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! šŸ˜‰

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! ā¤

3 thoughts on “WIP Wednesday 15

  1. The gate and fence look good and yes, that’s hard work in the heat. The car is an interesting project , will it remain as a shell or a full rebuild?

  2. Enjoying some untypical warm weather must surely feel invigorating. Good for you for taking full advantage. So nice to see your progress in the courtyard!

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