Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Walkway Complete


The last of 600+ tiles,

to finish tiling the roof.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Room Box - Conservatory Windows


First of 6 window frames made.

Progress.  First trial put together.  Conser in conser.

Friday, February 12, 2021

The Outhouse Cooking Area


The employees cooking area.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Room Box - Kestrel's Conservatory


The beginning of the first room box project using a box frame - the design.  

The Box

The inner structure, the walls.

Lattice work


For above the doors and windows.

Machine slots,

Cover with second piece of wood to create the holes,

through which the 2.5mm bamboo strip can be treated to make the weave.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Front Section


Front refurbished. Everything glued.

Still having punch.

View along top balcony

View through side door of the Blue Lady

Main bedroom.

Top of the stairs.

Friday, December 11, 2020

The Rear Section.


The rear section got the makeover first. All the structure now fixed, railings, pillars etc glued.

The bottom outside walk walk.

First floor veranda.

Stairway with dragon and phenix window.

Fourth bedroom.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Walkway near Complete


Just the roof tiling to complete. Houseworks , the company which supplied the Spanish Barrel tile sheets, no longer make them. So, after a few aborted attempts to make a look a like substitute, 

the result - 15 -17 a day to make over 700 tiles to cover the roof.  3 months should do it!!


Wednesday, November 11, 2020



The walkway under construction.  Building as for real.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

B&W Outhouse


Outhouse in two halves plus a walkway under construction.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Queen Anne House

Lavender House in the Day.

Lavender House at Night

Starting in the attic, there is a painters studio,

where the turret serves as a light room for painting.

Along the corridor is a sewing room and

the painters store room. Most of the works stored are Gek's "master pieces" with some of the miniature art collected on our travels. 

Down the stairs to the first floor is the Chinoiserie Room furnished with hand made and painted pieces from China.

The master bedroom furnish with pieces done by Jane Newman.  

The second bedroom with Queen Anne furniture.

The bathroom.

Down the spiral stairs to the ground floor,

to the reception.

Dining area.

Kitchen. Table, dresser and sink unit by Jane Newman.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

B & W Outhouse Progress


A start.

All in days or twos work, or should that be play?

Doing a bit of 'reburb' on the kitchen half.  When complete, the B & W house will have accommodation for a cook, a houseboy, a gardener and a driver.  Also a kitchen and a garage.

Friday, August 21, 2020


Determined effort to get the job done!!!!

Monday, August 17, 2020

New to the Chinoiserie Collection.

 Think the room is completely furnished now.

Saturday, August 8, 2020


 Varnishing day tomorrow.

Not quite finished inside and hinges providing a challenge.

After varnishing, fitting the drawer handles.  black cloth to make finding things I drop easier to find.  Covers the floor as well.

In place. Still no hinges