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The work on the roof has been continuing thanks to the largely dry if windy and cold weather. The eastern side of the house has now had most of its guttering repaired and repainted, the fascias replaced and the chimney stack repointed.

We have also had the unused chimneys capped to reduce draughts and we are hoping the flashing will be finished today so that the scaffold can then be moved to the western side of the house for more of the same. Verdict from the roofer, Scott Bendall, is that the damage is not too bad. One chimney – in the connecting room – was letting in quite a lot of water and that room certainly seems to have the worst water damage so pretty much tallies with what we thought. I took a few pictures while work was going on.

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A bit of the fascia not yet replaced.

A bit of the fascia not yet replaced.

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Today was one of those perfect winter days, still and sparkling. The kids even commented on it – Iris by spending ages in the bathroom first thing, then explaining that she was admiring the view (you can see the sun rise over the Galloway Hills at this time of year). Arthur asked me to stop the car in the morning so he could look at the snow-capped hills and shining sea.

I didn’t have chance to take photos so you will have to make do with a picture painted in prose. The other aspect of the still, clear weather is how quiet it is at the house. We are two miles from the nearest A road and it feels a real luxury to have such complete silence. I have really started to notice the background hum of traffic in places I had previously thought of as peaceful.

I suspect soundscapes of Plunton might be the best way to show you what it is like to live here.

And an update for the renovation-watchers – the roofers started repointing the eastern chimney stack today. The new fascias are now up and painted on that side and the roofer reports that they had done a good job of preventing rot getting into the timbers with just one patch repair needed – the boards they removed were fairly damp but did provide free firewood for the lounge all weekend.

The guttering is also being repaired and painted on that side of the house. We are repairing, and replacing where necessary, the original cast iron guttering, rather than using plastic.