Khaleesi And Karen’s Hair Dryer

On this bright, sunny, day Barry of

was able to complete the work on the Velux window roof.

He tapped down the lead using a tool that had once belonged to Owen’s great grandfather;

tested the result for smoothness in his usual careful manner;

and employed Karen’s hair dryer to avoid the possibility of his normal heater cracking the glass.

This afforded him time for contemplation.

A walk round the garden revealed a somewhat nibbled mushroom sprouting in the stumpery.

Muggle was at home in his larch.

Nugget still looked him up now and then. Otherwise he foraged for himself.

“Where’s Nugget” (46).

Barry sent me the first two pictures on this post, with a set

depicting the completed project.

Note the spirit levels in this one.

Keeping her very discreetly out of our way, Barry brought his delightful spaniel Khaleesi with him, and included some pictures of her.

Apart from a spell on the Westbrook Arbour bench,

she remained in the van.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s spicy sausages in red wine; roast potatoes; crunchy carrots and firm broccoli, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank Patrick Chodot Fleuri 2018.




  1. I’m guessing the rain won’t penetrate that seal. Excellent photo’s of the work and the artisan deep in thought is delightful – I wonder if he was contemplating a cuppa? Lovely little spaniel, Siddy is quite taken …… Nugget is obvious when you spy him, but I had to biggify to get there. I think that says more about the state of my vision than his ability to hide himself.

  2. I’m glad the window is finished in time for the next downpour. My chimney sweep is booked for next week for the log burner, in advance of the winter chills.
    Nugget was very well camouflaged tonight but I found him after I enlarged the photo.

  3. Barry’s job of lead flashing and lead dressing was excellent Derrick, It’s hard to get tradesmen to do such quality work these days…..

  4. That was enjoyable reading. (I have suffered from major insomnia on our trip and needed something this earthy-light to cheer me!)
    Is this what we call a skylight in the US? It says his business is chimney sweeping/repairs sweep but he replaced a window…? Just wondering–you know things might be different from here….or I certainly may have a level of ignorance of such things. never afraid to ask questions, though!

    1. I think skylight would be right, Cynthia. Roof work has been a natural progression from chimney sweeping. Thanks very much, Cynthia. You may remember that Barry and his son installed a fireplace, too.

  5. I fully understand his decision to use the hair dryer rather than a heat gun. My heat gun has two settings: 750-1200 degrees farenheit. I bear a certain number of scars from accidental contact, and learned pretty quickly how not to burn wood. On the other hand, I once released myself from an iced-in boat by using a hairdryer to melt the ice off the companionway. One does what one must!

  6. Barry’s attention to detail is impressive. You are kindred spirits in that respect. And Khaleesi is beautiful. I’m glad she could visit.

  7. My little Cooper says, “Khaleesi…Ooh…she’s pawsitively doggone beautiful…I’m in love!” πŸ˜‰
    I love when people can take their doggie to work with them! πŸ™‚
    Yay for Barry! What a smart, creative, skilled craftsman! πŸ™‚
    Nugget is slightly left today…is that is political leaning, too!?!? You know “left-wing” politics! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜› (HA! I just cracked myself up! πŸ˜€ )
    HUGS!!! for you and Jackie!
    BUGS!!! for Nugget and Muggle!

  8. We have two coal fired heaters and our chimney sweep seems to have the same disdain for heights that Barry has. You wouldn’t get me going up even to that relatively low height without considerable sums of money being involved!

  9. Splendid photos of the process and craftsman.
    Khaleesi appears to be wearing her Super Dog cape. It’s good she comes prepared.
    Nugget’s contemplation matches Barry’s. πŸ™‚

  10. Khaleesi was a delightful surprise! She reminded me of the contractor who built our sun room. He brought his King Charles Spaniel along to supervise the work.

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