Thursday, 24 October 2013

There are times when you feel you are soaring...

Golden Eagle being mobbed by a crow over the Fairy Hill

..and times you take a dive....

...then up and up you go...

'til you finally reach the top!

Nick passing Gary the last few slates.

Reaching the top of the roof was a milestone reached this week, a whole year since we bought the Dower House, we are still on target! I am forever optimistic and assume everything will just fall into place as long as do my homework first and work as hard as everyone else. So far so good. My target is to get the main roof finished and the windows in by optimistic target is to have at least one room to plasterboard level for Christmas day!
We couldn't do any of this of course without all the amazing help we keep receiving from people on Islay and friends from Dorset.

A year from now we will be planning a party!!!

On Monday I'm off down South, leaving Katie to manage my side of things for 3 weeks, which includes her father, however I'm bringing back reinforcements in the form of Bob, his son-in-law Mark and probably Jenny if she hasn't found a job. While I'm socialising with Sandy and Tom, family and friends, doing a bit of teaching and willow work to pay for the fuel, I hope lots of windows will be fixed and slates nailed so that we can start stud walls when we get back......well I can dream can't I?



  1. Loving this project! Have been watching for months now, and very impressed with your tenacity. Such a fabulous place, Islay... and a beautiful old house. Would love to know more of the history of the house... do you know much about it?? Anyway, keep up the good work and the blog posts. Australia is about as far from Islay as you can get, but I'm determined to see Islay for myself some day soon.

  2. I'm so sorry, I've only just noticed this! We are trying and succeeding slowly to compile the history, Nick is really interested in it, and with much nagging I'm hoping to be able to persuade him to write it all down, so hopefully in the near future, we will have a historic update! Nice to hear that you are following us, it's so amazing that we have followers from as far away as Australia. Just out of interest, how did you come across us??