Finishing Touches

On another gloomy wet morning Jackie photographed a selection of our current garden blooms, some decorated with pearls of rainwater. Here we have sarcocca Hoskeriana, cyclamen, daffodil, iris reticulata Katharine Hodgkin, snowdrops, hellebore, camellia, daphne odorata marginata, and crocus. Barry, of New Forest Chimney Sweeping & Repairs, then visited to extend the downpipe across theContinue reading “Finishing Touches”

‘Lor!’, Chuckled Maggy

Barry of New Forest Chimney Sweeping & Repairs finished most of his work on our kitchen extension roof today. While he was doing so, I made him a set of A4 prints from my pictures of him from the last two days. He sent me his own images of the new lead flashings and myContinue reading “‘Lor!’, Chuckled Maggy”

A Greasy Spoon

Barry, of New Forest Chimney Sweeping and Repairs continued today with his work on our kitchen extension roof. Painstakingly he removed the spent lead flashing and prepared the surfaces for the replacement material. Only when he was satisfied that he had firm bases did he begin to lay the new lead. This is tough workContinue reading “A Greasy Spoon”

THANK YOU NHS

Despite the dismally wet day Barry of New Forest Chimney Sweeping & Repairs made a good start on repairing another section of our kitchen extension roof. We left him to it while Jackie drove me to The Grove Pharmacy, Christchurch Hospital for the first of my Astra-Zeneca Covid-19 vaccinations. The whole operation was smooth andContinue reading “THANK YOU NHS”

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 hisContinue reading “Khaleesi And Karen’s Hair Dryer”

A Craftsman At Work

We already knew that Barry Chislett-Bruce of New Forest Chimney Sweeping & Repairs is a first class, painstaking, craftsman. In the link above Barry and his son, Owen, are shown sweeping the chimney behind the fireplace they installed for us. The Velux kitchen window has leaked ever since we moved in five and a halfContinue reading “A Craftsman At Work”

Unquenchable Polish Spirit

This morning Nick from Peacock Computers visited to instal a new router and to repair the interface between our TV and the You View box. After lunch Barry from New Forest Chimney Sweeping And Repairs came to inspect our leaking Velux window. He asked me to send him two photographs, which I did. Nugget overtookContinue reading “Unquenchable Polish Spirit”

“Look. That Man’s Taking Photographs”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Leaving their van in our front drive and their slip-on shoes outside the door, Barry and Owen, who are New Forest Chimney Sweeping & Repairs, having first serviced Mistletoe Cottage next door, provided us with their trademark clean and efficient job. A dust sheet is laid down;Continue reading ““Look. That Man’s Taking Photographs””

Father And Son

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Today work began on our fireplace. First Baz and Owen inspected the prospective purchase at Gordleton Barn, pronounced it suitable, and set about making ready for it. This is the doubtful D.I.Y. effort that started the day in ourContinue reading “Father And Son”