May 10, 2012

The demolition begins (and an excursion to Soay)

Filed under: General — tattiehouse @ 18:23

We made a start yesterday on taking down the old coal houses at the back of the tattie house. When the digger arrives tomorrow (and after some practice) we’ll be able to make a start on digging the foundations for what will be a bathroom and a larder.

Below are some pictures of our base for the project – the awning has survived quite a windy night and day now, so fingers crossed it should stay up for the summer…

The shed’s pretty much complete…check out Ian’s fancy boiler house.

The weather’s been pretty rubbish today, so Ian made an escape to Soay on the Shearwater (www.arisaig.co.uk) which delivers the post every week to a brave lady who paddles out to retrieve it. There are currently four permanent residents on Soay – makes moving to Rum seem a bit less drastic! See the school boarded up in the background…


And here is a Kittiwake Ian saw on the way back…

So that’s all for today. Tomorrow will see Ian driving the mini digger from the pier to Tattie House and the community anniversary Ceilidh in the evening, hurrah! Regardless of the weather there’ll be plenty to keep us entertained.




  1. Hi Kate and Ian

    I love the photos, i’m so envious, looks absolutely gorgeous!!!!!! I really like the look of the shower shed what a brill idea!

    Hope you both are keeping well, look forward to seeing the future posts and keep in touch

    love Leanne x

    Comment by Leanne Chapman — May 10, 2012 @ 20:28

    • Hi Leanne, thanks for getting in touch. Glad you like the blog – there’s lots going on so we’ll keep it updated pretty regularly. Speak soon, Kate x

      Comment by tattiehouse — May 13, 2012 @ 14:59

  2. looks like your making decent progress. good luck with the digger, probably best to let kate drive it though. Claire is impressed with the log cabin shower room. Don’t forget if you want any diy advice just give me a bell as I know bolas that your a bit of a novice.

    What happenned to collecting that nackered rotivator?

    I hope you both enjoy your weird ceilidh Scottish evening dAncing round the pole waving your handkerchiefs

    Comment by Powell — May 11, 2012 @ 18:23

    • Cheer mate. The diger is alright, the wet ground is the issue as it does want to sink al lthe time!

      No DIY advice needed yet although if I want to lay an uneven floor I’ll be sure to get some advice off you first! The allotment shed has come a long way that jsut storage for pots etc! It’s holding up to the cr4p weather better than the caravan!

      Lol about the rotivator, drop it in to my old man if you want….

      It’s a Ceilidh, not morris dancing you clown! Was good though. Weather is pants today. Really really bad….

      Cheers for now….

      Comment by tattiehouse — May 13, 2012 @ 15:04

  3. Hi Kate and Ian!
    I am so jealous you went to Soay! That island is so cool – go and see the Basking shark harpoon station! The loch as well was pretty stunning last summer.
    All your stuff looks good! Cant wait to come see you guys (hopefully) in the summer.
    Cheers now,

    Comment by Conor Bolas — May 12, 2012 @ 00:03

    • Hi Conor,

      Was chatting to some folk that have a house there. The guy from down south who you met is still there, doing a boat up i nBroadford apparantly. Only 3/4 people live there full time. Hope to get on land for a few days later in the summer….

      Weather bad today so can’t get much stuff done on the house…..

      Ian & Kate

      Comment by tattiehouse — May 13, 2012 @ 15:06

  4. HI Kate & Ian
    Pleased to hear you arrived safely and have made a start with the renovation work. I absolutely love the shower/loo shed! How novel. Should you find that the awning has blown away, Chas has an “ancient/prehistoric” tent (approx 38 yrs old) which he is trying very hard to GIVE AWAY! You know him, he hates throwing anything away. Keep up the good work and look forward to hearing about your progress. Love, Sheila xx

    Comment by Sheila — May 14, 2012 @ 15:45

    • Thanks Sheila, really glad to see you following what we’re up to. As it happens the awning is now a thing of the past but I think we’re going to have to look into more permanent options, like a bunker or something. Only kidding, something solid with posts in the ground would be great though. Anyway, hope all is well with you and Charles, take care & speak soon Xx

      Comment by tattiehouse — May 17, 2012 @ 13:47

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