Friday, 20 June 2014

Friday.


This morning pottered about doing several odd jobs, then Ann reminded me that after cafe church I had suggested that I take her out to lunch to celebrate our roof being finished. Actually not quite finished - I checked with Christian, who told me he expected to COMPLETELY finish the job by early afternoon, so we pottered off to Hollow Trees Farm Shop, and partook of of their excellent lunch. Did various bits of shopping, returned home,  and found Christian laving a bite of lunch in his van, having now completely finished the roofing job, as well as various 'tidying up jobs' he's thrown in for the overall price (which was exactly what he'd quoted, and therefore rather less than I'd expected the final price to be). Wrote him a cheque straight away, and shall recommend him to friends, and neighbours (who are bound to ask, who's done our roof?). Top photo is of  roses alongside a  pathway near Saint Mary's Church - they have a lovely scent.


Above picture is of our back roof, slates on the lower part, and peg tiles above, looking very tidy (and we hope - now waterproof, too). Time will tell. The main frame of the building is of sixteenth century date (the undercroft is rather earlier) and has therefore not lasted too badly.  Must now go and get on with replacing books in their correct order on the bookshelves.

4 comments:

Crowbard said...

Hi Mike,
Any idea of period on that Roman brickwork in the undercroft? Must be at least a thousand years earlier than the timber-frame you mention.

Mike and Ann said...

Hello Crowbard. I've been 'reliably' informed that the wall of the undercroft to which you refer is probably Romano British; and in view of the position of the parallel wall (of which you are aware) it does seem likely. Which means of course that the date of the wall is somewhere between the first and the early 5th century A.D. (the Romans pushed off home around 450 A.D.
And that leaves (in view of the fact that the rest of the undercroft dates from the 1400s) the conclusion that there's a thousand years of building around me as I type.

Mike and Ann said...

P.s. Like what you sez, Crowbard.

Crowbard said...

I suppose that in the original building, the floor of your present underground under-croft was at street level and a millennium or two of accumulations have buried it to its present discreet position?1453