October already? Winter is coming
Everything has been moving on at such a pace, and of course the weather has been glorious to help chivvy us along too, but with a turn in the weather came a spot of news that seemed take away all my momentum. In a very simplified nutshell our planning permission is hinged upon ecology reports and bat surveys at the moment. In fact, we are still waiting for the ecologists (who we have to pay an awe inspiring amount of money) to send over their report to our architect so that planning can even be submitted.
In all honesty I think I'm still too close to it all and feeling pretty raw about everything that's going on to write a sensible blog post covering all the issues we've faced, and are still facing in any sort of detail. So maybe in a few months time I'll write up a proper post going over all the problems that have cropped up and how I feel about it all without coming across as too angry or bitter.
Needless to say at the moment Ecologists and county council planning officials are currently off my Christmas card list.
As I mentioned the weather has turned and we've had a couple of nasty showers and rain storms passing over, so I'm relieved I got all the exterior painting on the house done in that sunny spell otherwise it would be looking even more drab than when we started.
Dad too is feeling a little dejected, as the rain is holding up all his digging work, you can't really get stuck into landscaping if the landscape is muddy gloop.
We did manage to finish off the entrance way to the drive, so the sign is now sitting in some little green tufts of grass, there's a spot to pull in if a car needs to pass by (or for me to park when it's snowing and I can't drive up the hill) and Dad and I (mainly Dad) started on building a little fence to lead the way down the lane and onto the drive way.
We've gone for quite a low wooden fence, so it's low impact visually but also pleasing when you're eye does rest on it - now then, didn't that sound fancy?
You'd think that with fences popping up all other the shop that the sheep would take the hint and stay where they were supposed to but apparently we seem to have acquired the most disobedient lambs that ever walked this green earth. They will escape from anywhere, only the other afternoon JC and I foiled an attempted escape as we were driving home, just at the top of the drive a suspicious looking gang of four were pressed up against the fence looking over to the other side.
When we can Dad is continuing with the digging mission, ideally we need to clear the back of the house so that we can put a fresh drain in to get rid of the water that runs down from the fields above. Once we've sorted the back we can move on to the front of the house. Already it looks significantly different to two months ago which is encouraging despite there being a long way to go before it's finished enough to move on.
The following is two photos from roughly two months ago, and then two more from two weeks ago:
Apart from digging about the place I've been doing the customary botching about where I pretend I'm capable of doing diy and using heavy machinery (the dumper and I are now on speaking terms after it nearly suffocated me with gases after it's exhaust broke)
Mam chose the starting stone for it's seat like qualities and Dad chose a decorative stump now called the Wolf's head:
Dad, doing a little bit of quality control in which stone to place in the wall next.
It's all about the quality here.
|This is the wall so far, it needs to be a few stones higher, |
and it's gonna get a lot longer but at the moment it's looking pretty
sturdy and fairly happy in it's new function.