Saturday, 30 May 2015

Broadrake Bunkbarn - Week 31 May 26th-29th

Over the weekend Mike and I cleaned up the old beams and Mike did the woodworm treatment. We hope that it's possible to return them into the ground floor rooms. They will need to be positioned carefully to make sure that they look to be supporting the ceiling....otherwise they will look naff. The longest ones are 3.5m long!

The old boskin frame work we also hope to reinstate, but will need some solid wood replacingat the base of the posts which have suffered from damp.

Sunshine on Tuesday for more picking out - Jack in the shady corner - need to get the scaffolding moved around here once the front is finished.

 Before the end of the day, damp hessian goes up to slow the drying process

 the quickest way to wet the hessian is to put it in a wheelbarrow of water

 some hilarity whilst transferring the wet hessian to the wall - since Ryan was getting quite wet on the ground
 all wrapped up

 First look at the rear elevation pointing.....hoping there is a chance to reveal the stone edges a little more

 lower back elevation also pointed up and wrapped for the night

 despite the return of activity around the barn after the long weekend, the song thrush remains

Front elevation lime pointing brushed off and stone edges revealed
and lower area now underway

update on the Pied Wagtail nesting in the small room above the old dairy.... it's up there right at the back, but apparently the 6 eggs are now hatched and parents are flying in and out despite 2nd render coat going in!!

and outside in the log store alongside the garage, are 3 baby blackbirds  - now fledged

& the best news yet - the swallows are building in the new purpose built nesting site.....and as of Friday am, a swallow was sitting!! Fingers crossed! 
more pics of the nesting swallow will hopefully follow.... 

Friday, 22 May 2015

Broadrake Bunkbarn - Week 30 18th-22nd May 2015

Team of 5 on site on Monday to render the upstairs walls - east and north walls

and the winch in action with a wheelbarrow load of render

....landed safely on first floor

managed to capture Armstrong delivery - weatherboarding arrives

plus yet more sand.........

Wednesday and Thursday fair enough to start lime pointing on rear elevation

all wrapped up in hessian drapes to slow the drying process

and lime mortar brushed back to edge of stones after 24 hours

more first render coat goes in

new doorway framed out ready for rendering up

more picking out on last front elevations

 Guttering almost in - temporary downpipe goes in for the weekend...

and finally, news on the song thrush family - fledged on Tuesday and were flitting about in the big barn
No. 1 very bold and sitting tight very near to the barn door, even when door opened

 No. 2  having a doze on the top of the ladder

No. 3 risking it on the netting....but managed to hop off safely
now all 3 are out and about

....and another thrush nest is being built inside the washroom entrance boarding!!

....tied on by Brian to stop it blowing off in the strong winds this sign of any sitting bird tho' yet.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Broadrake Bunkbarn - Week 29 Days 136-140

This week sees more picking out to the front of the building and inside the entrance way

....and continues inside on the gable end wall

at the opposite end of upstairs, the new wall continues upwards, with hole for flue pipe

and on Monday afternoon, the new ground floor windows arrive!
    Fire escape and 2 smaller windows for the rear..................and 2 for the front

so - the windows are in, just awaiting final trim back of damp proof membrane ...
 we like the recommended 'Lizard Grey' colourway by the National Park sits well against the stonework and with the roof

 fire escape window - doesn't look such a long drop to the ground....but it will need steps!

and from the inside - foam will be trimmed flush, and insulation and plasterboard added to meet the frame

 looking dark but white walls will help a lot....

So on Thursday we've swapped builders for electrician and plumbing planning and the first wires go in

one more day and there is a whole host of wires everywhere - 2 ring mains, and lighting circuits

At evening playtime, the lambs find it fun to play in the builders bags

 they are a pair of posers -  'Daley's '- sturdy, and full of character - Dalesbred 

and on the wildlife front, the song thrush in the barn is now feeding frantically - there are at least 3 young - the parent continues to brood and is undisturbed by the builders coming in and out

 more exciting news is the evidence of swallows at least roosting in the new swallow house
3 swallows have been seen entering and leaving the entrance. Mike & Jinx you can be proud!
Our aim was that they at least gave it a watch this space.