Windows and Doors

Windows installed

Windows installed and cedar cladding under way

The windows and doors have now been installed and are looking good.They arrived from Ling Joinery in Penrith already in their finished state with light natural wood on the inside and blue-grey aluminium cladding on the outside to protect them from the coastal weather. The new extension will be faced with cedar cladding and the first section has just been started around the living room windows. It smells really good. The master bedroom on the right is faced with brick that will be covered with render then painted to match the finish of the original cottage. Work is also under way on the lead flashing on the roof. You can see some of the lead gully work and the roof edging that has already been done. The roof slating will start when the lead work and the zinc roof over the sun room have been completed.
Front Door

Gabrielle admiring the new front door

We decided to add a bit of colour to the overall design by choosing fairly bright red doors for the main entrance door and the door to the entrance porch on the south side of the original cottage. The door wall will be faced with cedar wood cladding. The brick wall is the outside of the kitchen. It will be rendered and painted in the same way as the the master bedroom. There will be a zinc porch roof attached along the edge of the main roof above the red door where there is a gap in the green Roofshield membrane.

The inside of the lounge windows

Here’s the inside of the lounge. The big window will slide open to give access to the patio. The final floor level will be up to the bottom of the windows once the insulation, under floor heating and wood flooring have been installed.
Sun Room

John and the sun room mega-windows

Roof Progress

Meanwhile, back at the building site the roof is now fully boarded and covered with bright green Roofshield membrane. The new back porch is now built and looking good. The windows, cedar cladding, roof slates and the component parts for the outside shed are all on site and just waiting for the next team from the builders to get things moving again.

Inspecting the windows

Inspecting the windows


Roof slates

Roof slates ready for installation and the cedar cladding in front of the garage.

A Break in the Weather

The sun shone for a while last weekend and we managed to get out the kayaks for a paddle southwards along the coast. The wind was from the east so it was very sheltered along the coastline. Here’s Gabrielle in the banana boat approaching the entrance to an interesting sea cave. It looks as though there could be some climbing routes on the cliffs around the cave entrance.

Approaching the cave

Approaching the cave


At the back of the cave

At the back of the cave


We’re not sure of the name of this cave. In a sea kayaking blog it is called Dove Cave but on the Ordnance Survey map, Dove Cave is a larger dry cave further south. The calm seas enabled us to get right in to the back of the cave and get a close look at the sea-eroded rocks. There was enough room inside the cave to turn around the kayaks. We then paddled further south along the coast, navigating the narrow channel behind Meikle Pinnacle and saw a couple more quite large caves.

Paddling out of the cave


On the Geograph web site, these are referred to as Dove Cave and the Whid’s Hole. There were some big bird nests on one of the cliffs and we saw a couple of birds of prey flying off from one of them. We didn’t get a good look at them but we think they were probably peregrine falcons, maybe making use of old ravens’ nests. On the way back to Kirkandrews we had a look in at the natural arch at Rumblekirn and got a good view across the bay to the cottage.
Another Cave

One of the other caves


Under the arch at Rumblekirn

Under the arch at Rumblekirn


Kirkandrews Bay

View of the cottage across Kirkandrews Bay