Wednesday, 12 November 2008

A year in and we're nearly done

Just before my birthday last year the builders arrived. I was psyched up for an 18 month flurry of demolition and rebuild, but I've just had another birthday and the chaps are nearly finished, months ahead of schedule. Just a few days of activity remain. I'm so excited I can hardly believe that the barns are nearly back to where they were decades ago, and looking beautiful.
The last of the scaffolding will disappear this week and then I can post photos of the thatched roundhouse which is tucked behind the threshing barn shown here.
For my birthday, the barns were floodlit so that party guests could ooh and aah as they came down the track, and they did; it was most heart warming. Best of all the nine dovecotes in the cob barn had tealights popped in them, and deep in the cob they were safe from the dramatic winds that howled round and the flames twinkled for five hours. Any birds taking shelter in there will be able to bring up cosy young.

7 comments:

Yorkshire Pudding said...

I award you THE YORKSHIRE PUDDING CONSERVATION AWARD for sensitive renewal of your outbuildings - thereby making a practical and aesthetically pleasing improvemet to our countryside. In order to have the authority to purchase a plaque which will announce the award to all and sundry for years to come you must send me a cheque for £50. Hurry or the offer will be withdrawn.

Mopsa said...

The last £50 is spent YP...but ta all the same!

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

You must feel a great sense of achievement. What a great legacy to leave behind for a few hundred years and especialy with your photographice evidence. Are you going o create an offline record that has the story with pitures and copies of your blog entries? That would be a terrific talking point for future generations to show others. And happy belated birthday wish!

Winchester whisperer said...

Belated happy b'day Mopsa!

Flowerpot said...

sounds like a wonderful birthday Mopsa - bet it looked great!

Mopsa said...

Thank you MOB, WW and Fpot - it was a good day.

ladythinker said...

I cannot believe this was a year ago - doesn't time fly by . .