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Pulling out of warp

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Nearly made it!

Wanting to build more cheaply this time if possible (ha ha) I decided on foam board.  5 mm Kapa-line board to be exact as it is less prone to distortion over time (though the advice I’ve seen is really talking about much smaller models – proper models in fact).  I also knew that I’d need to glue cross battens along the walls (very useful for holding wallpapered inner panels and hiding any wiring) to encourage the foam board to stay ‘square’ when its ends and sides are fixed and also if it has some sides floating in the air, such as in the photo below .

A question of timing

Now, you can start with the best of warp resisting materials but knowing that I never consistently cut square when needed, nor glue square etc etc etc this was a gamble at my best of times and the master plan needed doing smoothly and as quickly as was possible.  I’m talking a cake’s slice section of the house made up of most of the frontage, down most of one side and containing the sitting room and master bedroom; so not very big but there are major corners and tie-ins that, with my gift for inconsistency have the odd undue pressure here and there that required assistance.  I’d done most of them and some will have to be masked later, but was progressing through the plan.  Christmas was looming and I figured that 10 days, though a gamble would be OK to leave it.

Not the best of times

But it’s been nearly 8 weeks since I could continue with the actual build due to a bout of this and that, so what was there has had time to sit in varying winter temperatures and moisture levels and do its thing all by itself.

All I can say is that with the long ignoring of its needs I’m lucky I’m not returning to a total corkscrew of a house section.

Been chicken about the wallpaper

but finally had to get down to it as there was nowhere else to go with it at present.

Next up?

Decide on the fireplace for this room as not that happy with half-done one. Then need to do it so that can work around the chimney breast with wallpaper and keep trotting round to the third wall of this section of the house.

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 😉

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?