There were two things about Felon Cottage that gave me the creeps.
Not in a spooky or scary way, in fact I have never been scared or uncomfortable in the house despite being alone in a near derelict house miles from anywhere, but in an ‘oh I really don’t like that’ way!
Now these two things have now gone. As the renovation moves forward all the not so nice elements of the house are being repaired or replaced.
The two items that gave me the creeps, were the fireplace and the chimney in the attic. Why these two items?
The fireplace because it was not a proper hearth just large piece of cast iron supported on bricks around which was a hundred years worth of soot. This soot was continually damp from the leak in the roof.
Where the leak was! You can see the damp stains coming through.
The chimney in the attic, because it was the source of this leak, and was surround by damp and rotting floorboards and continually caused water to run down the face of the chimney breast.
I now have brand new flashing around the chimney and the floorboards have been replaces and the leak is now more. (We have had enough rain this week to give the flashing a good testing!)
I also now have a proper hearth cast in concrete and soon to be topped with limestone. The damp soot is no more.
Good progress this week, it gets more like a hone each vist.
My new hearth being cast
The kitchen taking shape
The front bedroom
A little bit of gardening!
Just a little footnote: The images on the blog are taken with my iphone for ease of download. I take duplicate images with a ‘proper’ camera, for my records!
The problem with living on site in a house project, is that inevitably the rooms in which you are living will need to worked upon. That moment has come at Flrelon cottage.
The kitchen now a building site
The rear bedroom is now decorated and the salon plastered and the shower room finished, so now Sam and I will turn our attention to the front bedroom and kitchen.
On the plus side, just as last visit, I was so pleased to have light at the flick of a switch, this time its hot water on tap! Just when I want it! No boiling kettles and finding the water is too hot. I have never washed my hands so much.
The Front Bedroom
The kitchen is good in the salon, best thing is I can reach the fridge when sitting at the table, so don’t need to get up to get my dessert!
Kitchen in the salon
Apologies for the short and uninteresting piece but they are closing up Café de Colonnes around me and its only 7.45pm!
Sleeping in the back room
Decorating the front room
Each time I come to Frelon cottage, little milestones are reached; this time it’s to get the shower room complete and have a hot shower.
Last visit I had hot water but due to a quirk with the plumbing I could not use it as their was a leak on the feed to the (potential) shower. Now the shower is installed all I have to do is seal all of the tiles. Sounds easy but two coats 4 hours apart buffed midway in the drying process, it’s going to take a least a day.
My first day here has been a mix of showers and sun but has been a wildlife fest. Best of all was the hare who skipped up the lane seemingly oblivious to people, well me! Add to that, five Hoopoes, two Redstarts, one Kite and more Goldfinches than I have ever seem, its ben quite a day.
Come 7.30pm I decide two hours will be enough for the second coat to dry….I want my shower!
All prepared, everything ready…….turn on and no water. Well not from the shower head, water is spraying out of a joint on the shower valve. At this moment I remember Sam (the builder) saying ‘I am sure there should be a washer for this joint but its not in the box’ when he fitted it.
Now this morning when sweeping up, said washer was in a pile a dust. Picking it out thinking ‘That would handy if you wanted something like that’, I put it in my box of bits and pieces.
After quick run upstairs in my towel to get the washer and some tools I added the errant washer. Finally I could have my first hot shower at Frelon Cottage!