Whilst I have been merrily updating what I consider to be the more frivolous social feeds I am conscious that I have neglected you my loyal blog audience, I can assure you that this is far from intentional. I like to sit and consider my blog posts, despite the fact that they always appear to be random, and time pressure has meant that I haven’t had the opportunity you on the progress at the Plough.
I will start with a task that is complete, see there is one, the plumbers have left the building. Despite the plumbing having all the hallmarks of a disaster it was actually a series of small successes. The first, and most critical, success was that the plumbing was sub contracted out in its entirety, I didn’t do any of it despite urges to the contrary. The plumbing itself works despite everybody’s opinion that it should not by design and as a final success, after three days of work, the plumbers have adopted my new stock phase of ‘it’s a pub’.
I now have a total weight for stone and its a not insignificant 3.9 tons. The stonemason has found wiring, flues and no end of concrete hidden behind the broken stonework but little in the way of mortar. The pictures below give an indication of progress and a good shot of the manic grin which greets me every time I question the crumbling mess that was once my pub. Thanks to Dave ‘s dogged determination we are still on target and the job is starting to come together now.
Scaffolding is now up for the roofers who have a push on to get done by the end of the month but they do say that people work best when challenged. There are three roofs in this tranche, one other one is already done and the remainder should last a few more years. This is a good point to remember for those whose answer to the trials of this project is “oh I remember when we brought the last house”,when I talk of roofs I have 5 pitched roofs and 3 flat roofs it’s not like a house unless you have had a pub you don’t have any reference point for comparison.
Decorating is a challenge and not just because it is so mind numbingly boring. It is taking a good few coats of white to cover the old colours and provide a base for the new colours so I haven’t actually got much of the new up yet. I have now erased the wall of pool fame and some other written legends on the wall though so should progress to colour this week. Even in all white it does look better and brighter so I am happy with the decision to go lighter.
One of the biggest challenges to the painting is that it is having to be done in stages around the other works; as an example replacing a lintel can move a window so the reveals have to be left until last. Another challenge is the shear amount of stuff in the building at the moment.
You can see that I have a new front door in the picture above and a new lounge door gets installed next weekend. Safesite have been amazing and I have had ‘customers’ wander in past the steel door but somehow I think the wooden one is more welcoming. Suppler accounts are now live and I am expecting to see a survey for the draught install his week. I am in the process of working out what glassware I need because it appears that all of the useful ‘standard’ glassware was removed from the pub. I am in the process of arranging refuse collection, far more complicated than it sounds, and have a growing list of other items to attend to but I think we can achieve it. The first wave of furniture is on site as are the fridges and I am battling with the water softener to try and understand if it is working and what all the numbers mean.
The deck has now been washed and had the first coat of oil. The oil stated that it covers 70 m2 per tin so, since it took 4 tins, I presume the deck is 280 m2 it doesn’t look that big but it certainly felt at least that when I was staining it!
I have a supplier on board for the outside furniture it just remains for me to pay him and ensure that he accepts the fact that I live on the smaller island a fact which has caused several heated conversations with suppliers already! I am also debating measurements with my table supplier after the prescribed screws came through the table top during assembly but I feel I have that debate in the bag.
I had a sneak preview of the new pub sign this week and even my son, who had concerns over the term ‘hand painted’ was impressed. I think that it is a stunning piece of work and am looking forward to getting them up. The sign writer expects them to be finished this week and it will be great to have them ‘on hand’
What else is there to say? Well probably lots but my tired mind is struggling already and its only 4 pm. Instead of more pub ramblings let me share a glimpse of the jewel that I call home, below is a view of the bay which never ceases to delight:
And just to show it’s not all ocean a peak at the chine:
Finally for those that have noticed the use of the term “we” fear not it is still only me but somehow it feels appropriate to say we rather than I possibly because the shear scale of the task makes it seem that one person is inadequate.