The end of 2013 and ChristmasThe two newest Camels had milestone birthdays, Mark's 50th and Holly's 30th -- both of which were celebrated in raucous style in the run-up to Christmas.
Family members came to stay, so there was much readying of the house to make it homely and comfortable, including this rather handy handle. This is the first step towards making the house more accessible for those who can't use stairs.
|A useful handle for an elderly relative, installed by Mark in the pre christmas spruce-up|
|The downstairs loo, cleared of mould and much of the paint!|
Work on the hallway has gathered momentum ahead of the re-opening of our healing room in March - more updates on that in due course. In the meantime check out our stripping skills:
|The stairway half way through paint-stripping|
|The paint here was almost a centimetre thick in places... also lead-based, so we needed to wear masks|
|This will look great when sanded and finished|
|Nearly there: The hall, stairwell and landing needs to be ready for the grand re-opening of our healing room, which will be at the end of March|
|The new work bench, thanks to the work of Jim. Those lower horizontals are made from reclaimed stairs|
|Much of our building wood has now been stowed away, making for more work-space|
|The whole of the garage, a work in progress|
Aside from those ongoing projects, plenty of other things have been occurring, such as maintaining this wood store, which we reinforced as it was in bad shape on the right hand side.
|Our log pile, with cut wood ready for seasoning|
|A friend of the co-op has helped us cut the log-pile down to size|
|Our nearly-new piano! Any tuners out there?|
|Helen's beautiful solstice banner and our tree.|