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Hobbies Special.

Work finally starts on the Hobbies Special in Greconville. Now in it's new guise, "Friars' Acre, Winchelsea, East Sussex" an ancient home with an up-to-date kitchen!
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As it was...
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and is now.
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This house should have come with a health warning!
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I don't think I would ever buy a house which has had modern glues applied to it.
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It may well remain in a state of dereliction for some while.
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Many thanks to everyone who was so helpful about papers.
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I just can't face papering it - too fiddly in my present mood.
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I just get cross when I work on it due to the
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The builders have moved in. They have brought in 1920's medical slide holders to stain and panel the walls with.
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Enough for two rooms and real antique finish quarry tiles are ordered for the floors.
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The kitchen floor will be tiled and the walls white shiny tiles but only to half way up on the opposite wLL
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I am "right chuffed" with the fireplace which
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Nothing is stuck down yet.
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here is the larder - I have blocked in some of the space under the stairs to install the shelves.
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Floor laid and grouted.
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The hearth is tiled and grouted., Wood floor laid in all rooms apart from kitchen.
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Slow but satisfying progress.
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I love the muted colours here.
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Larder door with home-made fittings.
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I don't know where the kitchen sink - yet to be made, will go.
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The hall - annoyingly the front door opens outwards, but the plans do not allow enough room for it to open inwards.
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Ashwood furniture is just right!
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The child's bed is perfect - for the moment.
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This house is taking over my life! Panels to stain and polish and fix
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I am really just testing my new second-hand camera out which arrived today - FAST SERVICE.
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HURRAH! The kitchen sink has arrived.
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This was the easy part. There is a lot of fiddling and
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Finally straightened and fixed.
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I painted the sink and put Delft tiles on the splash back.
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Now for the outside. I am thinking of putting real bricks where it is just paper now.
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I have filled the remaining slide drawers with Anaglypta paper.
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Not finished by a long way - that white surround must be darkened.
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Some of the anaglypta was not too good so inserted dark portraits instead.
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More portraits to cover ink stains on cigar box lining wood.
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Need a bathroom door!
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Portrait of a lady - frame made from strips grooved to hold panelling
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Its difficult to photograph from the front because the windows are small.
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But the anaglypta looks good.
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The kitchen from the front
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The bathroom tucked away behind a wall.
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Well, they have all the facilities.....
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The inner wall at the top has had  .
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The front door has been changed from yellow to green and given a nicer handle than the screw that it had before/
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The door is now lined with wood - waiting for staining.
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The bathroom door has been fitted -
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and hooks for clothes added on the bathroom side of the door.
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Real sunlight makes such a difference,
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Hobbies are weird with the doors - or should I say "No doors"
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More staining to do - will this ever end?
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The interior is finished - more or less!
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I found that mirror stuff was available just up the road,
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Alice in wonderland effect with real large mirror.
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There are cushions coming for a small bit of comfort in the drawing room.
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Bryan is rareing to occupy this house....
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Peeping in through the front window, the room looks very cosy.
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Sorry - the bed looks unmade!
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Now for the outer brick work and the garage!
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So this how it looked yesterday
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and today! Look what was under the modern paper!
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