A cat exerciser for Hogepotche
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.
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
Like many back extensions on big buildings …
randomly shaped and in shadow
giving many a green thing the opportunity
to sprout on ledge and roof
where it’s always damp
but mostly on the inner face, where there would be less air movement and it would always be dark and damp.
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.
Clay feathered friend – needs a little touching up and sealing I think
Bird on the ridge above the boy’s loft bedroom
with the dormer now tiled but still needing some trim and a shutter
With all the sealing it looks like a rainy day in this part of the mini world
It’s hard to see in this light just how much ground cover and greenery generally has been applied – will try get a less bright shot
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
or is that “Lifts off”. “Lift offs”?
Which ever it is
Almost done on the final slope and fewer tiles in the pile.
Not best pleased with these but it’ll be what it will be
This edge of this lift off fits rather nicely
and reveals a storeroom with the alleyway torch controls tucked under at the right
The larger lift off (more problematic) on the loft bedroom for the two young boys gives viewing and re-arranging access
Where is all this happening in relation to the storeroom block?
That’s a piece of tape around the alleyway torch on the lower left. I keep elbowing it each time I work on the roof at that end
Where is all this in relation to the rest of it?
On left with lift offs on. On right with lift offs off.
Facing the monster block of the great hall rear end this roof will probably have to be covered in lichen and ferns trying to establish themselves in the damp shadows of the overhang
Self-imposed deadline looming and this is probably going to go down to the very final tile in stock too.
I hear the dormer slopes calling …