Sunday, 29 August 2010


The plum tree is a Mirabelle Yellowgage - very sweet and juicy and just ripe for picking at the moment!


Decided we're sciving today, but don't tell anyone.

Going to wear normal clothes AND blow dry my hair! Woo hoo!

All Bricked Up

We did it.

Thursday 26th August marked the day the last brick was stuck on our house.

We're so pleased to have reached such a huge milestone in the build, if absolutely shattered and with aching legs!

Now the pointing begins, and there is a lot of pointing to do. But, we'll get there.

We also had a huge clear up on Friday and the house is now spotless (or as spotless as a building site can be!) and actually looks like a house again.

Electrics and plumbing will now also be completed ready for the next sign off.

Back to the day jobs on Tuesday!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010


Started on the plot at 7.30am.

Decided that was it for the day at 6.30pm.

Four and a half walls bricked.

Now drinking wine.

Enough said.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Garden Surprises!

We have made two exciting discoveries in the last two days.

First there is a Blackberry bush laden with berries, I have already picked a pound and hope to pick more to make jam with.

We have also found a small tree with what we think are plums, or they could be damsons. I have picked a leaf and some fruit so we can try and identify.

What will we find tomorrow.....?

Sunday, 22 August 2010

The Photos So Far

Here they are, long awaited photos of our progress so far.

We have about a quarter of the house left to stick bricks on, and then half the house needs to be pointed.

On Friday we discovered that we were 14m of metal base plate short. The is something that Eurobrick supplies as part of the system, so a quick call to them and we will get more delivered tomorrow. This shouldn't hold us up and we're glad we discovered this now rather than next weekend!

Yesterday was spent cutting more bricks to complete the house. 32 bricks from the end, the brick cutter broke (again!) so another one is also being delivered tomorrow.

We have discovered a new European mountain this week, the newly-formed 'Twin Peaks of Polystyrene'. These are all the empties that the bricks have come in. We're getting rid of them next week so will have a garage again.

Right, mustn't get cold, back to it!

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Rain Stopped Play

Just a quick note to say that photos are on the way as promised. We only just finished before the rain came down about 3.30pm and I didn't manage to take photos. I will do tomorrow and post them on here.

A good day today on two counts; bricking done to the middle of the dining room doors AND we found a blackberry bush in the garden laden with berries!

More tomorrow if we haven't been washed away by then!

Sunday, 15 August 2010

On Holiday! (Well - ish)

No, this isn't a real photo of where we are!

We now have two weeks off work to concentrate on finishing the bricking and have a jolly good tidy up! Please keep your fingers crossed that the weather is dry, or we could be back to our 'day jobs' by Wednesday! We also want to try and get the windows and doors stained both inside and out.

I think this is only our third or fouth stretch of holiday we have taken since we started just over a year ago so we've not done bad really have we?

If we can get the bricking done, or almost done, then we'll be on to inside work finishing the plumbing and electrics and then it's our next inspection which is pre-plasterboard.

Photos of progress will follow.