Today is Friday and work progresses apace. The wall between the kitchen and the living area has been removed and the custom designed beam has been installed. This beam which was designed by our structural engineer Di of Breck Designs had to ‘hide’ in the ceiling space whilst supporting the old flat roof joists. We particularly wanted the ceiling to flow from the kitchen to the dinning / living rooms area with no visual breaks. This has now been achieved, and with this wall down and the hole for the new window being made the whole space has been transformed and flows beautifully ( I think I may have been watching too many ‘Grand Designs’ ! )
I popped down to Stromness this morning to Merrimans the electricians to put the deposit down for the Solar PV panels on the Garage roof before the Government reduce the feed in tariff as they are planning to do in January.
Last night was my first night ‘home alone’ as Anna is in Indian for a couple of weeks. I decided to take myself to a presentation at the Pier Arts centre in Stromness entitled ‘Art & Archaeology’. The place was packed and there were several faces that I recognised. The first speaker was Alex Leonard who is an illustrator and does the weekly ‘Giddy Limit’ cartoon in the Orcadian. I love this cartoon series and have one of his prints on the wall here (well actually it is in a box currently, as we don’t have any wall left to hang it on at the moment!). Alex was talking about his planned new story ‘Brodgar Boy’ based in the Neolithic Ness of Brodgar, the characters look great! His talk was funny and very interesting. The next talk was a more serious one about the Neolithic artwork that has been found at the Ness (The largest collect of its type in Northern Europe). The final talk was from the artist in residence at the World Heritage Site and I must confess that a lot of what he was explaining was lost on me. My concentration levels were probably not helped by my stomach complaining that there was no sign of dinner yet!