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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy December 12th 2009

We're well into our first winter in the straw bail house (or at least I hope we're well into winter as Spring seems far away). So far so good, although the huge expanse of space in the centre of the house seems to take a lot of heating. Really we're just taking this opportunity to say Merry Christmas, wish you all the best for 2010, post some more photos and say thanks again. The house has turned into a warm, welcoming home and we couldn't have done it without you. If you are in the area do drop in. Merry Christmas and a Guid New Year from Willy and Wendy... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy September 30th 2009

I know our last entry was supposedly the final one but this blogging thing becomes addictive. Not a lot of change since our last entry, but lots of little things - we sold our other house and over a hectic week in late August moved our bits and bobs here so that it now feels like home. The tempo has dropped dramatically and I find that I can spend a couple of hours just looking out the window watching the changing light on the loch and hills, the changing colours of the leaves and the local birdlife. We've said goodbye to the martins so no more aerial displays each morning and evening. Socially things seem to be winding down for the winter, although there was another good party complete with spectacular bonfire last weekend for Ben's ... read more
The view from across the loch
Our living room

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy August 8th 2009

We've now come more or less to the end of the build. Several quotations come to mind but I'll restrict myself to - "what a long strange trip it's been". We started this a long time ago, seems like another lifetime and at last the end of the tunnel is definitely there. We had another housewarming come Golden Wedding celebration for Wendy's parents (plus family and a few friends (27 in all)) last weekend, the house again proving a pleasant venue for social soirees. The house itself is now down to finishing touches - painting and tiling, selection of fittings (spent an hour yesterday looking at curtains). I've added a few photos but this is really to thank everyone involved - without your help we wouldn't have got there,... read more
Living room
New kitchen table
Ben More and Stobinian from Tombreck beach

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy July 12th 2009

These photos show what's under the plaster and available for fixing blinds and curtains to ... read more
More west gable
even more west gable
back bedroom

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy July 5th 2009

This week was a "wow" week - Keith finished putting in the window cills and suddenly the house has taken a further leap from building site to house. The matter of colour schemes is getting out of hand, as we don't like the same colours, and now have about 7 different samples on the wall of the wee back bedroom - and we've rejected all of them. We have almost finished the bathroom - have a look at the pohoto, which cunningly disguises the fact that we only had a sample pot of the burgundy paint on the wall above the bath and that we ran out of tiles just beyond the washbasin. So there's a bit of tiling and a bit of painting to do - then we have one room totallly finished. Willy's been ... read more
This is a window cill
Kitchen window cills

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy June 29th 2009

A mark to anyone who recognised the Shakespeare quotation in the title: another mark to anyone who knows which play it's from. I've mis-used it a bit - the actual phrase is "And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel, and shining morning face, creeping like snail unwillingly to school". Progress on the house is creeping like snail. Most of the tasks that are left are fairly small and don't make that big a difference. I touched up some damaged paintwork on a window frame and although it did look better, it's not like the big "Wow" that we got when we achieved something like getting all the windows in in the first place. Progress continues though - Ewan's been busy while Willy had a week off to recover from his birthday and to try out ... read more
Meter cupboard - sanded and oiled
Window opener
Balcony with rails

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy June 25th 2009

Everything was gearing up for Tombreck's mid-summer bash Wendy and I (assisted as ever by Ewan) were rushing around trying to finish bits and bobs - tiling, painting, sanding, lime-washing and in between we managed to get back down to Linlithgow and pick up a hire van to bring up a few more bits of furniture (including a couch and futon). It was a bit hectic but we more or less got there by Friday evening when Rob (one of our first woofers) arrived with a friend Gudrun followed shortly thereafter by John Lyle. We all ended up at the farmhouse till the sma hours - not the best preparation for an all night party the following night (at least not when you're over 60! Saturday Wendy was up at the crack of dawn (not quite ... read more
Getting ready for the hungry hordes
Living room before the hordes arrived
Tuning up

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy June 17th 2009

While I was at work last week , the lip at the front of the house resulting from not pouring the screed deep enough was dealt with. One part has a slope and the other has a very nice edging board in Douglas Fir, which I sanded on Saturday morning. Window cills have been cut and shaped, though only two have been fitted and the wall lights have been mostly connected up. Ewan's made a wardrobe door, which matches the bedroom ceiling and looks fantastic. So far this week, we've started to tile the kitchen splashback and the splashback behind the kitchen sink and grouted the utility room tiles and the floor tiles beside the French doors.There's loads more tiling to go though. Ewan's made chunky Douglas Fir boxes for the living room wall and another ... read more
Utility room
Kitchen - partly tiled

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » West Lothian » Linlithgow June 7th 2009

The new house has reached a stage where it has all the necessary facilities and is comfortable to live in. In a couple of months, the floors will be sanded and sealed and then we can move our furniture. At that point, there will be no excuse for keeping the old house and it'll have to go. So if you know of anyone who wants a house that meets the following description, ask them to get in touch. It’s a brick-built ex-shale miner’s mid-terraced cottage built about 100 years ago, with a first floor attic conversion, which has fairly ugly dormer windows at roof level. It’s about half-way between Linlithgow and Kirkliston on a main bus route between Edinburgh, Linlithgow, Falkirk & Stirling, is well located for J2 of the M9 to Stirling and is surrounded ... read more
Soft fruit
Through the front porch

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy June 3rd 2009

After another week of painting, oiling and sanding, Ben arrived on Thursday and helped Ewan finish the ceiling in our bedroom. Ewan was off to the Outer Isles for a week so I headed down the road to help Wendy to subdue the garden and get it back to its more cultivated and comfortable best. After a week of TV and comfort, we went back to the new house for the weekend and brushed various finishing treatments onto various surfaces. Cara and June visited on Friday, so we had a restful evening, but the rest of the weekend was busy. The internal kitchen wall was painted yellow and the external walls were re-lime-washed to freshen them up after 6 months of building grime. The internal living room wallls were painted green and the external wall also ... read more
Millie the horse
Completing the bedroom ceiling
The last board goes in

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