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Ready for roof

It’s difficult to photograph the upstairs bedroom, but it looks like the blockwork is done. I imagine the roof joists will go up next, as they have been stacked next to the bottom of the ladder.

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Ceiling Layout

After seeing the joist layout it occurred to me that my original light layout, with some of the lights in line with the centre of the room, would not work.

The red sections are steel, the yellow is the projection screen mounting area. The white lengths represent the wooden joists, and note that the short lengths on the right are not in line with the room.

Calculations told me I’d need about 5500 lumens, which actually equated to about 23 of the Philips hue bulbs I wanted, which is up from the original 11. This layout gives us 16, it doesn’t need to be a bright room and worst case scenario we add lamps. That’s what I’m telling myself to avoid stressing out over it.

Also pictured are the four ceiling speakers and their coverage in their position, which seems to be ok!

dcook_ceiling_layout

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Pretty Flowers

The yellow evening primrose was out this morning, but I missed it since I didn’t go out with a camera until just now. Poppy is looking good, I like the raspberry looking thing and found a good angle on the rose.

Posted in building work

Bedroom Block-work

For the record, let it be known, it is HOT. Builders are finishing at 2pm, because it’s just too hot to keep going. Trying to keep them cooled with tip-tops and choc ices, but it’s only a small relief.

The top room being built up is a fourth bedroom. It doesn’t come to the edge of the ground floor extension because it would block the neighbour’s view from their bedroom window, the 45 degree rule! Fortunately they already have an extension downstairs, so it didn’t affect us there.

Meanwhile I’ve bought a pair of bookshelf speakers to replace my falling apart Harman Kardon soundsticks. Since I’ve got the Anthem receiver out, I’ve connected it all up so I can use them with PC, PS4 and Oppo UHD player for films!

In other news we’ve ordered a new dark grey sofa, which we’ve delayed delivery until late September. Going to immediately look to sell our current sofa, and then once that goes we can order some armchairs!

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Unsung heroes

When Dan posts about the garden it tends to provide a snapshot of those flowers and plants which are most photogenic on that particular day, neglecting a number of little superstars that have been giving interest in the garden for months and months. This post is about those little guys, but also about the two heroes who gave them to us.

We’re really fortunate to have two awesome garden mentors in the form of my mum and aunt who started their own plant nursery on retirement after decades of gardening, plant sales at weekends and open gardens. I didn’t get it at first, a childhood of garden centre visits will do that to you, but they’ve been very forgiving of my former lack of enthusiasm and I’m now never empty handed on my way back from a visit to Evesham. I also get the opportunity to regularly wander the paths of their garden at Harrell’s Hardy Plants and gaze at their beautiful planting wondering why my own doesn’t look half so beautiful.

I suspect the answer is in the plants they’ve championed that I wouldn’t have picked on my own. I probably would not have picked up my salvias at a garden centre. They are the sort of plant I find it hard to appreciate in miniature, in a little pot jammed into an aisle alongside a million other things, but they’re probably my favourite thing in the garden right now.

Another favourite is the glossy purple-leaved Heuchera. Like so many from Harrell’s I have no idea of its name, but I know that it has survived my inexpert care and several moves to keep on going. It’s a great, robust little plant. And when others haven’t done so well and I’ve confessed the occasional accidental planticide to the Hardy Planters the response tends to be “never mind, try again”, which is exactly the ‘shit happens’ attitude to failure that feels essential in the first few years of gardening.

So I’ll persevere, try to remember to look out for the little guys, take expert advice and maybe in another 40 years have a garden as lovely as theirs.