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Tea break over!

November 21, 2015

The building work has progressed slowly due to the inclement weather; this has also contributed mightily to the quantities of mud around the house – we feel like prisoners as there is no point in going outside at all. The garage is full of building stuff, the shed and greenhouse are inaccessible and the mud and dirt just gets brought in no matter how careful we are. Consumption of tea, coffee and milk has risen dramatically and we have had to buy sugar for the first time in almost 30 years! June (one of Mrs Thatcher’s hoarders) had enough stock piled when we moved to the USA to last our entire stay there; we routinely collected spare lumps from café’s and restaurants in France and that all finally ran out one week after the builders started.

We had our first visit to a UK dentist this week and I have to say I was not overly impressed. The appointment was only 10 minutes long and cleaning seemed to be limited to a few teeth only; in my case no cleaning as I need another appointment for a filling – we still got charged for a full visit. No x-rays taken, they think these are only for further examination, not for early detection of any problems. Vast difference to the dentist in CA where a regular check-up and clean would have been a 45 minute appointment involving a hygienist, dental assistant and the dentist plus annual x-rays.

My recent visits to an osteopath revealed a bursitis in my hip for which the recommended treatment is a steroid injection. This was duly done on Friday 13th (!) and I’m still waiting to observe the results. The osteopath keeps finding tension in my neck muscles and giving me a thorough work out to relieve them – it does seem to be working as I can now fully turn my head in both directions. This is a huge benefit; road junctions at angles other than 90 degrees were a real problem before.

The builders have progressed well this week, all the brick work is complete and the roof is on, none too soon as the weather is really turning next week. In preparation for the removal of the old outside bedroom wall we vacated that room and moved into the spare room. This has meant filling the dining room with bedroom furniture and, as there really wasn’t any spare space, my desk is now in the living room. Quite how long this will continue is anyone’s guess but even after the builders have finished we shall have to wait about two weeks for the concrete floor to dry before installing the new carpet. We stripped the old wallpaper off one of the walls in readiness for the decorations; the other wall will be rebuilt as the new walls are slightly wider. None too soon as, having finished the roof (almost) they then started to demolish the old outside wall. They have protected our hall floor with sticky-back plastic and then sealed up the bedroom door on the inside. Jack hammers, cold chisels and a lot of hammering followed and of course it is raining sideways – it’ll keep the dust down outside I suppose. Health & safety stuff continues to surprise me – the latest is their scaffolding which has a built in ladder to reach the top level. However, they are not allowed to use the ladder but have to open a hatch in the “floors” and climb up inside the structure!

I am very surprised by the level of engineering on this project, it is only a very small extension (6’ x 12’) and the existing building roof is basically 4” x 2” rafters with 6” x 2” purlins supported on the outside walls. The new bit has 8” x 2” rafters which are non-structural and the load bearing where the old wall has been removed is to be supported on TWO 7” x 4” steel joists bolted together – I’ve seen railway bridges built of smaller stuff! The builder agrees with me but he has to do what the architect specifies and he in turn has to specify what the building regulations say. I think the author of the regulations has shares in the building materials suppliers.

 

Extension 047

Extension 053

 

The good news to end this week is that builders have revised their plans and now will complete the demolition and the screeding of the floor before they refit the window; this means a lot less mess in the house and may also mean we won’t have to wait so long before the floor dries.

My work on the family tree is progressing helped by finding some other researchers working on the same ancestors. I also discussed some of it with my aunt in Sheffield and her memories have filled in a few more gaps. The name-changing bunch are still somewhat of a mystery – more digging is required. However there is not much else I can do at the moment so it is keeping me occupied.

Cheers

 

David & June

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Gillian Metcalfe permalink
    November 21, 2015 13:30

    When we had a tiny porch added to spring gardens, the foundations had to be 6ft, even though the rest of the house was much less.!

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