A revisit with old friends


Odd session in the potting shed

Well, a cleaning session is always a bit odd. First of all I wonder who has made such a mess, knowing full well it can only be me, but still cross about it. You must admit that is just a bit odd. Plus today it included sorting out the back of the house: the kitchen area and the Great Hall stuff, so that there’s room to work on that face because the back of the attic faces over that way.

I’ve barely seen the back of the house for I don’t know how long. It’s been covered with protective card to keep some of the gross flying mess out of the rooms but, but of course it still needs a good clean, and it turns out, a number of things anchoring down that I’ve been studiously ignoring as they rattled around every time the model was moved.

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A whole glu dot on the base of the wood bundle for by the fire

As mentioned previously, I like to use Bostik Glu Dots for firming things in place: the only time I’ve had trouble with them is on wooden furniture and that was probably because they had been polished by the makers. Today’s arranging and sticking down involves both furniture and objects (apologies to the dog in front of the fire who also needs placing).theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean 1:12 dolls house blog - the infill dolls house blog – Bostik glu dots for fastening items in the house

One dot cut up in many pieces for plates, jugs and goblets as well as the feet of the court cupboard – lying down and nothing has fallen off

Well on with the cleaning – it’s amazing how far bits of cut tile can travel.  Have a good weekend all ;)


The workers need equipment


Make some, buy some

Having played with cupolas and decided I wasn’t having any, I’ve backed tracked and am going with just the central, back one.  It’s been updated yet again and, whilst it’s drying I took inventory of what equipment I’ve hoarded for the 1:12 workers.

Hammers, adze-like bits and axes I’ve got but there’s a need for at least one block and tackle or plain pulley, so that’s what I’ve been doing this afternoon.

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Some balsa shaped into the pulley and placed on a toothpick spindle. The blocks vary: one is obeche and the other balsa again. Hooks and hanging loops are florists’ wire and of course that’s parcel string as rope.  I’m thinking there’s equipment and tarpaulin to be hoisted up and debris and possibly tree bits to be bagged and lowered down.  Now we need ladders.

Just a little bit more

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Such a sunny day (though cold) so there were lots and lots of sunny day things to do, but made time to creep into the workroom and glue tiles up to the ridge – this place needs a tarpaulin.

The oblong gap at bottom left is for the body of a chimney running up the outer edge of the roof.



Roof Mayhem 1

Because of the large foot print of the house I knew the area of the roof was going to be very big. It could be either very tall with very few gables spreading out over long reaches or it could be broken up into smaller gable sections which is the way I’ve gone, adding three gabled areas, one not quite flat or sloping area and two small, flat leaded areas. Because I knew it would result in an awful lot of all red colour spreading out for ever, quite early on I went for an area to be under construction or improvement by the little people who inhabit the 1:12 world so that there would be a storyline going on up there on the roof too.

Eventually the back story for the building scene settled on storm damage in the back attic block.

The first slope

(as usual, just click on a photo to reach a larger  version of the image)

The second slope

As you can see it’s the back one of the four attic sections that’s in poor nick (not very likely you think?) but there will be a tremendous amount of clearing up to do for the workers. Not sure how many labourers we’re going to need, possibly three up on the roof itself, possibly more. Still thinking about that.

Meanwhile there’s the bit of tiling still to do on the second side of the ruin and all of the ridge of the house, both broken and whole plus all the debris with possibly bits of tree etc to be strewn around and about.  Fun, fun, fun :)