Friday, 31 July 2009

Gods don't like people not doing much work. People who aren't busy all the time might start to think.Terry Pratchett, Small Gods

No time for thinking here....busy busy busy but happy!!
The “Then” blog. For details see entry for March 7th 2009. In brief the restoration of Claonairigh House.
Monday 27th July 1992
Rain morning, sunny spells, no midges
G had the luxury of shower, shave with lots of hot water, brush teeth with constant running cold water and a sit down on a porcelain W.C. P and G windows:-small kitchen window, hall and made landing window out of old landing and old bed room windows. Used power tool off the generator which didn’t work very well at first because it was wet after being under a leak in the roof. Mum cleared some more and found 1918 Begique 20 cent coin and the large doorstep outside the porch. First mail delivered...note from Marjorie.

Tuesday July 28th
No rain! no midges!
P and G windows lounge, repairs to broken beads on utility and dining room. Visit from “Arch Duke Ferdinand” (some broad on a horse). Mum weeded and primed the windows, raided the cottages for 4 counter balances, one lock and one sash window must go back for four pullies.

Wednesday 29th July 1992
2nd day no rain and no midges
Collected timber and building materials from Harcros Lochgilphead £201.45 for porch, discount of 25-30% collected provisions from Coop. G and P windows utility and kitchen. End window. Mum primed and weeded.

Thursday July 30th
No rain Sunny!! No midges
Chasing slates, barn slates given to Mungo and Co by Mark Page. Must sort out with Diggers (Digby Guy). Went to Harcross and Ardrisaig to old distillery. May be able to buy some second hand slates. Ordered gates and 50m stock fence from Coventry fencing of Oban. Picked up safety gear for chain saws. G and P windows, Mum primed bak door and painted a window on some plywood. Dining room window.

Friday 31st July 1992
No rain Sunny!! Midges morn and eve.
G and P windows, bedroom and en suite and bathroom. All windows now glazed YEP-YEP Hooray!! Gleaned some slates and zinc ridges from the cottages and 4 pulley wheels. Mum finished weeding. Previous owners son came round. Used to be farm house 50 hill cattle, 4 milk cows, 1,000 sheep and arable crops before forested.

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