Limery Update

I know that regular readers will be itching for an update on the limery (yes, that is now its official name).

I knew that building work was not likely to happen quickly, but I had hoped that it would be finished by now. Alas not… although there has been progress and it might be done by the end of next week. My builders are lovely – polite and thoughtful and happy to chat over a cup of tea. But even so, it’s terribly unsettling, and the noise of my roof being taken apart and rebuilt was not conducive to calm contemplation or, indeed, editing work or writing blog posts!

However, I have things to show…

They started laying the patio (re-used flag stones) and  building the raised bed:

Flag stones look good as new, but they are about 20 years old!

Flag stones look good as new, but they are about 20 years old!

Then we got the framework for the glass:

Then the builders dismantled part of the roof (this was VERY noisy):

and this the day before thunderstorms were forecast… fortunately they didn’t arrive.

Next they covered the new bit of roof:

Well, at least it isn't going to leak

Well, at least it wasn’t going to leak (much)

Then they came back and put the slates back on the house and attached the battens ready for the new slates… which, apparently can’t be put on until the glazing is completed:

Roof in tact and lead installed

Roof in tact and lead installed

All the flag stones for the patio were put down and the raised bed had its coping stones fixed in place:

And finally, work started on the floor inside the limery – two layers of insulation (all off-cuts from previous jobs), a drain and a concrete floor (mixed using only stored rain water) which is to support yet more reused flag stones:

And that’s where we are tonight… I have just had to create a barricade:

No entry!

No entry!

To avoid any more of this:

Marking their territory

Marking their territory

I am SO looking forward to it being finished, so my garden stops looking like this:

Last year this was a vegetable bed

Last year this was a vegetable bed

 

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  1. It will soon be all over and well worth the upheaval just a bad interlude. Looking forward to seeing the finished Limery

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  2. I echo nanacathy! Isn’t it looking so fabulous! What fun you will be having this time next year or even in a months time – can’t wait to see the Lime tree in place of honour 🙂

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  3. I knew it was going to be useful, I didn’t realise it was also going to be so elegant. It has graceful proportions, they’ve done a good job with the paving and raised bed, the construction is satisfyingly responsible in its use of materials, and best of all, it is nearly DONE. A Lovely Limery indeed, Dr Snail!

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  4. This is going to be such a gracious space. It’s really lovely. Perhaps once it’s finished, the dust and dirt and birth pains will fade into the far distance of memory and you’ll just have a pleasing useful place!

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  5. Because i’m not there, dealing with the chaos, all I can see is the potential and the FUN of all this! It’s so exciting! Love the little dog prints–they always seem to know, don’t they?

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    • Please keep reminding me of the potential!! Actually, today I was out and managed to buy three tomato plants to support a local charity. With all the chaos I haven’t grown much stuff of my own so these can be some of the first residents of the limery 🙂

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  6. Remember the old adage about banging your head on the wall and how good it feels when you stop?

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  7. Thank you for posting on the progress of the Limary. great name indeed. It is hard to be creative when one is having one’s roof pulled off. (I know) My renos didn’t stop me altogether but they definitely slowed me down (almost to a stop) I found out something about myself which is I don’t work well in mess or disorder. It is going to be worth it and good idea about the barricade. My dogs were soooo naughty. I guess it was just “acting out” behaviour. We even got Jack a canine anxiety vest (thundershirt) because he was beside himself every time the builders came. They were very nice to him too. ❤

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