and a flurry of activity – with photos


Arguments to consider during problem solving

Deep breath and am away again, off up the last few slopes of this mini mountain.

Starting a task without having a total solution

  • Dreadful habit, improvisation can go only so far and it does mean that all ‘works’ on any such job go in fits and starts whilst there’s a great deal of pondering on some half-baked idea, mocking it up and pondering some more. (Experimenting is all well and good but this bit is solidly about hiding things under the carpet as it were, not flights of fancy.)
  • Item to be ‘hidden under the carpet’: covering the horizontal gap caused by double wall with wire in.  If need access at that point will have to cut into outer wall (am OK with that)
theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall – wall head gap with wire

The offending gap

Position:  moving from flat roof area to vertical face, and after a balustrade

Description: horizontal, long and thin (non-symmetrical and all dimensions fixed), insufficient depth, back to front, to create rake to give small slope

The trick is going to be coming up with a solution that I like and that doesn’t solve the problem by creating even more.

Solution 1:  largish piece of normal sized moulding which will cover the whole thing


Against:  bulky, stands too high at rear edge and demands the eye rather than blending in

Solution 2:  paint like more lead roof area
Against:  enough already and will be another stripe of grey across that face like some road crossing (see making of lead strip in Mind the Gap)

Solution 3:  find various pieces of mini moulding that can be put together to make a whole that might be less demanding for the eye of the observer

Against:  might be fiddly and will definitely need simplifying into as few pieces as possible but still does not fulfill the simplicity requirements.

Solution:  keep thinking about it.

Two day’s later

Kept trying out mock-ups of possibilities but am going all out for the more delicate moulding pieces because of their ‘delicacy’, an over complex solution or not.

theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall – stripwood pieces and adapting them

Takes a couple of days for the process of glue and paint drying for all these things.  The balustrade has to be clamped and wedged at 90º whilst drying so no vibrations around the whole area therefore all work stops

theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall – stripwood pieces in place

Build your own moulding in place – clamp on balustrade at top of image and heavy gray lead gutter for join to extension below as in Mind the Gap

theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall – adding some greenery at height

Time for some whimsy and a little ledge greenery. Well it’s a flat surface and anything might grow up there

Why didn’t I use roof tiles?  Considered it but felt that the whole visible area in this part of the house consists of very homemade looking items.  It will be sandwiched between two roof tiled areas, one above one below the ledge, but any tiles that might be applied to the ledge would be lying flat and need cutting about probably for each and every one.  Thought it looked ‘neater’ in homemade finish and went for it.

Behind the balustrade

This area of flat roof, like its counterpart on the other side of the back attic, covers the lighting controls for its side of the building.  There’s a trapdoor for quick access to the on/off switch and fuse plus two ‘rope’ handles, one at each end, to lift the whole roof piece off for more major goings on.  It’s just a flat piece of card slotted in behind the L-shape of the balustrade.

Review of decision

theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall – over view of new ledge

On the whole the terracotta colouring and the daintier moulding combo looks OK and disappears nicely into the brickwork and balustrade areas. Certainly better than another lead line across would have looked

Bit late now, but I think I like it 😉

What’s next?

Well, there’s a little man to go on this part of the building, probably climbing in over the balustrade, cornily echoing the figure directly below on the great hall balcony.

Will deal with the second man later, but am hopeful that these two figures will give a feeling of things linking together with the other roof workers.  Then there needs to be one or two more bits of wood/tree/branch etc lying about on the new flat roof and the back slope of the extension.  Plus I want to add some birds’ nests.  Got the birds (Magpie Miniatures) but not sorted the nests yet.

Two side items:

  • Cleaning a paint brush

Steve was cleaning a paint brush yesterday (he’d been painting up the outside of the porch – full size not mini).  The brush had been kept in water for a day or two in case there was a little more to do but now he wiped it back and forth on the (unfortunately) ever present kitchen towel.

theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall - kitchen towel with pattern enhanced

and he produced this – pause for thought, though not very hard-wearing it certainly makes me think of ’70s wallpaper and fabrics – hmmm

  • Mushroom food trays

My favourite container of the moment is the 10” long supermarket plastic container we get containing large mushrooms.  They are approximately 4” wide and are great to use as holders for the elements of each new stage or task.  I use one either popped on part of the roof whilst I’m up a ladder or, for doll construction/dressing I collect all the disparate bits into a different one and they all get popped on a serving tray so that they can be carted around from point to point as a related group according to need – usually to the kitchen table where the light is better.  It’s so easy afterwards to sort their contents back into their original hidey-holes.  And they stack really well too.

[Having to share a computer at moment as Steve’s has gone phut so sneaking in when can – aaaaagh!  Back when can 🙂 ]


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