Friday, 29 September 2017


Rosemary spider

Wednesday, 27 September 2017


 towards the North Downs from Hinxhill
 The Pirate was born in the room with a window in the black wall.

The village church where the Pirate was bell ringer and sidesman.
He left the village in 1960, never to return to live there.

walk around Ashford

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Family photos

We were lucky to meet up with two of the Pirate's cousins yesterday, and these are from the oldest in his family..only 89!  We think the top gentleman is his great great grandfather.....

Wye ..the way in?

Saturday, 23 September 2017


 Pirate and Nephew....
 Nephew's new workshop....I'm getting inspired! We've bought a spare roll of insulating membrane from him, for my workshop. It is breathable, but also keeps the wet out.  Just what we need.
They have a new pair of pups, so it was walkies time...

Only youngsters yet...siblings,despite the looks.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

House Progress

 Next door has been roughcasted today, next step render and harling'
 We've been getting our wrapping, polystyrene blocks sitting on a ledge and attached to the walls with fixings
and here is Dad...working with his two sons,a real gentleman.
Our house's team is from Poland, and is four workers plus a supervisor.
They work well,work hard and keep a clean site.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

House mending

This is why our home needs insulation....single skin brick, built about 70 years ago.

The "tiles" are at least not the original, which were basically roofing felt..and the jackdaws attack those, as we see on next door's roof. However they deceive the eye...they are metal sheet wrapped in a thin skin with grit on it.  When we can, we'll have to insulate the roof space.  What is there is a couple of inches thick and in bad condition.  There should be ten inches.

 A late House Marten nest, too late for a brood. They will have to remove this for insulating the walls.

The jackdaws and starlings are being evicted as well....