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Last tile maybe?

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No electricity for coming up to six hours yesterday, so most things stopped around here once it started to get dark and cold.  Lots of running around outside retrieving things and weighting things down in the gusting winds.

Managed to work on with the last of the roof for some of the time.

But first, that other chimney

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Working on the join

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Here we are at the rounded ridge moment. This is going to be a bit of a lengthy job, with lots of drying time needed

There’s also the chimneys to work on and,  now that my finger nails have grown once more, there are more ivy kits to put together.  Lots to keep idle hands busy and old minds ferreting away.

And around we go

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The roof of three parts

Time to spin the house around

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Phew!  More or less got the front slope as far as it can go until the rest is in place.

Am hoping to add a wider collar of sorts to the chimney stacks along with the top and chimney pots, but will probably leave decision on size etc until all slopes are done.

Working with the cardboard tile strips is a like handling stiff fringing or tasseling because each tile can act just a little independently, splaying one way or the other.  This can get them jiggled out of alignment but can also be useful for adding the interest of a wonky tile here and there.

Will leave last staining and discolouring also till the mammoth tiling bonanza is over.

Next up the large triangular gable end, hence the house spinning routine to get both more light to it and a little more elbow room too.

Working a Process

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As it sits today with another 9″ to go on this slope

‘Twas a right bind trying to get some similarity between the left and right side of the bits of slope either side of the twisted triangle shape, but now they’ve caught up with each other it’s easier to keep an eye on the line level.

The process

Repeat until ‘cooked’.

What’s been learned from the process

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Learned that the overhang all round is not deep enough.  It’s plenty to allow an almost flush guttering but I had envisaged it standing out much further, with a much deeper look to the fascia.  Move on to plan B for the guttering, I guess; another learning process 😀

Those ridge tiles

I rather like the rounded ridge tile shape and can remember noticing them way back when on this style of house because they looked very different to sharp-edged ones.  There are many ridge tiles available to buy but I could only find ceramic ones of the shape I fancied, hence the cardboard rolling.  Or what I think of as bus ticket rolling.  Did you never sit on a bus, (or in my early childhood a tram!) ticket in hand and roll the ticket back and forth as you travelled along, which I found a couple of times, to my horror, that the ticket inspector hated?  I did try to break the habit but would find myself still doing it on the next journey.  Apologies to all ticket inspectors.   However, today it came into its own and proved itself to be a very handy habit.