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3 Sheds 2 Men 1 Week

 

Shed heaven!

Finally after 2 years of dreaming and months of planning, our Stone Byres now have new roofs – and very swanky they are too!

Our lovely outbuildings needed serious attention, we looked out at them on a daily basis and pondered.  But no matter how much we pondered the roofs were still disintergrating!

Last year Steve’s sister and brother in law Spence, visited – he is a master of all things construction with a moderate amount of dry stone walling thrown in… Well, one thing lead to another and by the time they left he’d voiced out loud his intention to take on the project. An amount of gentle persuasion and Adam (Spence’s eldest son, and competent tradesman too) was soon on the workforce.

Various emails went back and forth regarding timescales, schedules and what materials were needed. Dates were set and Steve hunted down and ordered the materials. I increased my tool kit! (rubs hands together with glee!)

Then it was on to preparation work in readiness for the big week.

work begins with the stripping

work begins with the stripping

Mmmmm

Mmmmm…… and just look at that corner wall!

The buildings had to be emptied of all their ‘stuff’ and dry storage found under tarps. The disintegrating roof sheets and all the roof timbers needed to be dismantled and taken away and the precariously dangerous and unstable corner walls of shed 3 had to be taken down carefully in readiness for rebuilding – and all this fitted in whilst being open for Bed and Breakfasts and working on a fencing and field plan for the croft…. Blimey!

The first weight off our minds was the roofing materials arriving 2 weeks before ‘the boys’ arrived – very exciting!

And then the big day rolled around and Steve left here early Saturday morning in pretty thick snow to drive the 100 miles to the airport to collect the family for the last stage of the 800 mile trip.

Saturday morning

Saturday morning

They had had a good flight and saw some pretty snowy scenes and many deer on route. Warm fires simple jacket potato’s a night cap and early to bed ready for an early start for Day 1

And didn’t they do well!

first post

first post

 

excitement in Melness!

excitement in Melness!

Getting a level, and digging big hole

Getting a level, and digging big hole

posts up

posts up

ring beam in the making

ring beam in the making

a frames

ring beam

day 1

day 1

factory on the farm

factory on the farm

Gable

Gable

top team

top team

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making the ears

making the ears

pretties

pretties

seems a shame to cover it

seems a shame to cover it

beautiful

beautiful

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first roof sheets going on

first roof sheets going on

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the gang

the gang

the gang still smiling....

the gang still smiling….

the gang

the gang

helping

helping

the gang.... stoned again

the gang…. stoned again

level

level

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Day 1 big posts and ring beam on. Check

Day 2 A frames and purlins,  rafters started,

Day 3 rafters finished and roofing sheets started

Day 4 roofing sheets finished, end walls and barge boards done tie downs started.

Day 5 ridge boards done, dry stone wall mostly done, stone work at the back of the sheds done and tie downs finished –

Day 6 a couple of hours finishing the stone wall and the rest of the day off! Road trip to Durness and Smoo cave.

Incredible work, Spence had 7am starts and they both worked through some Highland weather on Monday (day 2) – and worked really hard every day. We kept them fed, watered and helped where we could… we are so impressed with the results – and not only us…our lovely neighbours have been very complimentary too.

Thank you Spence and Adam (and Jacinta of course, we have evidence that you contributed to the stone wall) for our wonderful new roofs…. Hooray!  Top Team.

the gang

the gang

 

 

Geopark rock stop café and the Inchnadamph Bone Caves

We celebrated our 19th anniversary with a trip down the scenic West Highland coast, to the North West Geopark rock stop café. The most impressively sited café we have encountered, a panorama of wonder. Cake, coffee, stunning scenery and education.

Check out the North west highland Geopark rockstop cafe

We then stopped at Ardvreck castle Calda house

Calda house on Loch Assynt

Calda house on Loch Assynt

Ardvreck castle remains on Loch Assynt

Ardvreck castle remains on Loch Assynt

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Calda house on Loch Assynt

The last stop of was the Inchnadamph Bone Caves

Bone caves

Bone caves

Bone Caves

Bone Caves

Bone caves

Bone caves

which engulfed the absolute best of the Highland geology history and complete wilderness. A great walk into the mountains passing waterfalls (and rock falls) along a river valley, passing the source of the river which was fascinating.

source of river

source of river

Back home, our beach has been a hive of activity recently with wildlife.

cows

cows

cows

cows

Horses

Horses

We are very happy to report that the Seals are back, they had been pretty scarce over the last few weeks and we really missed them. We currently have a group Of 5 and a group of 7 which haul out in front of the croft on the sandbanks. We have been calling these groups “pods” . I have just researched this as we guessed we were grabbing at straws and our thesaurus says “rookery collective noun”

We wouldn’t have guessed that!

seals

seals

The Garden had a new visitor this week,

Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk

A sparrow hawk – we have a lot of sparrows in the garden…

The mountains have been hidden as much as visible recently, a strange pinky haze has accompanied the hot weather with a sea haar sitting all along the Kyle sometimes, bringing the visibility right down to within the garden walls.

Sea Haar

Sea Haar heading along The Kyle

Sea Haar eaten our view

Sea Haar eaten our mountain view

The Woodlife Way’s new and first “Tree Charm”

 

We are currently working on Our “Tree Charm”  ideas – taking some of the more individual pieces and crafting them into necklaces – hopefully they will appear soon for sale.

The Woodlife Way 's first "Tree charm"

The Woodlife Way ‘s first “Tree charm”

The rain has been heavy enough over the last couple of days to create some pretty torrent rivers and flooded ground.

flooded ground

flooded ground

flooded ground falling into a usually quiet river

flooded ground falling into a usually quiet river

Today we saw our first marsh marigold of the year! It was in a boggy stream on the Ard – The Ard is a piece of rocky land (it is joined to our croft by a long stretch of beach) that has a small lochan, it juts out from Skinnet. Translation wise an Ard is a high place and Skinnet means (roughly) – the wing of the place – so the Ard, Skinnet translates to the rather poetic and lovely, High point on the wing of the place.

Our first ‘long term guests’ (4 nights) left today to make their way back down to London and a long haul flight to Australia – they left their rooms spotless – this is obviously appreciated by us as it makes our life that little bit easier, it also shows a great level of respect, so thank you to them and bon voyage!

After a change over there is obviously a fair amount of washing to do – and whilst the washing part is easy the drying is sometimes not so much… take today for instance, strong-ish winds are constantly trying to blow the washing off the line, regardless of the amount of pegs!

We now have a couple of days with no B&Bers – the first time for a week – and the house takes a deep breath.

Our guests who left today purchased some of our handmade buttons – as did our Saturday guests, tremendous! We’ve had some really good feedback too and quite an interest building up for the Extra large feature buttons – we are delighted with this.

It was a beautiful evening tonight and even as I write this (23.29) the sky still retains some blue – a little reminder that we are making our way towards the longest day and the almost 24hr daylight that we get up here.

And now my eyelids drop but my smile remains – we’ve had some fantastic reviews lately, the sun shone this evening and sometimes we all have to remember that the rain stops eventually and life is good!

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