The guest room. Plasterer comes in tomorrow to do the first coat on the straw bales. There are THREE coats of plaster. Which doesn't surprise me because most things in this house take the long, complicated route :)
Detail of the netting used to create the curve next to a door opening:
As with any build, we've had unforseen delays. For example this weekend the tiler who was coming to tile the bathroom before the plumber fits it out next week, didn't turn up. I was mildly unhappy about that. We'll have someone in this week though, who should finish on Saturday in time for the plumber. I will ring the toilet man today and shmooze him (I'd quite like a toilet). The digger is still sat on the property, broken. Otherwise things are ploughing ahead!
Photographs that I appear in were taken by Liana of course!
I find myself hoping that baby number two is just like Elmer. He is such a happy, sensitive, sociable, funny little boy. He makes me laugh every day. He's very selective about friends his own age, but loves spending time with older children and adults, and bonds quickly with those he likes. He's a little behind with his speech, but comes out with new, often hilarious things every day.
He loves kissing, cuddling, and holding hands. Often if I am sat next to Elmer at the table or infront of the television he will reach over without looking and rest his hand on mine - something he's done since he was tiny, and something I'm sure to miss when he is 17.
Elmer has great empathy, so when he is playing outside and the dogs come over to lick his face, he will shout "go away dogs!", but then as they walk off, he'll watch them go and say quietly, "POOR dogs." When his cars crash on the coffee table he'll tell them "it's okay... it's okay", and fetch the tow truck to haul them off to the garage. He loves to make us laugh, and check if we are happy ("mummy happy?"). He loves dancing, chasing the chickens, chatting to family on Skype, being outside, cars, trains, diggers, fish, tunnels, insects, "apple and cheese in a bowl", mummy's tummy, being hurled onto the sofa and tickled.
Here is my favourite recent photograph of Elmer, taken by Isabella Harrex. My beautiful 3 year old.
The gib board is all done, ready for the gib stoppers tomorrow who will make it look all neat and tidy. The floor is finished (apart from the inside of cupboards). My walk in wardrobe space is ready (crucial), and other behind the scenes things like switch board wiring has been done.
The digger came to dig a trench for the main electricity cable yesterday, but it broke on arrival so is waiting to be fixed.
This week should also see the tiling in the bathroom done, ready for installation of bathroom goods. The toilet system man showed up. I asked him how long until he could instal the toilet and he said "oooh, a couple of weeks?" I gave him a stern look and explained the gravity of the situation (I'm enormous so he didn't need any extra visual clues), and it turns out he can come next week.
The living area (above) floor finished.... and the kitchen below:
(that's Greg the builder's head poking up above the stairs there!)
Guest bedroom bales starting to go in:
Bales in Elmer's room:
Elmer with his earphones after a cake-break:
Our bedroom upstairs (less bales needed up here so it looks a bit more compete. The floor will be carpeted at some point in the future:
(his Dad is an electrician so we can trust the wires :)
I do normally wash his face...
So, we are still waiting on.... the kitchen, the bathroom, the interior straw bale walls, the plastering, the painting, the floor sanding, the floor tinting etc., the window sills, water, electricity, a few bits and pieces outside, and probably about 50 things that aren't essential at the moment but still need doing. 2 weeks to go.
Oh and we have STAIRS! Although no banisters yet... the stairs will be carpeted at some point.
The ceiling in the bedroom is a different shade to the rest of the house. The wood needs to be oiled, and when Steven applied it to start with in the bedroom, I didn't want the whole ceiling to be that warm shade of orange. So after some trial and error, the rest of the ceiling is painted with wood oil and white tint mixed in, to retain the shade of the original blonde wood. You can see the difference in the image below:
The ceiling - a labour of love:
The fire, almost finished: