window frames are prepared and then erected. This mahogany timber has been lying in wait for about 13yrs, waiting... to be noticed for it's endurance and beauty it's time is now... the blocks too were over from a project in progress elsewhere ( more later), slates too are waiting. We ordered the door last year when with the front door so it has been in the shed also waiting. The only expense now will be glass and cedar for above the windows.

The roof is felted and batoned and the door is secured into position. Already there is a notable difference to the heat within.

We got the cedar from a small sawmill near Mohill, it seals the top before the slates go on.


The glass is ready after just two days wait, so no time is wasted getting them in, it is a race against the light as darkness is fast approaching and the evening chill can be felt on the fingertips.



December 1st 2007

Oh to have a little house.......All is ready now to plaster but alas the weather has broken and the rain has arrived, it is a waiting game now.

There is lots to be done indoors, where do we begin ?






The rain has encouraged us to put some finishing touches indoors.

First it's the bathroom sink, the bath has been installed for some time now. It is a wonderful double ended slipper bath with outside taps. The sink is a good match which we have mounted onto a wooden unit.

We have put wainscotting on two walls which we put a coat of natural breathable paint onto.

A nice shelf or two and some candles, "bathtime guardians" and it's transformed.



The cedar man Paul, has made us a gift of a beautiful piece of ewe and oak. We explained that we had plans for a feature above the bath. "He says that there is nothing wrong with a bath except that you have to get wet"

We are using a piece of copper between the bath and the wood, but there are ideas still forming.... ( a painting..sea weed etc.)

Watch this space !!!!







The absense of furniture is very benificial to the tranquility and energy within.

The radiators are working a treat, and look like they have been there forever. The colour blends well here in the meditation room.

There is light from the northwest and southwest and this gives a feeling of light and calming space in which to meditate.














we plan to  have put some slates under the range. Also a mosaic featue at the back of the sink would be functional and add colour...another days work



The new porch is a huge addition not just to the heat of the kitchen but it also adds light as we were able to replace the solid back door with a glass panelled one.

It is time to insulate and seal over the windows and door. A cold snap has arrived.

We are now ready and waiting for the big man in RED.

We have been sooo good !



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