May 2016

Another month, and another snapshot of progress on the extension. At the beginning of the month, the brickwork was pretty much finished which meant it was time for the roof which, because of the funny angles and the sloped ceilings at the edge of the upstairs rooms, required a latticework of structural steel.

Once that was in place and tiles could be added, the builders used existing tiles for the front of the house to match in with the existing roofline...

... and the closest modern match for the remainder...

Again because of the funny angles, the top of the new roof is a 4m x 4m flat roof section. This was accessible before the final tiles were put in place which created some great views of both the garden...

... and the surrounding neighbourhood (that's Caesar's Camp in the distance)...

We did manage some sort of a life outside of the building project though. Cassandra enjoyed a couple of Guides activities including Donutting at the Ski Centre...

... and creating bee houses and planting wild flowers at the Brickfields Country Park.

Actually, we've taken to having a few evening strolls around Brickfields, looking out for all the baby animals including this family of Canada Geese.

Cassandra also entered a couple of gymnastics competitions - and won a gold medal in one them. Here's a hastily edited version of some of the highlights.

Matthew had some fun too. He spent a few days at scout camp, sleeping in a hammock rather than a tent, but couldn't quite stick it for the whole week after everything he had got cold and damp and found that there was only so much whittling and playing cards he could stomach to pass the time. No photos of that, nor of Chris's birthday which passed by relatively uneventfully with a nice evening meal at Prezzo.
And just a week after that, another birthday as Barb and her twin brother Dave celebrated their birthday with a meal at the Puttenham Harvester just before they (with Alan) began their campervan road-trip across the length and breadth of England and Wales.