Thursday, 8 January 2015

...and rising up!

And upwards the pipe doth riseth up,
upwards towards the sky.
However, to get to the sky,
the roof has to be punctured.
Which means a hole has to be put in the roof,
which is quite a scary thought because once upon a time we did not have a roof at all,
but loads of fresh air and a full view of the sky,
and then builder men came and filled in the roof,
the fresh air remaining via loads of drafty holes hither and thither in the walls,
but the sky became outside,
which is not a bad thing,
because of the rain which comes along with the sporting clouds,
which does make things wet.
So, for us, putting a hole in the roof means going back to as it was,
in the before time,
when roof there was none,
silly, I know, but we have a fear of being made roofless again.
...and then all became done,
and the pipe is now finished,
and all that needs to be done is the sealing of the piles
so that smoke does not waft its way into the kitchen through the gaps.
I can't believe that the Rayburn is finally in.
And now it is on to getting the plumbing sorted out,
and the pump put in!
And joy of joys,
our Christmas Tree has been found.
Up in the upstairs of the house it was,
(in the box in the lower left hand corner of photo),
must have been there for a year or so,
and me thinking that it was gone forever,
and then finding it,
and so it will be put up for Christmas next year,
that I have promised it!
And some of the rest of the upstairs.
We have a long way to go!
Not to worry,
we may, or may not, run out of money,
so maybe it will never get done.
Hey ho, but we have downstairs and that will be sufficient for us,
plus we have a smallholding outside,
so, all in all, we have enough.


The Broad said...

Brilliant news, Vera! One step at a time and sooner -- or later -- it will be done and photographs will be the only evidence you have that it was ever thus!

Ohiofarmgirl said...

yay! now we need to see that rayburn in actin!

Vera said...

The Broad, you are right about the photos.....when I look back at how the house was when we first arrived I am amazed that we managed to get this far!

OHF, will be a while yet!

Vera said...

Ally: Your comment wouldn't come across from my email box, so I have copied and pasted it:

You said: "One more step along the way! I have a fifty year old Aga in Yorkshire where I love to sit and knit. I can see you doing the same!"

Ally, I would be the happiest person going if that happens, and I find myself sitting by our Rayburn doing some crochet / patchwork / sewing / etc.!

Kerry said...

A friend once said - think of all the things you have done, not the things you haven't. Not always easy when your house is in termoil.

Vera said...

Kerry, you are right. My head can become quite scrambled after a session of house / smallholding planning!

rusty duck said...

Looking good Vera. Very good!
These things do take time, but somehow when they do you appreciate having them all the more.

Tim said...

Nice to know you aren't roofless!!
We bought an ESSE...
made in Staffordshire...
for our old kitchen in the longère...
we could have had one that heated water but decided against it as until it could be plumbed in, we couldn't use it...
or we could, if we filled the waterjacket with dry sand...
which apparently is quite easy...
until you come to remove it!

And, if you have any modern taps with ceramic washers, you must remove every last grain...
or damage the taps!
Errr... no! We decided not to go down that route!

So I presume the Rayburn must be much the same and you will have to wait until it is plumbed in to see how cosy it will be!

Mizumatte said...

oh very good, one more step nearer sitting by a warm in northern europe we are waiting for a new storm, it has already started to snow, excepting at least 20 cm. well after winter comes spring. take care Jaana

Rhodesia said...

Wow, I have just been catching up since the middle of December and so much has happened. Well done you two, you never cease to amaze me. Have a wonderful weekend and I hope 2015 will be a successful and healthy one for you Diane

Niall & Antoinette said...

Yay! The raybrun has found it's 'proper place' You're really getting there :-)

Kev Alviti said...

It's all looking so good. Really pleased you you guys and I can see how hard you've worked!