Category Archives: Ground Floor

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

Make room for making rooms


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.

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