Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Black water - Naughty or nice.

It could be art I suppose.

There is always one who is so nosey that they have to see what is going on.

Freya isn't out of the frame either. Frank and Freya are both as bad.

Freya is taking so much interest, Tony was thinking of giving her the title of builders mate. If there is something he can't find, it's a sure sign that Freya knows exactly where it is, or where she has left it after running off with it in the first place.

Day 17 after black water came into the cottage. We still don't seem any further along helping things to be up and running to get back to some kind of normality. It's not any fault of ours, just the way it goes as far as paper work is concerned.

Although there is one thing that is moving along, the  removal of our old stone and concrete fireplace
This is how you last saw it.

We tried hard to save the large mantel beam we took down from the fireplace. What you see above the fireplace, is a lintel and not for removal.

We had intended to put back the beam after cutting it down into a straight line at each end. Sadly the smell of the wood when we started to saw, gave away the fact  the beam at one time had been eaten away inside by woodworm. Not sure how long the beam had been on the fireplace, but I know that for years I have been polishing it.
If we had known how bad the wood was, it would have been removed a very long time ago.

New oak beams.

Our 2012 time capsule in place.

The fireplace is moving along. It's very positive stuff. Wish our insurance company were just as quick and positive.

Freya is over at the CATFLAP CAVALIER, she has yet to let Santa know about the fireplace. But then we all know Santa knows everything. Especially all that those that have been naughty or nice.


WoolenSails said...

It is a shame about the wood, I know here, there are people who restore wood and reuse it and a lot of people like the worm holes, lol.

I hope you can get it finished quickly so you can enjoy your new fireplace this winter.


Dolores said...

I'd give Freya the title of project manager. That did look like a lovely piece of wood. Too bad you had to replace it. I hope the new fireplace is everything you are hoping for and I hope it's ready way before Santa has to use it.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I think picture one is definitely art. Maybe you should get Freya her own toolbelt...in pink of course.....grin.

Sue said...

Is that Frank's footprint? He's just making his own time capsule.

Old Kitty said...

Awwww beautiful Freya and Frankie!! You two need to give your humans lots of encouragement, purrs, barks and licks! And plenty of sage snoopervision! :-) We hope the insurance paperwork is sorted and we hope hope hope that side of things will progress - like your fireplace! Love the idea of the time capsule! Take care

WendyCarole said...

We have a paw print outside our back gate. It belongs to Haydn. I forrget its there and then when I see it its a nice reminder of a lovely puss.

Hope the insurance people get their a**e in gear pretty sharpish!

MyCretanlife said...

Oh dear, poor you's. You got flooded last year too didn't you? Hope it's not long before everything is all back together.
I am taking a class on dog whispering.It is very interesting. We are having a few problems with Rosie. Seems she is not up on her social skills. Will be in touch soon. Love Judith, Ian and the doggies.

Mary Ann Tate said...

Too bad about the old wood but I guess in an old house it's expected:( The new wood will smell lovely. I think Freya is doing an excellent job of supervision:)

Molly the Airedale said...

We understand about woodworms. They can sure turn a huge piece of wood into sawdust!
The time capsule is so cool!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Tweedles -- that's me said...

we are here!