Fairy lights were my undoing


You’ll laugh – this was about to be a slightly heavy sounding piece entitled “Moulding the shape with thought” with a subtitle of “Forecasting homemade problems and working through them”  Seriously it really was.  I bet you’re relieved that it’s not about to be that.  Why isn’t it?  Well I got kidnapped when going to take a photo is what happened.

The story starts here

Got to give you as quick a digest of the pretentious bit first so’s you can follow what happens thereafter.

Wordy bit first:  about needing plans etc and following them through but looking ahead to see what’s going to trip up the best laid of those plans and needs seeing to ahead of time.

Problem in pointfairy lights – continuous string to be wound in and out and round the whole structure at loft level.  How will it work, does it work?

theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall – window - too low a loft for useMedieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall – window opening screen - using string of fairy lights for kitchen block

Looping through the string of fairy lights

Qs arising

  • How is the wire to be hidden?
  • How many will be wasted because they don’t fit the room positions?
  • If the wire is hidden between lower ceiling and loft floor, is loft overall height that’s left enough or are the mini fellas going to have to go on hands and knees to get to bed?
theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall – window - too low a loft for use

Plan A: wiring between ceiling and floor sandwich

Ceiling floor sandwich:  don’t like what I see when I try it.

An alternative:
Qs arising:

  • How many lights can run around inner face of outer wall upstairs so wiring mostly hidden from viewer by loft low wall?
  • Will the lights reach around both long outer walls of building?

Better.  The lights reach around both sides with only one bulb ‘wasted’.

This raises second question.

Space or spaces?

Loft plan made up of one long thin room and one dead space on other side of mid wall to house electric control.  Now looks like a dead area needed both sides.  On living space side where tighter fit wiring won’t go flat to anything and needs hiding and will still need one for controls on the other side.

However this does highlight the free, maybe useful space in previously planned dead space where lights cross from other side – possible linen room?  Or is this just me off on one of my fantasies again and should I be hauled back?

theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall – possible available space

Possible available space – probably use about 4 – 5 inches of it.

photo of a length of fairy lights

theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall – long wire from control to first light

Long wire from control to first light of ten in string

The above reminder label in the text is as far as I got when off I went to obey and get the needed photo to show lengths of wire.

This is not the photo I intended to get.  These are the ones in the above photos in position on the premises.  Yup I yanked them out.

It was supposed to be the last photo needed but I was definitely wrong about that.

I’d original bought two sets and chosen one because it looked neater, made with lighter weight wiring that might be easier to hide away and came ready with batteries in it.

theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall – comparison of wiring in two sets of fairy lights

We’re working in mini after all – wouldn’t you go for the finer, less twisted wiring too?

I actually went to get the other set of ten to photograph and noticed that the space between light bulbs was longer. Hmmm.  Taking the risk of making the holes in the cardboard walls and ceiling even more ratty edged and bigger, I removed the slender set and inserted the chunky set.  I was ever the fiddler!

Laugh?  I thought I’d never stop.  (Don’t think I’ve really laughed since last Friday morning’s news broadcast but it certainly helped me feel a little cheerier in my mini world.)  Not only was there no longer a light bulb not in use but there was now one for the possible new room space and one just able to loop back through for a wall candle in the loft bedroom.

And the total decider is that the lights are much, much warmer.

theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall – warmer light from second string of fairy lights

Cosy in there? Don’t know yet if can bundle all that wiring into the ‘hollow wall wire hiding’ plan but we’ll see.  That chunk of wood is not permanent it’s holding up the central wall.

Altering design?

Possibly.  At first I thought “where do you fit a ladder to get to this possible extra room?” but now I’m not sure that I need one.

theinfill Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall – relationship of new space to women's bedroom

Possibility of putting in a doorway and a couple of steps down?

On the building front

Why?  Well if you click on this link you’ll find a staddle barn at Cowdray near Midhurst, and, if you look at it really closely it seems to have had ivy removed from its tile clad face, leaving little twigs and stems.  I just fancied putting a little of it back here.


I’m going back to the brick and stone laying job, hoping to get one more set of corners permanently fixed in place.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get another, more decisive run at the fairy lights once the central wall can be fixed in place.   Travelling hopeful, moulding the shape with my mind 🙂


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