In the bleak midwinter

The snow is gone, Christmas and Hogmanay are a distant memory.

The days are starting to lengthen. It was still light at 4.30 this afternoon when I discovered the wheelbarrow had a slow puncture and there are even signs of a little grass growth.

We’ve spent much of the last few weeks huddled in the kitchen, stuck in the middle of a building site.  The snow and ice made building work all but impossible so instead of the new extension looking like this. . .

. . . it has spent a lot of the winter looking like this. . .

. . . or this. . .

At least work is up and running again. Drains have been put down and blocks are being laid. We may have the windows in sometime soon.

Like a bloody idiot, I decided to fill the time when snow/wind/ice/rain/plague of locusts prevented any serious work out front by making a start on the concrete base for and paths to and from the small conservatory we plan to put at the back of the house. In the conservatory, Mrs Pig Farmer plans to keep the freezer, the dogs, smelly boots and – if I’m not careful – me.

The house is kind of snug in the ground as it rises to the ridge that runs along the southern half of the island. Over the years the soil has moved up against the wall and it needed shifting, and footings for the foundation of the base needed to be dug.

So I grabbed my trusty long-handled shovel and the result is that there are so many trenches out there that if the Kaiser decides to get up to his old tricks, we’re more than ready.

The much-used and abused concrete mixer with be fired up again tomorrow and I hope in a week or two I won’t be getting the dead-eye for dragging mud (at best) into the kitchen.

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7 Responses to In the bleak midwinter

  1. Z says:

    I’m lost for words, darling, really. There’s barking, and there’s howling at the moon.

  2. Frith says:

    It really does look horribly bleak. I can’t believe the ground was soft enough to dig trenches. Welcome back Malc. Looking forward to progress reports.

  3. I found you! Good photos Malc.

  4. Welcom to blogland, Malc. I could do with you and your shovel to turn the giant compost heap!

  5. Macy says:

    LOST in admiration at your plans for the eventual extension!
    Though your plans to dig the foundations yourself have me a wee bit worried….

  6. Linda / Ziggi says:

    here you are!

    Happy Haggis tonight 🙂

    Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
    Great chieftain o the puddin’-race!
    Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
    Painch, tripe, or thairm:
    Weel are ye wordy of a grace
    As lang’s my arm.

  7. Gin says:

    It makes me cold just thinking of the work you’re doing on your house. Good luck and stay warm!

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