JACK THE HOUSE
Actually, there's been another reason - apart from some heavy work / deadline pressures - why postings have been a bit thin n bitty round here recently: we're currently 7 weeks into an (at least) 12-week rebuild of our house, which has involved some pretty major demolition work.
Yesterday, they literally started jacking up the house, to support the first floor while they take out some steel beams and replace them with newer, bigger ones in a brand new configuration. Unfortunately, this meant they've now had to pull up the floorboards in the bedrooms in order to slot the jacks into the walls - which makes sleeping kinda...interesting. They're also replumbing under the floorboards upstairs too, so it means we're pretty much living in one room right now.
The boiler got taken out yesterday, prior to being moved to a new spot (which hasn't been built yet!), so now the water's off as well. Luckily the builder kindly plumbed in a cold-water tap to tide us over the next couple weeks!
My wife's been a complete star keeping the kids amused during the school holidays and what has been a pretty stressful time for the whole family. Over the weekend we went to my brother-in-law's wedding down The Marsh, but then had to rush back sunday afternoon to rearrange what little furniture is still in the house, ready for the jacking-up process early monday morning. Hectic doesn't describe it!
The good news is there is now a roof of sorts on the new / rebuilt bit at the back of the house.
I promise this blog won't turn into Grand Designs, but here's a few pics of some of the recent mayhem. It's actually kinda cool in a perverse way.