When we set about purchasing our new site it was spring and there were predictions for a glorious summer, ideal for making a start on this new venture. The purchase did not run smooth though and if a delay was imaginable then it happened; the valuer couldn’t understand where the property started or ended, and the solicitor forgot to send off forms, then filled them in wrong, then forgot to send them off again…
I put the process to the back of my mind as best as possible because I wasn’t prepared to get over excited for something which may not happen. It was suggested that the issues must be an omen and perhaps the whole thing was simply never meant to be and whilst I didn’t go for this myself I did start to have doubts.
Today though, the reality has finally started to sink in for me and all doubt has gone. I feel now that everything about this property is right for us even if there is no end to the amount of work to be done – I can finally be excited!
Thinking back, the summer we had seemed far to hot to be grafting outside and what’s better than manual labour for keeping us warm this winter?!
While Richard’s been busy finding an hour here and there to plan out his workshop I’ve been weighing up all of the clearing that we’ve got to get done. There are several roofs around the site which have given way many years ago and now lie collapsed under a carpet of ivy and moss. There’s no rush to get this done as they are far away from the buildings we want to work on first but everything’s going to feel much more safe and organised with it clear so I’m going to start chipping away at it on afternoons. In a quick rummage today I’ve found that many of the tiles have survived unscathed so it’ll be worth going through and salvaging them. It’s a shame it gets dark so early but then we will be having the shortest day next week so that excuse won’t last.
I’m also working away at building our new website for this blog to help separate out the content in to clear categories. The changes are going to make it easier for those who’d like to follow along with the woodwork but avoid posts on our work at the barns and vice versa and I’ll be getting this up and running very soon.