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Quick Diary


1997

 

August

Eureka – we found the chapel and our Building Design Consultant!

The Old Chapel

October

Purchase completed

November-December

Drawing up plans

Groundfloor Plan

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1998

 

January-March

Planning application being considered …

April

… and finally granted

May-June

Obtaining estimates

October

Work finally starts

November

The borehole is sunk

Sinking the borehole

December

The drains are dug, some new foundations created …

The drainsMain drains and garage foundations

 

… a whole lot of new holes appear in the walls

East wall

 

Back 'door'West wall 'window'

 

… and the new upper floor goes into the chapel

Chapel upper floor viewed from below

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1999

 

January

The 'calm' before

Nick Salt in the mudNick Salt traverses our Dernol 'battlefield' – this, we have recently learned, was called by the ancients, "The Field of Blood"…

February

the 'storm' (most of the valley underwater), followed by the 'Moment of Truth'

The driveway… but the driveway goes down anyway

March

We put Plan 'B' in hand … and the first first of many scheduled moving-in dates passes without incident …

Cottage upper floorWell, let's be honest, the master bedroom and en suite facilities are not looking too good yet, are they?

 

Chapel upper floor… and you'd have to say that, at this stage, the Chapel first floor 'studio' needs more work?

April

The second moving-in date passes

James with Austin Lewis… but the client and main contractor are still friends

 

The garage seen from next door… and the garage is taking shape – is this the best decision we made?

May

Underfloor heating goes into the ground floor and radiators on the upper floor … just don't ask about moving-in dates, though, OK!

Underfloor heating (ground floor)Mike Jerman installing the heating system on the upper floor

June

Swallows are already nesting in the new garage … and we have more or less all our windows. Everyone is working flat out to complete the installation of the electrics and plumbing …

New windows on the west sideNew north window

 

Chapel main doorway… but there still seems to be a lot to do, doesn't there? And that's only before you know we still have no main staircase yet!

July

Inside the dry-lining and insulation are complete, even some of the plastering is underway and the floor tiles have been laid in the cottage

Upper floor studioFloor tiles

 

Outside the new bargeboards and 'conservatory' are in place

The new bargeboad goes upThe nice gentleman in the hard hat is the local Health & Safety inspector here to see fair play

August

Now all the glazing is in and the oil tank is not only in place, but also filled; the outside lighting is up and we even have some fencing and a garden gate. The water is pumping to clean the system and the phone lines are promised, but the television satellite dish (we receive no analogue signal here) may take a little longer …

View  from the upper floor towards the south-east

September

Don't look now, but the mega-move has taken place and we seem to be finally in!

The kitchen windowThe conservatoryThe kitchen sink (left) and the 'conservatory' (right) … and yes, that bucket is there to catch a leak!

 

Apart from settling in, we are sealing the new woodwork and realising we need to move swiftly onto 'Phase 2' – the lime mortar pointing of especially the west wall, which turns out to resemble a gruyère cheese on a bad day and lets in the wind accordingly

October

Give us a break, OK!

November

Don't ask!

December

Suddenly it is winter – and rather special, too

Looking through one of the north windowsDawn looking towards the south-east

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2000

 

February-March

The big slates for the chapel ground floor finally arrive from China (would you believe?) and lime mortar pointing begins – on the west side.

The chimney stack (left) and the kitchen window (right) are shown here during the work

Cottage (west side) being pointedChris James pointing around the kitchen window  on the west side

 

… and afterwards

Cottage (west side) after pointingThe kitchen window after pointing

April-May

It is Spring … and the primroses appear miraculously (Luckily this happens even if you don't have to time to do anything about it.)

Primroses

 

The porch roof gets tidied up, the south side gets pointed and we take advantage of the scaffolding to paint all the woodwork on that side (except the main door)

The south side after pointing and painting

 

Edward Wozencroft (left), who farms the land across the Dernol stream, Craig Price (right), who is 12 years old in this picture and remembers attending at the age of about 2 or 3 what was perhaps the last service at the chapel before it closed, and one of Edward's sheepdogs

Edward, Craig and Edward's dog

July

Pointing the east side

September-October

Pointing the north side

Once again we used the scaffolding to paint the woodwork and also do some pruning of the trees which were threatening to eclipse the chapel

Pruning the trees

September-October

This vantage point also gave us some new views: looking (left to right) south-east, south …

Looking south-eastlooking south

 

… and south-west

looking east

December

Winter again!

The family in the snow

Luckily some people never grow up …

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