Category Archives: Ground Floor

Floor at ground level (also some places known also as 1st floor) of Hogepotche Hall

One man and his dog


No sheep involved

Slept badly and filled in down-time by looking for something from year’s ago on own site (how sad can one get?) and came across this piece from five year’s ago.

My first dressed figure, butchered from a bought in standard chap for whom I’ve still got a soft spot and thought I’d share him with you once again.

Anyone at home 1 – the build of a Falstaffian figure, perhaps

I hope you enjoy him – and his dog 🙂

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Bit more awake

Now I think I know what day it is and have, more or less, got myself together, here are a few of the original photos that didn’t make the first cut and which might explain better the description of his clothes and face alterations.  I’d had the doll for some time, partially messed about by me (changing the body shape, giving him hair) and hadn’t had the nerve to finish him.  But having done one or two others that had been less drastically altered, I finally jumped in and sorted this one out.


The last puss-cat arrived


A cat exerciser for Hogepotche

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Glad this kitten arrived today. I’d been looking for just such a fellow to peek through the steps and here he is.  I must affix him and his friends in place.

Just the new table additions to finish on this sometime when we can both get our hands to it 😉    There are cubby-holes for electrics to put in place and a half door needs building for each cubby before the whole project can be shifted over.  Soon.

Greening of the roof

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Can just make out some of the greening from here.
That table is to ‘go’ and a sturdier, wooden one will take its place

Wet and dark

but mostly on the inner face, where there would be less air movement and it would always be dark and damp.

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Thankfully this bird is still here this morning

The greenery dust is model railway ground cover (three shades mixed) and the tufts are from model war-games suppliers.  One coat of dust was added pre matt sealant and a second shaken in a few placed here and there whilst that coating was very wet, hopefully giving the greenery a little more added depth(?)

Onwards and upwards – literally

Now clearing up (a little) and working on the replacement table.  We bought a second-hand modern trestle and Steve has sanded it down and is extending it a little to take the Hogepotche monster.  Oh yes he’s adding castors too.  I’m staining and sealing it as and when and we hope to get it done in the next week or so.  Then it’s all hands to the pump again for lift off and refit.

Meantime lots of surfaces need a sealing coat, some folk need glu dotting into place, and the roof scene needs to be brought to completion.  I’m just going to get that ladder.




Dressing the roof area

I fancied a bird’s nest on the very end of the storeroom ridge (where it ceases to be a double ridge and becomes single) above the doorway in the end loft.  So I wove a nest of just under 0.5” (1.27 cm) out of raffia and very thin rosemary twiglets, glued it (with a bit of toothpick spike through into the building to help hold it in place) and affixed a very small (bought) bird into its new home.  There it was, all snuggled in and I blithely left it to its do its own thing whilst I carried on with the roof jobs at the other end of the building, such as adding greenery and staining and sealing the externals.

Well, you can tell from the title what happened next.

One hour later

The bird had flown.  I did a finger tip search of the floor, the work surface, my clothing, shoes, inside the model, everywhere – no bird.

I’ve since made a small clay one to take its place but it’s just not the same.

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Clay feathered friend – needs a little touching up and sealing I think

On with cleaning up and finishing off the little bits all around the house.  Not far to go – but it does include a rather high ladder.  Gulp