This is what passes as a technical drawing around here! but this is our plan for the new wall with gothic detailed balustrading. It must be nice to work from properly scaled plans but pencil,scrap wood or tatty paper is as far as we can stretch....it will all come out in the wash.
Thursday, 19 March 2015
The house shown in the pic is the project I'm working on now in my efforts to retire/take time out/ work part time...or whatever the hell it is I am trying to do right now. It's aVictorian villa built in 1865 in a part of Liverpool that seems to be rather popular due to access to parks,bars, and restaurants etc.....personaly you couldn't pay me to live there but what do I know? The house is 6500 sq ft divided into 4 apartments and in need of a good bit of tlc, but I've decided to just go for a basic refurb.that means we have made good the roof and replaced electrics and gas,with drains etc already in good order.The rest of the job consists of painting painting painting plus whatever joinery is needed to architraves doors etc.I'll price them below the top rate for the area to allow the prospective purchasers to budget for a more comprehensive bathroom/kitchen do over.......I'm bored out of my tiny mind doing this stuff!
Saturday, 14 March 2015
I'm having no luck with the foundry getting terrace railings cast due to my off the cuff building practise making things rather awkward for other trades (my fault!) so my plan B is to build a wall/balustrade resembling the one below albeit a simpler version. I need to do this even though it will be awkward and expensive lest it is a case of a ha'porth of tar scenario.
Monday, 9 March 2015
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
The labour party are threatening to introduce legislation (if elected) to outlaw discrimination against 'poor' people....a whole world of craziness there then.The pic below is one I've shown before, it is of Liverpool's Byrom terrace in 1933.Many of the people in the pics will be family members and family friends as my family occupied several of the buildings shown, somewhere a baby grandma OTW is enjoying her recent arrival in our large family.The terrace was knocked down as a slum not long after and the family moved out to the green pastures of the now infamous Huyton, then a village now just another troublesome suburb.My point if there is one is that England is a great place and our family of immigrants was able in a couple of generations to survive and thrive in so many ways.I was never aware we were poor and I was never envious of the rich, just curious. We all live lives now so enriched (materially anyway) that the people in this pic would think us crazed and ungrateful for our opportunities....and they would be right.
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Monday, 16 February 2015
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Thursday, 5 February 2015
Friday, 30 January 2015
Early start in the morning with 300 of these to put in plus a couple of heritage apple trees and some fruit bushes if I've the time(red and blackcurrant,blueberry).Its that time of year when regardless of weather (howling tomorrow I believe) I have to bundle up and get cracking.....I think my sister gets a better deal outdoors!
Monday, 19 January 2015
Monday, 12 January 2015
One of the treats I have enjoyed over the Christmas season since I was a child are satsumas. the delight of peeling off the fragile leathery skin and eating the soft fruit within was one of the cheaper yet special treats in our house.As usual in December I started looking for them on the shelves in the grocery dept of the supermarket I use where they are usually found in mounds heaped up between the tangerines,mandarins and clementines.This Christmas however nearly all these seasonal delights had been replaced with......easy peelers...easy peelers? I presume some marketing tit decided to do away with all the magical names for the little citrus bombs for...easy peelers! I think I will have to look elsewhere for my daily fruit ration and maybe take up eating bendy yellow things instead.
Wednesday, 7 January 2015
Today 12 or more French journalists and policemen died at the hands of Islamic murderers. The reason?...publishing cartoons such as the one shown here. To the jihadi scum who practise such atrocities and would endeavour to subjugate us all....many of us will never submit to Islam.....fuck you all and the camel your prophet rode in on.
Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Its been a very long and eventful year for family OTW and as good as its been I'm happy to see it draw to a close. In the last month I have wrapped up my company and the last of my employees have departed meaning for the first time in 30 years I don't have to meet a wage bill on Friday!!! I do have a project running in Liverpool until april but I can finish that with the help of subies so I'm...unemployed? retired? I'm not sure how to describe myself. I have been working solidly towards this moment for 7 years and now its here I feel rather strange, I have never defined myself by my work but not being a builder or whatever I have put my hand too is I must admit rather uncomfortable. Its not like I won't be busy as I've named 2015 as the 'year of a thousand small things' as the various properties here and the grounds all need attention both large and small.The fact I have 4 children between 1 and 7 who haven't seen enough of me is also something I've been planning to happily rectify so there is plenty of room there for filling up my days and weeks. Long term I do hope to look at another couple of large (by my standards) projects and in fact I drove over to north Wales (20 mins drive) today to look at this. Its a once nice Georgian house with some interesting features and grounds that would stand some tlc...and cash.I'm going to see this one later in the week and its a bit more of a challenge in several ways and so of more interest. I would love to rebuild the rather plain buildings in stone with more liveable and energy efficient interiors.Long term I'm pretty certain a property in California is on the cards with hopefully the experience of building in new materials holding out the promise of a new set of challenges. So there you go...an eventful year gone and a busy but more of a family orientated year to come. I hope all who visit here have had a good year and that 2015 brings them happiness and contentment....cheers!