Category Archives: scenery and street

Upcycled recycled for down slopes on dormer

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Still a hoarder

This time it’s recycled card envelopes used to house the 2nd hand books bought online.

Mock wood beams

One of the removable roof sections needs to lie flush on its support and the card is half the thickness of the thinnest wood strip I’ve got so was ideal to act as beams cut in with the white painted ceiling covering.

Flexible covering for rough dormer roof

Whilst waiting for the card items to dry

Stepping stones for chickens

Growing trees for the street scene

Time out to paint a plate

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Had a fancy to paint a plate by way of a change. Looks a bit lumpy but I really enjoyed the doing

and to bake mini-ish carrot and cinnamon cakes

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Got ‘hungry’ for cake – carrot and cinnamon gluten free sweetened with a very little coconut sugar

and eat half of one

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with homemade yoghurt and a piece of 85% chocolate

That’s what I call a good afternoons’ skiving 😉

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Fixed v Removable

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On the one hand … and on the other

Storeroom roof sections

Am considering the whole roof being removable though, because of the many changes in slope, it might prove hard to realign quickly when all it’s been raised for is to put on the lights.

The lighting switch section (possibly plural – see photos below) need to be removable.  The rest is two bedrooms, one of which will be accessible for the smaller hand and one which will not if the roof is permanent, and one dead space with nowt going on in it.  Still thinking of practicalities of compromise and will get back to you on that.

Meanwhile as a combo with the above problem I’ve been doing some bits of landscaping as it were and decided I didn’t like the light level in the alleyway created between the storeroom block and the great hall block and that, if possible a torch light might help a little at least.

Torch in the alleyway

The grey card in the last photo will be red tiles (eventually) and the chicken photo was taken before the over-painting of the torch so not sure how much light still gets out and must check that again.

The controls for this one fairy light are now parked in the roof space above it in the storerooms.  As I had two strings of fairy lights I’ve sacrificed 9 lights of the spare set, cutting them off the string and leaving just the first one for use in the torch.

Back to the roof

I’m leaning towards Tilda’s side of the slopes being a mix of fixed and the lighting control at that end which does the rooms below, being a removable small piece about 3″ x 4″.  The inner slope may have to be totally removable, partly so that I can fiddle with that loft bedroom later on plus the new lighting control section behind that bedroom.  Hmmmm.  Still thinking.

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Get a life, kid, get a life

Did you know that there are about 39 mini figures in, on and around this structure?  I say ‘about’ because I’ve still not dressed the two old builders on the back roof and there’s a couple of figures I’m working on for the kitchen – (once I’d prepped the bread maker the kitchen looked lopsided so another small one is to be added I think.)

I couldn’t believe it was so many, but I did a roll call and there they were, or almost.

The idea was to make some sort of chart of which folk are connected; which ones live in the Hall and where they sleep and who the other others are and what they’re doing there.  And 39 it was.

A busy household at a festive time

There’s the main family, the Riddinglys and two others, the Padgets and the deVanders, with family groupings amongst the workers too.

The current Master of the guild is Thomas Riddingly and his uncle Matthew was Master before him.  Thomas’s parents also live in Hogepotche, and Matthew is visiting at the moment.  Thomas has one daughter, Catherine who is widowed and she and her three children live here with the parents and grandparents.

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(for John and Jane see The 1616 inhabitants  and From mirror to room
for Thomas and Mary and also Faith see The jobs that time forgot and
A life of their own
for Catherine and Susannah see Woman and child
and for Catherine’s daughters and mother-in-law see The red-headed sisters and
Posh caller from the Low Countries

For many of the other featured folk they can be found in The ins and outs, and postings under the Great Hall and Great Hall extension menus on the ground floor of Hogepotche Hall

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Visitors

Other visitors are Thomas’s sister, Faith and a gossiping neighbour (Philippa Butler) and Catherine’s mother-in-law, Isobel, who has brought her other grandchildren, Will and Susannah with her.

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The daily workers in Hogepotche Hall

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The clerks can each been found either in the committee rooms of the upper Great Hall or the reception office of the Hall just off the Porch, whilst the other men and the first skivvy are in the Great Hall or the Porch, the middle girl is in the girl’s bedroom and the bucket chucker can be found at
Picking up the box lid wall

Missing from the gallery

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The unclothed bread maker in the kitchen and a fireside skivvy yet to be assembled, let alone dressed.

On the roof

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The builders can be found mostly at Using the roof as a room setting

And on the street

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And the street scenes can be found in and around
Just a little more drying time

More stats for you:  there are eight dogs and, at the moment, seven cats but there’s another on the way possibly.  There are numerous birds in and on the building and a few hens with chicks near the kitchen.  A small village in and of itself?

I think I’ve been consistent in naming throughout and I’ve tested the links.  Hope it works for you 😉

Ah, reality, where art thou?  Oh, there you are.  Not so good eh?  Back to the little people possibly?

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.