Wet Woodwork

Even the balmy shores of the Borgue peninsula were not exempt from the recent bouts of stormy weather that caused havoc in other areas of the U.K. last week. The builders have installed the internal wall frames and the roof trusses but it was all looking a bit sad and soggy when we visited last weekend. Here’s Gabrielle paddling around in the living room.

Soggy Living Room

Inspecting the living room progress.

Wading along the hallway

Wading along the hallway


The deepest puddles were in the hallway that leads from the main entrance door down to the living room. We were down in Kirkcudbright for the Jazz Festival staying in a tent on the town camp site, next to Phillip and Miriam’s caravan. Luckily the weather eased off on Saturday afternoon and the camp site was not too boggy. The camp site is very well placed above the town with views out to the estuary and surrounding hills and it’s just a couple of minutes walk down to the local shops and hostelries. The Jazz Festival was well attended and lots of fun although some of the outdoor events had to be cancelled or moved indoors to escape the weather on Friday and Saturday. We went to two nights of back-to-back concerts in the town hall, helped along with plenty of tasty Sulwath Brewery beer.
Kirkcudbright Camp Site

A busy weekend at the Kirkcudbright camp site


Sunny Again

Sunny Again


The cottage roof will be finished in slate tiles and in the Scottish building style these will be nailed onto wooden ‘sarking‘ boards. In the picture below, the digger is being used to raise the sarking boards up to roof height.
Sarking

The builders start the roof sarking


On the way back from the cottage we paid a visit to Glenwhan Gardens near Stranraer. These gardens are at the north end of Luce Bay on an elevated site with extensive views out over the bay and the surrounding moorland. The gardens have a huge collection of plants and gave us plenty of ideas of what might grow well in the Galloway climate.
Glenwhan Gardens

Glenwhan Gardens

We Have Walls

More progress this week. Many thanks to Phillip for these photos from the Diamond Jubilee weekend. The outside walls are now in place. It looks like all of the pieces arrived on site and the internal wall frames are also ready to be installed.

The garage

The garage

Work progressing on the original cottage roof

Work progressing on the original cottage roof

Looking out from the kitchen

Looking out from the kitchen


This is the view from the kitchen, through the sun room to the mega soil pile. I guess that those are most of the frames for the internal walls stacked up on top of the soil pile. The new living room is through the doorway on the right.