WIP Wednesday 16

Our artwork has been taking a back seat over the past month because the studio where some of the magic happens has been having a facelift.

The UK is still basking in glorious sunshine ~ I genuinely can’t remember the last time it rained, other than a surprise drop or two splatting on the car windscreen sometime last week. If this continues The Water Board will implement a hosepipe ban ~ in fact I’m surprised that there isn’t one in force already.

Martin has been taking advantage of these perfect conditions to continue weather~proofing the Kaboodle ~ raking out and replacing the old mortar and allowing it to dry thoroughly, before applying masonry paint to seal and protect the 100+ year~old brickwork.

This week he has been joined by an enthusiastic young apprentice ~

our nine~year~old grandson Ruan. I bet he never imagined that he’d be working so hard during his school holiday! 😉

Luckily it doesn’t seem to have put him off visiting the Isle of Wight. After downing tools for the day and refuelling on fish and chips, we took an evening stroll along a beautiful sandy beach about 10 minutes from our front door:


Ruan is already planning what he’d like to do on his next visit, in August, with twin brother Mylo.

Hopefully, Grandad will have finished all the repointing and painting by then!










WIP Wednesday 15

The prolonged spell of sunshine that the UK is basking in at the moment has proved perfect for tackling one or two long~standing maintenance issues. This last week we’ve been working in the same confined area ~ The Kitchen Courtyard ~ but on totally seperate projects. We find that usually works best! 😉

Whilst Martin has been preparing the 100 year~old brick walls of the Kaboodle for re~pointing, I’ve painted the much younger, but just as sad~looking, gate and fence:

Once I’d done what it said on the tin, three times, I left the colour to dry and went on to move my pots of herbs and veggies to a shadier (and less dusty) spot. I rearranged the woodpile for the chimenea and fashioned an improvised fruit cage to cover the blueberry bush, using a pair of voile curtains, four garden canes and a handful of bird~shaped clothes pegs:

We’ve been beetling away for days and ~ although my husband doesn’t think the photo on the right shows quite how much effort he’s had to put in ~ we’re both happy with the results. Even Indie is looking impressed.

As light relief from attacking crumbling mortar with power tools, Martin has been painting yet another Work In Progress, on the other side of the fence ~ the bodywork of our second car:

Unlike all those meticulously restored and polished~up vintage vehicles that take part in the Island’s classic car shows, this one is actually being rendered to look like a rusting old barn find, complete with cobwebs.


I’ll let you know how that pans out!


Thank you so much for reading my blog posts and leaving such lovely comments. As you can see we’ve been using this rare UK heatwave to get outdoors and carry on with the restoration projects we started fourteen years ago. When we flop down on the sofa in the evening we’re bushed, so huge apologies for my delay in responding. I’m planning to catch up soon so please bear with me! ❤