Monday, 18 February 2008
Hil and the boys were brilliant today and cracked on with sorting out the outside of the workshop in the spring-like sunshine. I'll get another shot tomorrow, it was dusk when we left, so I couldn't get a picture of their achievement. It looks so much better with it's Magnolia paint job and freshly dug flowerbeds. There's still much to do, but it's a great start and I appreciate their help because I've so much else to do at the moment that I wasn't going to get a look at it for ages.
I want to take the woodshed down in a few weeks after I've burned all the wood, then build a new one, bigger and tidier, using some of the building materials that I've been salvaging and stockpiling of late.
A couple of years ago, Hollyford was much more of a hippie encampment and my tumbledown shack didn't stand out quite so much. It just looked what tumbledown cattle sheds in the countryside look like. Nowadays, the other barns have become fancy, expensive dwellings and the whole place has a very different ambience. I'm sure all the residents will be much relieved to see the change. I will be too, it needs to become more professional, particularly as I'm starting to get quite a few visitors these days.
While Hil and the boys slapped the paint on outdoors, I was inside making a load more pots, big jugs that'll probably not make the next firing, but will be for the subsequent one a couple of weeks later. Did a lot of decorating today too - more tomorrow. There's a lot to do if I'm going to get two glaze firings through before the end of March.