1. Very little fuss

If any at all

We got the house out of the Potting Shed.  Oh yes we did.  Room door off the hinges, both table top extensions removed from the model, all interference fit walls safely housed elsewhere, and with a little navigating, it slid out, manoeuvred round the corners, through two other doorways and all with no obvious damage done.  Not even to the personnel.  Can you believe it?!

Standing like an eye-sore

theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall – out of the workroom

More elbow room and the dining table readied for the many paints and glues needed for the touching up and finishing off. There are lots of little corners left to dry that never saw the return of the finisher.  Got to get a lower table under this, sooner rather than later.  It does look incredibly top heavy.

Now that I can see the dratted thing more clearly and can climb a little higher, there’s work going on behind the scenes, over and under the whole monster model to finish it off, just a miniature touch-up a little bit at a time. One must ration one’s ladder climbing – well this one must.

2. Circling Round

This whole project thing started with its front door with a wood frame/brick building and great hall with plasterwork.  It very quickly moved on to an ‘older’ stone built great hall extension at the back.   It is in the shadow of this oldie that the last piece yet to be built has to go.

Thinking about

making the new build of the last big bit match the very first big bit done 5 years ago.  The new kitchen addition probably needs a little stonework adding to bring it in line with the older side, but also brickwork and timber for a nod towards the newer as the eye travels up and down the sides of the building.

How much stonework

Well, as little as possible as it takes longer to do than the brickwork panels and the chosen colouring from 5 years ago is very, very drear and uninspiring.

theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall – great hall extension head room space

The space left for the height of the kitchen walls is limited by the overhang on the great hall extension. You can see what I mean about the drear stonework colour

Worriting at it I started to think about Blackfriars in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the way the remains of the buildings there have been used over the centuries since the dissolution of the monasteries.  Started in the C13, there are still standing buildings that have many features of the period which during the 1550s were given over to trades guilds.  Various sections have been kept in use one way or another with restoration here and there.

There are also bases of long gone buildings on the site as well as modern construction added around and about in a C20 idea of a nod to the old.

I recall standing there in the rain thinking about continuing with my invented mishmash of a model which by then had been going for about a year, and thinking that perhaps it might partially be a guild building.  I could have some in stone as though this guild was using the original monastic buildings and possibly using some of the stone elsewhere mixed in with later materials and fashions as in Blackfriars.  I could imagine the stubs of stone walls being used as the ground plan for outbuildings perhaps.

Well it’s been a right mix and match since then and there doesn’t seem any good reason to continue with it.  I’ll try a little stone scavenged from ‘the site’ and used at the base of the kitchen walls.  But only a very little.

3.  Beginning again


Blackfriars, Newcastle-upon-Tyne


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  1. Pingback: ‘Construct-a-kit’chen | theinfill

    • Recently remeasured it cos it has to have a better table to stand on. It’s approx 58″ back to front with all the extension bits on and about 27″ side to side. Height varies and I’m never sure where to measure from. I suppose it’s about 30 – 36″ from table top to the highest bit. It’s a whole ‘village’ in one multi-purpose complex 😉

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