Category Archives: 30s-50s attics

A pinch of this a pickle of that

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Still working on the levels and angles for the roof joins and the ridges but between times have played with whatever caught my fancy.

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Fixed in what I’ve got so far in this third attic space, added a ceiling and roof support beams. Perhaps need one or one-and-a-half more things in there(?)

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Whilst manoeuvering the house pieces I caught sight of this view into the sitting room. I can’t remember what that Penguin paperback on the bureau is but it seems tea is still being served.

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Have added a rather ragged feather duster to the woman down the side of the house, thereby giving her the opportunity for busily leaning over the fence shaking out the dust but really seeing what’s going on around and about.
She needs to be careful she doesn’t set fire to those feathers with her cigarette.

Time for a paddle?

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Beads and wires

and bits of paper and card with the odd length of cotton too.

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Some vague look of depth of water on the false bottom of the tank arrived at after four or five layers of Triple Gloss with paint washes and splashes sandwiched between and topped off with a final Triple Gloss coating.

Guess what, this week the water supply mechanism failed here in the village – again.  It’s fixed once more (we hope) and last night there was rain which, thankfully, has brought down the temperature a little.

Waiting on the postman

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We were lucky, we now have water to the village, but still no real rain.  I suspect that is the same for most of us in the UK at the moment.

What I don’t have yet are some of the items needed to be able to trot on with the present mini tasks.  But it’s getting there, that is the project and hopefully also the parcels of goodies.

The water tank and plumbing

Over done the detail a bit, do you reckon?  Most certainly made siting it in place a contortionist’s delight 😀

The rest of the space and where it is

Either the house inhabitants are big water users or the tank looks over-sized because we don’t usually view one at the same time as beds, chairs and other the other bits of life’s furniture and dressings.

As you can see, this storage space is at the top of one of the inner faces from where the slice has been removed.  On the left we can just about make out the girl’s bedroom and the beginning of the entrance hallway below it.

Tomorrow, with luck, the water effect may arrive, then, once that’s set enough, the tank can finally be wrestled into place.

Time to install the water tank

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Third, and last, attic space

We’ve just had a little rain here ‘up north’, not enough but thankfully not too much.  I understand from the general weather forecast that the south and west in the UK is about to have a deluge; not good.

A dry tale
plans for a water tank, but no water

Over the last day and a half most of the village has had no water supply and here I am, set on doing my next mini task of building the water tank!  Unfortunately the river is so low I don’t think I could have scooped up a bucket or two for the essentials.

I’d been putting off this min-ing job as there was so many other things needing attention and had allocated today to get at it as it were – I am such a sucker for a timetable.

It’s an unfortunate coincidence that the water had ceased to run here just as I was determined to at last give the tank building a go.  Stupidly refusing to be totally deterred, I’ve ended up being wasteful of baby wipes instead of water using them to clean my hands and have been reusing brushes and everything else whenever possible.  At the end I stood the brushes and bits of sponge in approximately half an egg cup of the water that we had been hoarding over the last 24 hours or so from the hot water cistern .

Where is this third space?

It’s directly above the boys’ bedroom.

The door we’re looking through, its wall and bit of floor are attached to the slice of house and the bits of other attic we can just about make out are the wireless room and bit of its ceiling and the very edge of the space that houses the stirrup pump and broken jack-in-the-box.

Tank and room

I’ve gone for a galvanised and riveted tank something like this image from a reclamation site.

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Not got any water effect left that hasn’t gone solid so have just order some to ‘pour’ over the false bottom to give a water level. Must remember to insert the ballcock before pouring the water effect.
Still got the supporting framework to make, and all the plumbing to add but this is it so far, rivets, rust and all 🙂

On the real world domestic water front, we have been very lucky and the engineers were able to fix the pumping equipment early this afternoon (bore hole supply) and we now have running water once more.