West Gable End Refurbishment

Our carpenter James, assisted by his father, Nick replaced perished wood from our west gable end and refurbished the structure with plastic replacements today.

First, James measured everything, then

prepared remaining woodwork on which to

apply new plastic sections which had been cut to size and shape as laid out along our Back Drive.

James’s father, Nick, visited the site for a short while to help in this stage of the work.

It was Nick who told his son that this house was once the village post office, and recognised that

beneath the blue of the removed wood was the post office red he remembered from the early sixties. He also knew the legendary postmistress.


fitted some small sections before leaving.

He told me how windy it was as to make it impossible to hear voices from up the top. Indeed it had been windy enough at ground level for

the Patio chairs in the Fairy Garden to suffer the usual fate of ours.

For this evening’s dinner, Becky produced garlic butter wrapped in chicken thighs wrapped in lean bacon; savoury vegetable rice; and tender green beans and asparagus. Jackie drank Hoegaarden; Ian Peroni; and I, more of the Malbec.


  1. Ooooh dinner looks delicious! The side of your home is certainly ready for a freshening up. It’s good that you are replacing the old wood before it falls off.

  2. It’s interestig to know that the house was once the village post office. I would think that quite a few houses have fulfilled various jobs over the decades and centuries.

  3. Plastics are good for things like that. No more wood rot there n the future. Australia uses a lot of recycled plastics for things like this. – No painting either. 🙂

  4. The carpenters are doing a superb job, Derrick, … I wonder how much ‘red’ there was on the old ‘Post Office’ …

    1. We see it under much of the paint, but I hope it wasn’t completely red. 🙂 Thanks very much, Ivor

  5. I love the fairy garden patio furniture. Thanks for the close up. That’s awesome to get more historical details about the house from someone who knew it as the post office.

  6. They have done very nice work! You have my curiosity going with the reference to the legendary postmistress. I think you mentioned her in an earlier post?

  7. I imagine you were worried about James and his dad in the high winds.
    We also suffer the calamities of living in a windy spot. My heart is often in my mouth when work involves tall ladders and scaffolding.

  8. Such good work being done! And your two great brave helper-experts have beautiful smiles! 🙂
    Becky’s meal look so so SO delicious! Wonderful chef-ing, Becky! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) to all! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  9. Those boards with the red paint hold a piece of history. Working on your house must bring up some fond memories for Nick’s father.

  10. Your fallen over chair made me laugh. It’s exciting that the house was once a Post Office and good to think that the building still sees plenty of family to-ing and fro-ing.

  11. Such a windy day to be up on scaffolding. It seems you find the best craftspeople for all your jobs. I love that Nick knew the postmistress. It just makes all of you seem connected.

    1. Thank you so much, Merril. All based on someone you trust recommending another and so on ad finitum.

  12. Hard work, but necessary. I am always in awe of people who have the skill and the courage—too high for me!—to do that kind of work. Would love to read more about that postmistress. Lots of stories, I bet.

    1. Thanks very much, Laurie. Too high for me, too. Tony said many of them have to get over their fear of heights.

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