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Blossoms aplenty

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inside and out

Usually my general photography goes on theinfillclicks but, as I’ve not been using it for ages, it’s probably about time to re-amalgamate the two blogs.  And why not?  I gives me the chance to offer you flowers and on such a lovely day too.

Inside

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Crassula portulacea ( Crassulaceae )
Money Plant
Also known as the Jade Plant or Friendship Tree

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and a closer look at the flowers

(Link to info re Money Plant flowering:   Desert Plants of Avalon)

Outside

Vibrant!

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Unfurling wood anemone

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Sunbathing wallflower

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Globular grape hyacinth

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Sparkling geum

And spring mix and match

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Ferns and luminous primroses
On our roadside I’ve planted up a stretch. At this end there’s shade and undergrowth for the amphibians who live here.

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Grape hyacinth, primroses and friends below an apple tree

Make room for making rooms

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As much working access as possible

The time has come to join things up a little.  I had planned to work on the fourth wall for the sitting room next, but, as this would limit access to the hallway, it has now gone much further down the list of walls to do.

A walk around the walls

Fortunately I’d marked up the floor with the room spaces, so, working to that for the wall placements and the windows I’ve cut holes and tried out some of the frames but not yet cut doorways.  The kitchen and bathroom windows haven’t been prepped and added yet but two of the four involved are in a removable section so they can go to way-down the queue for the moment along with the sitting room fourth wall.

Does it work

Hopefully there’s now access room to work on each of the ground floor areas and the semi-floating wall pieces are firm enough for all the manoeuvring that will take – with the possible exception of doorway cutting.

Hallway I think first, then that sitting room fourth wall (to be attached to the hallway) might find its time to go in.

Having said that, I’ve started on the dining room because I’m running away from putting in the stairs!  ‘Twas ever thus – give it time, it’ll come around 😉

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One wall panel and the dark lino floor – trying them in place to begin with.

Third wall and lighting

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View from the ‘street’

I do enjoy peeping into dolls houses from different angles.  In this instance, once the third wall had been finally sort of squared up and fixed, it was obvious that the room was going to be too dark with just two wall lights – so dark I couldn’t get an adequate photo to show you.  The non-working ceiling fixture needed replacing with a more useful working one.

Peering through windows and viewing the results gives me a good idea of how hanging lights are hanging and how they all work together.

The newly added one had its wire threaded the wrong side of a hanging chain thereby shortening its hang on that side.  Having looked into undoing the muddle I decided that discretion was the better part of … and that I’d probably crack the shade or bust the wire so tackled it by working round the other way and shorten the other two with a cut off piece of Glu-dot each at the point the chains attach to the shade.  Result: it pulled them up just a little bit.  Almost level now I think.

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Then, somewhat ahead of time, I added the ‘obligatory’ vase to the window cill 🙂

Lost in space

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or lack of it

This Deco Semi needs most of its structurals doing in a oner.  It takes elbow room both for the thing itself and for manoeuvring, measuring and cutting sheet materials.  And free space is always needed for making, sticking, painting and drying areas – you name it.  The last clean out just wasn’t good enough, thus I have spent lots of time sorting, (well sort of sorting) cleaning and rearranging almost every shelf, surface, drawer etc to make even more surface area available.  My knees are now knackety and my vacuum cleaner clogged but I think I might be at an ‘on we go’ moment once more.

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Room for one only in here though – visitations only in the doorway.

Time, how she flies!

Oops, missed the moment

Instead it turned out to be what is known around these parts as a deployment of “Distract-a-cat policies” (from when we used to have cats).  Which translates well as “oh look, there’s a shiny thing”.

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All gone now

Distracting me from? 

  • Putting together the rest of the shell of the building:
    • the pieces are spread over the dining table (thank goodness for its existence) and they are awaiting all the battens to keep them square and straight – which have arrived so can’t put off much longer.
  • Placing a third wall for the sitting room and the completion of the ceiling:
    • been sneaking around it, doing a bit of the trim and clean of the existing ‘doings’ and prepping that third wall; just too chicken to put it in place at the moment.  Either I’ll sneak up on it or it will sneak up on me.

And distracting with?

Antimacassars

Crawling around and cleaning up had cleaned me out of umph and stiffened me up fit to be a scarecrow, so felt like sitting with needle and thread one morning.

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Nothing fancy but it kept me merry for the morning.

 Now gone quiet

Shhhh
deep concentration

I’m trying very hard to work out the furniture to go with those antimacassars.