Turning the singing hinny
(Singing Hinny recipe link)
His footwear, looking like a pair of pantoufle that no one else wants let him down a bit, but otherwise he looks ready and able to turn the singing hinny/griddle scones
It’s a hot job leaning in like that
and it’s making him red in face, but he has his hand well wrapped.
It’s busy busy in the kitchen
Working on the facade
I’ve been working this week on the area directly below the corridor off the sitting room.
But what about that office I was building?
I’d love to be adding the rest of the office at this point but to do that I need to build the porch because the other half of the room is in it. I would’ve done this now but decided to define the space it will be going in better before starting. And to do that, the rest of the frontage needs to exist.
The boy at the window
First catch your window
I’ve always imagined a fairly continuous line of window going down the front, just offset from centre. The newly built corridor and the area below it are it, so it’s window time again. The downstairs window has always had, in my mind’s eye, a figure sitting and reading.
The downstairs area in need of a window
A mix and match long window – don’t like the stone/brickwork though
On the inside we have a window seat
Brother to the two poorly girls?
Seated in the window with book, but not reading it
Took away the stone/brick work and went salmon pink
Will add some stone and woodwork below where mice play at the moment
I’m not planning to have this window (plus boy) as a removable section, though I’m hoping to make the upstairs corridor window slide out.
So this is probably the last time we’ll ever see the back of the boy in the window
There is going to be (I think) a maid folding bedding in the corner nearest the window. This particular doll’s face is heavily painted, so I’m going to do something about it with a pin and a finger nail. Even if she doesn’t end up working in the bedroom, there’ll be another worker to go somewhere in the rest of the house that has yet to be done.
Very dark eyes and over red mouth
Reduction in colouring
Dressed but uncrumpled
Halfway through the creasing process
Put aside to finish the creasing
Unless I need the stiffness of a freshly made skirt to hold up the figure, I like to crease their clothing a little to get it to look as though it has some ‘hang’. I wet the skirt and wrap it in an elastic band – (those in the UK given to going to supermarkets might recognize the blue band usually found on the broccoli!) This character is supposed to be sitting and bending forward dealing with the truckle bed so her skirt needs to be well creased and out of the way.
Decisions made and figures added
Meanwhile at the back of the room
Kitchen skivvy and log carrier (from http://www.nickybott.com/) with affectionate hound – they’ve moved from the other fireplace in the Great Hall
Where they are in the Great Hall extension
and down the complete Great Hall from half-landing by entrance
Man, boy, food and drink
Always a cat under the table
and one more from further in showing other fireplace
Oh, and yes, I have dyed William’s hair reddish brown to go with the furniture, rather than leaving him white blond and also given him a new collar and cuffs too.