Cold weather stops play

Work on the bathroom has ground to a halt now that the weather has got too cold to plaster walls or put tiles up. Unfortunately we’ve taken the boiler out and can’t easily put it back, so we’ve got no shower, probably until spring. It’s not a problem though; a bath in the kitchen will have to do!

We have managed to nearly finish plastering the walls. The plaster-boarded walls are finished, and the cob walls just need one more coat of lime and sand plaster to finish them. The ceiling has been repaired and mostly painted with our own lime whitewash, and the beams cleaned and coated with linseed oil. It’s all starting to look really good now!

Julie has decided to tile some of the shower area with a mosaic pattern. This involves me cutting up over 1000 little black squares, as we couldn’t find small black tiles. Ho hum, not one of my brightest moves! Still, it will look really good when it’s done.

The garden is looking really bare now all the leaves have fallen, but the onions and garlic are growing rapidly and we have got some new trees planted; two apricot, one plum and a pear tree, to replace ones that we’ve removed as they were too old. Yesterday we got an unexpected delivery of four lorry-loads of sheep muck from Stefan’s pens, so that should give our plants a really good start next year.

We’ve been making a lot of sausages. Having found out how easy they are, we bought 5kg of pork mince and made them into a variety of flavours, so we now have enough to last us the winter. Our freezer is about bursting with food.

We’ve got plenty to keep us busy for the next three months until the warmer weather arrives; there’s still the chicken sheds to explore and get ready for hens in the spring, there’s lots of wood still to chop and sort through, vegetable beds to dig as long as the ground doesn’t freeze, and we can start planning the kitchen. If it gets too cold to be outside then there are some restoration projects with furniture to be getting on with too.


  4 comments for “Cold weather stops play

  1. Anonymous
    November 30, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Ooh Friday night is bath night
    Good luck guys the winter will be long and cold but dry sometimes I miss the real cold of the Canadian winters. There is some magic, hey does it get so cold there that if you pour a glass of water it will freeze?? I have experienced that!!! Great fun. Keep us posted xx

    • Joe
      November 30, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      I’m sure that will happen, it can get down to -35C here! I’m sure it gets colder in Canada though, and it’s not that cold for very long, usually.

  2. Mum
    December 1, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I just wondered if you had considered the problem of black mould in the shower room; could be a problem with all that grouting needed for the mosaic walls unless you always keep the room warm in Winter, well aired and dry the walls after use. You can get grouting with anti-mould compound in it, but this is only marginally useful. Perhaps there is a finish one can paint over the grouting to make it less liable to developing mould, I don’t know.

    • Joe
      December 1, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      🙂 we’ve got black grout, problem solved!

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