More Than We Bargained For

Nick began work today on the Garden Room. Currently the

view is the most attractive part of this bedroom.

Apart from the historic cracks, Nick found some of the lath and plaster walls had crumbled away; the dado had been glued on; there is much for him to fill in and scrape away than we had bargained for.

By the end of the day, our expert decorator had made considerable progress in making good, filling cracks and holes in walls, stripping off glue and other rubbish, and putting first coats of paint on the ceiling and woodwork.

I spent much of the day working on posting

This evening we all dined on Becky’s savoury rice; tempura prawns or haddock fish cakes, and tender green beans, with which she drank Zesty, Ian drank Weissbier; Jackie drank Hoegaarden; and I drank more of the Durif Shiraz.


  1. Repairing damaged lath and plaster is always a challenge in both time and craftmanship. I’m sure that your Nick will be able to handle things for you. We look forward to further progress reports.

  2. What a perfectionist Nick is – the dark stripe on his shirt even matches the painted dado and skirting – I wonder what colour these are to be, and how his attire will reflect the ‘new look’..!

  3. Nick is up for the challenge! He is doing such great work! Hmm…wondering what his tattoo says.

    The Garden Room will have a beautiful new look…as beautiful as the artistry it looks down on. πŸ™‚
    Love those photos taken from the Garden Room! πŸ™‚ I spotted an owl! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) ❀️

  4. I know those problems that has Nick run into .. only a few weeks ago, I cut a small hole in a plaster wall to fix a leaky pipe … well the hole grew to a couple of meters long, with much rotting timber and plaster replacement was required …

  5. Once completed, that will be a wonderful room. I bet you will all fight over who will get to be in it! I know I would claim it for my office. πŸ™‚

  6. And what is the purpose of that sneaky bit of electrical wire threaded through the wall above the door? Was that your installation, or another inherited surprise? Anyway, when the room is finished, it will be a delightful, peaceful sanctuary. Perfect for a writing room πŸ™‚
    By the way, has Flo snuck off, or did I miss a post heralding her departure?

    1. Flo is still with us, for the near future. I don’t know what that wire is – possibly a phone line – they are all over the place. Thanks especially for your close observation, Gwen

  7. Looks like nice work. I wish I could have my place done. It is a rental, and it is too small to do unless we moved out during the renovation. It needs to be gutted. I had hoped to move but that isn’t going to happen.

  8. Oh, this post is so satisfying. To watch, bit by bit, the signs of age getting improved and filled and updated and addressed. Soon the inside of the room will also be an attractive view.

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