Figures or furry friends?


Vamp till set

It’s been an assemble and step back carefully day.  Gable wall and other side wall are hugging close to each other waiting for the glue and other arrangements of attachment to take.


There are always other jobs to do, things you notice whilst standing there like a prune holding the pieces of model firmly together and hoping the glue will start to ‘bite’ so that you can scratch your nose etc.  And now, of course, seeing as one can notice quite a lot in three to five minutes of physical inactivity, there is a detailed little list of things piling up and in need of finishing/amending/re-arranging.  I think you get the idea.

But most of these jobs also involve waiting for stain or glue to do their thing, which brings me to the what’s next question of what’s the room for.

Populating the scene

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Who’ll make the first move?

This is the family/private sitting room attached to the Guild Master’s office.

The plan was for it to be the Guild Master and his wife, daughter, mother or housekeeper being very domestic, working, sewing and generally chatting, but I don’t have any figures I like for the job.  I thought I had but it seems not and I have no fancy for the gamble of homemade figures coming out the way I’d like either.

Time to play

Perhaps a further animal story, not unlike the family dining room set up might do the job, with evidence of recent human activities lying round?  Well, exactly like the family dining room, if I’m to be honest, so there’s that against the idea I suppose.

Not so sure whether this spaniel is a little early on the scene for the supposed date but he’s the right size for the job.  Might cause the mouse a little wear and tear or some other injury to try to make it look less as though it’s made of sugar, maybe.

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and from a little further back – plenty of room for embroidery and the odd book, piece of clothing etc to be lying around

Ah, I did enjoy that, it really made a change, and, although I was working near the newly glued, it fed my ever hungry curiosity and kept my busy fingers from trying out how glued was the glue.

Plastered, barred and glued


Cribbed, cabbined, confined

Window – barred

The old barring grid I’d made when doing the remodelling of the Great Hall light way back when, but never used it for the job.  More surprising than it being hoarded away is the idea that I actually knew where it was hiding.  I’ve used both bars and mock lead glazing wanting to give the impression of smaller panes in a smaller window.  Of course it also adds a little mystery as to why this little room should be so heavily barred.

Plastered and glued

A six layer cake of mock plaster panelling.  Four pieces of wood and two sections of air-drying clay impressed patterned section.  I’m hoping that by the time the ceiling is on and with the shadowy lighting it might take on a better aspect. Either that or it might shine like a folickly challenged elbow.

And thank goodness and hallelujah, we’ve swapped back cameras.  The first photo of the gabble window is one of the last taken with the other camera and the photo immediately after that is one of the first with my usual.  Nothing wrong with the camera, by the way.  My hands are too small and kept catching the mode dial on the swap, so that instead of general photography it kept moving (mid button pressing motion may I say) to another setting.  Harrumph.

Why the Scottish play quote? I borrowed part of the rhythm and thought I ought to own up.

Here’s a little something else.  I stumbled on this today when I put in a wrong link for something.  We’re not just talking here about the houses in between but the houses between the houses in between.   Are the end walls all glass do you think?

Small progress


definite progress

It has been a couple of sessions involving bobbing around and around from job to job clutching little bits of wood and a glue bottle.  From one bit of work on one surface to the other placed somewhere else whilst bits are left on the dining room table to dry out.  And what exactly has this sticky whirligigging achieved?



Back to outside

Gable top floor

Still having probs with the swapped camera so apologies for any fuzzy fotos.    Patterned barge boarding will be added down the slopes on the face of the gable to finish off the edges, so the balsa pieces are there as the base for it.

Down the other side

In the last posting I added a labelled view down the side nearest the porch.  Here’s the other side based on an older photo, but fully labelled, I think.

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Now working on panels for side wall of porch sitting room/office and, between gluing bouts on that, am fiddling on with that there gable point window and space.  Off to see what’s dried and what’s not.  See if I can put the jigsaw back together again and hope it all still fits.  Tomorrow. Or the day after, maybe.

Waiting for the roofers


and creating havoc

These  are 1:1 sized roofers to amend a job done last year, so sat around for most of the morning waiting for them to travel up-country and carry out the works.

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But first of all an amended set of shields looking less like an outbreak of spots I hope

Getting down to it

When I did get down to the 1:12 stuff it was late and decided on a smallish job trying out the lighting connections between the main building and the removable porch.  All seems more or less well.

Yes, there’s a however 

Before doing the lighting the two bits of building seemed to fit OK, nothing that wouldn’t be sorted as we progress.  And then all was light but the fitting together bit went totally to pot.  So I investigated this illogical and nonsensical anomaly.

Danger – craft knife being wielded

I should have known better but I didn’t, and therefore spent a long time making adjustments that lead to other adjustments etc.  Are we any nearer solving (a) the mystery of why and (b) the non-fitting problem itself?  A little I think, but what a mess I’ve made.

Something a little less silly

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The brick chimney with some further brickwork into the wall on that side

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And the porch not looking too bad considering the hectic knife flourishes that have taken place

I thought at this point it might be wise to back off the whole thing (why didn’t you do that sooner I hear you ask).  Instead I offer up a photo of the porch plus the rest of that side of the building and, as an unsolicited bonus have popped in a labelled photo taken from the other end down the same side.  I couldn’t back off very far mind, the room’s not that big.

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I had to climb into the shelves to get far enough away to take this ;)

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For this shot I had to go into the corridor

I do hope it all makes some sense :)

Time for tea.

Trying something out


Art Maché for plasterwork panel

There’s an area of the gable interior wall that needs a little something.  It’s a space that the cooming leans in to.

I’ll try to stop typing gobbledygook

and explain.

2 gable end wall re possible plasterwork panel

The coomed side sections of ceiling will lean in to the gable slope and either the end wall at that point would have the same covering as the cooming (patterned white wallpaper) or a little something else.  The lower part of the gable wall will be panelled up to the height of the top of the window, with the same white bits and pieces of trim above it as in the office which is the other half of this room.

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That strip plasterwork and wood trim painted white would take us up to the first dotted line on the diagram.  The second line is more or less at the flat ceiling level so the space between is where I’m thinking of the experiment going.  I hope that’s a bit clearer.  Well, I think I know what I mean …

If it is going to be a panel that goes there then it needs a good clean and straight edge. The space is a double wedge shape following the slope of the gable and I don’t have the skills to make a former out of wood or card that will be accurate enough when finished.

Aha! Foamboard to the rescue

As the former will really be a framework that will remain in place, the inside of the former can be ragged but the outer edge needs to be straight so why not cut out the centre of a piece of carefully measured foamboard? Any fancy trim can be fixed on top of the foamboard edging afterwards.  Well that’s the theory.


The card backing to the framework is fairly thin but essential to keep it in shape as the edges of the foamboard shape are very narrow and I’ve placed it to dry on a natural surface (wood) so that it should ventilate better as it dries out.

The edges of the stencil impressions are not super smooth or as regular as I’d like but I think, assuming it dries OK, that (with a kiss and a promise and a following wind) it might do the job.

Taming of the Few



Could not resist re-blogging this article, although I’m not a writer, for me it just about says everything about some of us and put a smile on my face for the day :)

Originally posted on Musings of a Madwoman:

Writers are notoriously difficult to domesticate. Solitary, aloof, shy, they startle easily and are overwhelmed by everyday things most of society takes for granted.

Like, say, society…

They are able to live for untold weeks on caffeine and chocolate and artificial light while creating worlds the depths of which would astonish the gods themselves. Contradictory creatures as well, they are often the agents of change while vehemently resisting it. They’re picky about their tools, writing ONLY with a #2/HB pencil (Roald Dahl), or a fountain pen (Neil Gaiman), or a manual typewriter (Danielle Steel), while not giving a whit about fashion, food, or fraternization. Elusive, reclusive, depressive, angst-ridden – all are common descriptors of writers. And yet everybody seems to want to be one.

As a writer myself, I can attest to the traits mentioned above. I see them in my own actions, my…

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A little bit at a time


Porch frontage

Do a layer and let it dry day

A Spot the Difference Challenge

Apologies for the washed out photos.  We’ve just swapped cameras at the moment and I’m not back into the swing of using this one.


Not so sure about the shield shapes – possibly the colour of them, not sure yet.  At the moment they look like an outbreak of spots.  The rest of it to-date seems to be coming along.

Next stage up a floor to the little window.  I don’t think I’m going to build access to this space and possibly might blank it off on the other side of the porch so that you don’t see into it.  Then again I could store some chests of this and that up there, couldn’t I?