Category Archives: Front Porch

Disappeared into a world of ones own?

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Imagine a line drawn cartoon style: 

line representing ditch; objects eg spade, a sock, bricks briefly appearing, airborne above the rim of the pit, only to disappear below once more.  General mumble of noises off as sound-track.

Hi there, I’m down here

Had my head down and been ploughing on – I can see the finishing line somewhere down the weeks and months ahead (but almost definitely this year) – go, go, go – getting breathlessly involved.

Results?

Frontage, façade, street face, front
Done
More or less

Mug shots – facade

Coming up for air

Sudden burst of late afternoon sun after a day or two of variable and dreary light so went out for a walk and to bathe in the warmth.  Glorious, bluebells on the hills, birds swooping and diving all around, freedom and I start to breathe a little. The mind is set free to wander along with the feet.  But even out here I can still see the jobs to hand and begin to wonder how many pieces of wood I’d handled in the last few days doing just the two remaining fourth walls on the attic (schoolroom and red bedroom).  I reckoned up that these two have about 120 – 150 pieces give or take between them and there are a few more around the model itself, that’s for sure, so how many for the whole house inside and out over the last five years?

Don’t think I want to know that really.

In other news

When the light was better at the beginning of last week(?) I began to dress the two workers for round the back of the house (the ones I used to start the energy ball rolling on these last stretches) and will return to them, light permitting between the remaining jobs.

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A back view of extension. These last two builders are working just the other side of that transverse ridge on the extension

Also, whilst all that wood was a-drying a bit at a time, I’ve gone all out and designed the kitchen extension block; worked out the layout and started to build it too!  More of that much later.

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Running straight on from the kitchen at the back is a raised base to hold six separate small cubby holes: stores and dairy etc.

What’s not done?  Er, that’ll be the chimney removable panels I’m afraid.  But I will do it – soon.

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Rather milky looking view of down side with missing chimney panel. The room top left in photo has caught a rather atmospheric shadow on its inner roof (why kept photo really)

Firstly

I must crawl all over the whole external surface of the entire house and do all the bits I’ve missed.  There are small pieces of wood, stone and brick needed for edges of walls, camouflage missing on undersides and many touch ups of paint-work here and there.

Send out the search parties if I’ve not emerged by a week on Friday.

Slotting bits together

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to see if compatible walling

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Some of the sum that makes the whole

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Edgings and finishes

Overlaps and joins

Some of the many parts that need finishing off on a piece are the edges.

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The section I’m currently working on (the street) is next to the porch section and is a rectangle whose edges are as follows:

  • front – straight and of more or less similar depth all the way and this can be finished with a wood trim of suitable strip wood or moulding, so that’s fairly straight forward and I’ll use a piece of 1:24 skirting I think
  • back – straight but of varying depth from relatively thin to many layers thick and so cannot be finished with a wood trim, for example see photo below
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Variable layers – at the back the thickest is made up like this, but that edge needs covering

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Looking rather like a badly chocolate coated mallow, strips of paper coloured with marker pen and heavily glued and moulded into place

  • side next to the porch section – very thin but not straight – has an elbow indent in it
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Used the same paper and glue treatment with this single thickness edge down the side by the porch section. Looks painted but it’s two layers: one hardboard and one card.

  • outer – straight, the majority is constant depth but has an overhang from the hill that breaks up the straight line look but causes a gap underneath
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Hill overhanging the edge (on purpose) but large gap below needs dressing. Step one is newspaper/glue stuffing and brown paint

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Step two is tipping the whole thing on its side, smearing with clear and smelly glue and shaking dark rough sand all over it, giving it a bit of a rock-like finish – sort of

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The edge needs a little dressing up with bits of found wood – here we have what’s left of ‘the blasted oak’ on the corner of the hillock

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and I’ve added bit of log for no particular reason along the back and central section too

Now everything needs to sit and settle a little.

Further fixtures and fittings

A new tree

Whilst doing the overhang side I felt the urge for a new tree to supplement the tall, skinny one on the right.  It’s just about visible (but still bare) on the photo above.

I’ve taken a bit of herb branch but it had no stem to stick in to the hill sheer slope.

Using a bradawl to punch a whole in the hill and glue on the now set cocktail stick, the tree now grows in amongst its friends and awaits some foliage.

The sheep finally find their way home

Till now they’ve only been in place in mock-ups but at last they’re securely housed with straw and grass.

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Here they are, looking a little sheepish are they not?

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All nicely bedded down

Are we there yet?

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And the answer is?

Almost(ish)

At least on this section – probably

What’s next?

Last photo (showing bought-in cart) is the area that needs dealing with.

  • Directly in front of the porch section there are plans for a piece of muddy street that will be attached and come away with the porch.
  • Behind the porch and in front of the boy in the window is a very small area which needs adding to the boy’s section so that it will come away when that is opened.  The plan is for something a little higher than the cobbled area already in place on the porch.
  • The larger area falls under the heading of fixed in place.  Some, nearest the boy and window piece, needs to be very flat so that it doesn’t impede the free opening of that section, but the rest can be pile and ridged and rutted, always assuming that is something that I can achieve.

Where did I put that plaster of paris roll, I wonder.  Might use that to augment the Art Maché and play with them both on a cardboard base and just see what comes out of it.  Mud pie time!