Tuesday, 23 November 2010

the house is happy

the house is happy - that is the colour of the render - but how amazing it is to see the house without the scaffolding at long last - what an amazing place!

alex has a new girlfriend

o dear alex is bowled over by esther's charms - watch out lynette!

a devon wedding

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Clayton!

Friday, 5 November 2010

now we've got a roof

the house has got its first coat of render on so at long last we have got rid of the sheets keeping the hemp dry and now the solar panels are up on the south facing roof and the tiles are going on, looking very smart! off to belfast this afternoon to meet the ladies at the northern ireland patchwork group not sure what easy jet will make of six soldering irons in my suitcase!!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Important announcement

Torc Arts presents a mixed media and textile exhibition with
Annette Morgan and Yvonne Brown
at the Edmund Gallery at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds
from 29th October to 3rd November open 10am to 4.30pm -
Look forward to seeing you all there!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

crazy quilts

not my usual style, this quilt was made for a quilt challenge at alveva quilters and will be on show at the alveva quilters exhibition

"an english country garden"
23rd and 24th october at porters barn, grange farm, feltwell - 10am to 4pm - free admission.
enquiries 01760 337181

come along to see all our work and enjoy our fantastic refreshments!

windows and doors

all the windows and doors are in. we have to have a key to get in instead of climbing in through holes in the walls. looks fabulous especially when the sun streams in! now the plasterers have moved in to do the first coat for the render and the roofers are here doing the waterproof roof ready for the sedum blanket.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

the flint man came

the 'flint man' came this week and built the panel at the front of the house. the flints had come originally from the pits in brandon. it will provide a link with the old walls and the other flint properties nearby.

although the hemp walls are up and finished they are still very wet and now we seem to have the weather against us, it rains just about everyday and the mornings are now quite misty and damp even on dry days - will the walls ever dry out????

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

hurrah - hemp walls finished

hemp walls have been finished today, the weather has taken a turn for the better so the sheeting has come off to allow it all to dry. looks quite amazing with real rooms at last. here is my studio where all the creativity is going to happen - i hope!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, 20 September 2010

another lovely day

well i think we scrub up quite well!!
it was a lovely day, the sun shone, the ceremony was just right, everyone looked beautiful and i think a good time was had by all. ashleigh and christopher looked so happy it was a joy to see i hope they have an amazing time in paris.

Monday, 13 September 2010

wedding week again

well here we are again - wedding week- we'll be off to poulton le fylde on thursday ready for the nuptials on friday - lets hope the weather cheers up a bit, its cold and wet today. ihope i haven't put on any weight since buying my dress - disaster dharling if it doesn't fit, i won't go into the dress saga here suffice to say its been extremely traumatic. lots of titivating to be done this week - hair, nails etc!

had an interesting day yesterday with secret photographer getting loads of pics of my work and techniques.that's why these images are on show just to remind you of stuff that i produce. watch this space for more news!
lots of activity on the building site, we're hoping the hemp walls will be finished this week - will we get a roof then?

Friday, 10 September 2010

we've got walls

the hemp walls are going up well now these pics show the construction with all the electrics enclosed in the wall

Saturday, 28 August 2010

hemp walls at last

construction of the hemp walls has started. in these pics you can see the hemp and lime being mixed, it looks like paper mache and is a much drier mix than i imagined, once the hemp mix is put in the shuttering it has to be tamped down to compress it - that's what i am doing! it seems to hold together quite quckly which has meant that the shuttering can be moved quite soon although it will take about 4 weeks to dry enough to apply the render so in the meantime the whole house will be wrapped in plastic sheeting.

Monday, 23 August 2010

all quiet on the building site

last week was a quiet week on the site with folks on holiday. the electrics are now in - wires everywhere - it looks like a cats cradle. while i've been away the hemp has been delivered ready to start the walls but i think everyone has gone on a 'training' day today - perhaps tomorrow the hemp build will begin? watch this space.