July 18, 2012

Summer Cold Anyone?

Filed under: Drainage, Garden, General, Insulation, Roof — tattiehouse @ 17:30

So, Wednesday afternoon and I’m in the van (with a bit of man flu). I’m hoping I can shake it off today as I hate not feeling 100%. Kate’s already had it and on the mend so it’s only fair I caught it too!

It’s been a busy week or so since the last blog.

About 10 days ago I was on the mainland to do some work in Glenfinnan….they don’t have very good internet so they are looking into a scheme like that on the Small Isles www.hebnet.co.uk

Can you spot Harry Potter?

He’s behind William Wallace in the front carriage!!!

Glenfinnan village – lots of trees. They’ve got a new hydro scheme going in too….

Our wheels to get up Mam a’ Chreagain….nearly as good as the scooby….

After leaving Glenfinnan, it was back on Lola to sail across to Rum.

We saw the usual sea birds…. Shearwaters,Razorbills,Guillemots,Gannets,Puffin,Great Skua (Bonxie),Tystie etc…

Once back on Rum, it was back to the insulation. One of the reasons for installing it before replacing the roof/slate was that a) it can be done before re-roofing as the insulation is attached to the underside of the rafters (the rafters are remaining in place) b) we have a serious lack of storage for all the timber and other materials that will be coming in the next week or so. So, it made sense to install it in the roof where it’s out of the way for good. We’ve now just got the corners to finish off but all the insulation is upstairs ready for this and it’s freed up the back bedroom and kitchen for storage. We’re also in the process of using expanding foam in the gaps and then sealing with foil tape……

The insulated roof – we notice a difference already in the upstairs area. Once the walls and windows have been done its going to be a seriously well insulated house…..

The insulation did take a lot longer than anticipated. If you’ve got a hipped roof on your house it’s hard work compared to a gable ended one…..

Apart from the insulation, we’ve also cut the hedge along the drive…..notice it’s another nice sunny day!

The finished product – the hedge is going to be cut down to around 10ft and look a lot more formal…..

It’s now the best kept hedge on Rum from what I’ve seen!

Apart from that, we’ve not been up to much else. We’ve got a big order to make for materials that will give us some down time as we’ll have to arrange to get the lorry over and some of the jobs we’d like to do are on hold until further supplies arrive.

One job I did manage to do (which was bugging me), was bury the waste pipe from behind the shower shed and also link in the sink and shower correctly. The pipe was just run in above the ground before and was only a temporary fix. I also wanted to hook in a bottle gully (I had a second hand one spare), behind the shed to act as a bit of a drain as and when need….

With all that done (and the blog finished), I’m off to help Kate with the expanding foam……


July 1, 2012

The Chanterelle is here!

Filed under: Drainage, Food, General — tattiehouse @ 20:52

So, my turn on the blog tonight (while watching the football).

We’ve been back for a week now and progress has been slow as we’ve waited for a few things to arrive. Most of the bits are here now although the breeze blocks will be here during next week.

The drainage is making progress now and I’ve got all manhole’s down. One last stretch (to the kitchen window for a bottle gully) and the foul water for the septic tank will be complete as far as the house.

Looks good when it’s got the pea gravel round it.

Due to the rain we’ve had the past few day’s I’ve also got the insulation upstairs ready for install.

Due to it’s size, I had to cut a hole (like a letterbox) to get it up there……

Yep, that’s downstairs you can see through the gap. The system works well and the insulation will be going here…..

The next time I show you this space it will contain the insulation. Tidy!

A bit of leisure time earlier (after I did some work on the drainage), in the policy woods around the village having a look around at the nature and all that. On out travel’s, we had a motive to find some Chanterelle’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chanterelle

The picture tells the story – a sucessful mission! There’s a lot of free food to be had in the summer in the highlands if you look in the right places!

We’ve got the same tomorrow night too!

In the van now and the midges are bad outside….

I failed to put the macro on on the camera but the black dots are midges!

Will leave you with a picture of Mallaig from the kitchen window (once I cut the Hawthorn back)….

You wouldn’t think it was 17 miles away!

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