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productive days

Injuries: three new bruises, one salamandra burn, one aching leg.
Life Satisfaction Index: Up 12.68%

Three productive days! On Monday the rain stopped, and my windows were delivered. Over 30 window pairs, 8 glass double doors and a huge arched window. They were ripped out of a chateaux in France according to Ze Manuel, my second hand supplier. They are gorgeous and give me a tiny preview of what the house might become…

window delivery

Work continues on the annexe bathroom. Two walls have been scrubbed free of moss and fern and clay mortar. Then I pointed-up the rear wall (that is, I replaced the mortar). A, for practise pointing and to experiment with mortar mixes, and b., to prepare the wall for an anti-growth treatment before building the brick wall in front.

It looks totally different than before – (I used two different mortar mixes; the lower has one part clay, but you can hardly tell the difference) check out the pics. I’ve got to work on getting it darker and redder… and I didn’t like the consistency of either of my mixes so tomorrow is another day to experiment. As both of these walls won’t be visible it’s a good chance to play around.

And sun! Two days of clear beautiful blue skies and gentle but constant sunshine. After a whole month of darkness, everyone is euphoric. There were lots of smiles about today.

bathroom walls


  1. Peter Maddison March 9, 2009 7:25 pm Reply

    Hi Emma,

    Great website, I love the blogs, very funny indeed.
    I think it’s time you told the story of the rabid mole, I’m waiting.
    Keep the blogs coming.
    The new windows look very grand.

    Cheers Pete

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    Emma   Reply: March 9th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    thanks Pete, you can read about the nasty little mole um mole me mordeu and then living the life

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  2. spike cherrie February 5, 2010 9:46 pm Reply

    dear emma,
    i’m impressed. well done.
    i saw an article about emmas house in the paper here in sydney.
    best wishes


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