Our best intentions to keep the field mown were quickly defeated this month, as the battered self-propelled mower gave up after just a few weeks of heavy grass munching. We quickly found a new solution: this little red tractor is a very welcome addition to the tool shed. Where previously we were spending most of a day taming the field each week it's now a couple of hours zipping around, and a great deal more fun too.

 

 

 

 

 

Our plastering efforts continue apace: first in the master bedroom Mark was working frantically to finish tacking and wiring ahead of Michael's plaster float. With many square metres to cover up in the high ceilings, we had to construct a substantial scaffolding platform to work from.

 

 

 

As soon as the plaster was dry Mark sanded the walls off then started applying the primer coat paint on the east wall. We're moving the shelving racks full of tools from the ensuite to the east side of the bedroom to allow us to finish the ensuite tacking and plastering, so the paint has to go on first before the wall becomes inaccessible.

 

 

After the master bedroom we headed into the upper hallway, again plastering the block walls and plasterboard ceilings. Mark had to build the framing for the stairwell cupboard that's due to house all the underfloor heating control plumbing, then Michael made an oak board top and plastered to the edges.

 

 

 

Way back in October 2007 we had planned to plaster the lower hall wall and ceiling, but that element of work was never done. This month it finally got the plastering treatment, after we'd also taken the opportunity to finish the utility cupboard details and installed a supporting post to edge-cap the wall between bedrooms.

 

 

Finally we moved to the master bedroom's ensuite. All the tools and building materials were moved out, then Mark installed the extractor fan ducting and light wiring. Next came the framing battens then we tacked the plasterboard ceiling and truss panels in place. Finally Michael came in with the plastering float for what is almost his last plastering job at GFB.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the weather improving we also headed outside the link to finish the long-outstanding patio paving. Our former neighbour, builder Brian came with his crew and sorted it in just a day. Now we just need a few coats of oil to seal the flagstones before we start enjoying al fresco dining.