Sunday, 7 June 2009

Slowly But Surely


This is the reason for my kitchen roof being torn apart in the first place! New readers please get more information here.
Have you noticed I have changed something in my blog profile?



The roof work seems to be going on for ever and the plants are struggling to survive the dense shade under the scaffolding.



Things are progressing though, and the end is in sight now. The new roof windows will provide more light in the kitchen.



This is what it looked like before the windows were put in. I am working through the photos in reverse order. Workmen's equipment can make a good study, I think.


The light and shade of the building materials can catch the eye with the sun suddenly shining on it and there are little shafts of light where you least expect to see any.




I was up the ladder at every opportunity with my camera keeping track of what was going on.



The birds have been scared away from their favourite tree where they used to spend time sheltering inside the dense branches. I am so looking forward to hearing them chatter again after this is over.
Since the work started, I have had things from the kitchen packed in boxes on the floor and there is all sorts of clutter to keep stepping over. I am at present in agony with my back problem. It seems one thing gets cleared up only for another problem to set in.

The picture below shows how things looked when the first lot of scaffolders had left.
I will be glad to get my garden back and get rid of it. Maybe in a week or so...........





22 comments:

jinksy said...

Backs alway give out at the least opportune moment - usually when there is something life changing going on - sad but seemingly true fact...Hope yours is not too painful today...

SandyCarlson said...

That's an amazing amount of work. I hope your back is better very soon.

Lindsay said...

The work looks very neat and tidy and it will be nice to have rooflights. Goodbye rats!

Mickle in NZ said...

Dear Maggie - the end seems in sight! How wonderful to look forward to a kitchen with so much natural light.

I send healing thoughts to your back.

And I'm sure the birdies will return and your garden will recover,

care and huggles, Michelle xxx

Eddie Bluelights said...

It sounds like total victory for you in the rat war - I do hope so. And the roof windows will be great for you. Hope the work is completed soon ~ Eddie

Granny on the Web said...

Looks like a major make-over!
I so sympathise with you, workmen seem to stay forever once they have a foot in the door!!!lol
Can't be much longer now can it? but keep off those ladders Maggie, if you have a bad back!
Take care.
Love Granny

The Gossamer Woman said...

Dear Maggie, I much sympathize with you bad back and hope yours gets healed fast and that you will be walking around sprightly in no time at all. Just don't climb any scaffolding.

I;m glad you're winning the war over the rats, those stinkers, and your new windows look nice. You'll be able to look at the moon and the stars through them.

XOX
Irene

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Roof work is terrible...a number of years ago, a tornado required that we replace our roof... miserable... here's hoping that the job comes to a close quickly for you!!! Up on the scaffolding to take pictures?!? You are very dedicated, and much braver than I am!!!! Hope your back is better soon!!!! And that it disappears along with the rats!!! Great post, for us, that is :-) ~Janine XO

lailani said...

hmmm, my back has been giving me a devil of a time in the past week. I wonder if it is what jinksy said - life changes. hmmmm.

Glad you are about to get your world back to normal, normal without the pitter patter of unwelcomed visitors!

rosiescribble said...

Blimey. Looks like a huge job!

Wendy said...

Oh Maggie - do take care of your back. Back pain hurts! And is there when you really don't feel like handling anything else!!
I am sure you will be glad when all that work is behind you.
Hugs

Nessa said...

That's some major construction.

Jeni said...

It was 20 years ago that I finally got the final approval for a loan to get my kitchen and sunporch roofs fixed -not exactly rebuilt, like yours, (semi-rebuilt I guess you'd say) and I had the kitchen redone -new cabinets, counter, etc., a couple walls cut back to make the downstairs as open and spread out as possible. That work too seemed to go on forever as we lived out of boxes all over the downstairs and stuff stashed hither, thither and yon. But I never had my roof "open" to the seasons and scaffolding and such to maneuver around and thankfully, I wasn't worrying about tracking down rats either. But still, regardless of the situation, the turmoil involved with trying to go about your daily business in a home that is all torn up with construction is a royal pain in the dupa, isn't it?
See, that old saying "All good things must come to an end" is true -in a different way of looking at what we might be considering good things though, huh?

Suburbia said...

Congratulations on finally being rid of the rodents!
Sorry to hear your back is painful, nothing worse than back pain.
Looking forward to more pics when the builders have cleared up:)

Moannie said...

That has been a massive job, but thankfully the end is near and you will not know what to with yourself.

Rose said...

Looks like they are doing a good job, Maggie May. The workmen probably think you are checking their workmanship at each point, not a bad idea:) It's always hard to live through any kind of remodeling or construction work, but you will be so happy when it's all done--I know you will love those skylights! I do hope your back gets better soon; take care of yourself.

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

So glad to see things are going well. I love the new windows being put in too.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Sorry to hear you have a back problem Maggie - I shall have a look through older posts to catch up. Your building work is coming along though and soon you will be able to relax and all will be normal. (you may even be able to look back and laugh one day)! A x

Maternal Tales said...

Hee hee - yes I like the changes to your profile bit!! Glad that hideous rat problem is sorted. Work in progress looks great - can't wait to see it when it's all finished. So sorry about your poor back...have you been to see anyone?? Sometimes a little bit of help goes a long way! Hope it starts to feel better x

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Me again Maggie - just popping in to say there is a little something for you at my place, when you have the time. A X

Denise said...

Hello, I am new to your blog and I've enjoyed my visit. Having all that extra light will be lovely. I am sure you can't wait until it's all done. Understatement I am sure. I was sorry to hear about the rat problem too, must have been a bit horrifying.

Bina said...

That is a LOT of scaffolding. I had no clue that had to go through all that!

So rats are slowly but surely leaving these world, or, uh, your house, rigth? LOL