Spent the week in the cat room. It has been quite exciting, especially on Tuesday afternoon, when, through the miracle of Skype, we were transported to a meeting room in Reading University to discuss paleoclimate research with some colleagues. Hope they enjoyed the occasional cat appearance.
The reason for our retreat is windows, or rather, the hole created when a window is removed. Our house has a lot of windows, and all the topmost ones were all poor in some way. Some were cracked, some failed double glazing, some single glazed, and one was opaque for no reason we can comprehend. Rapid progress has been made. There are to be 15 new panes in total and just 3 still to go - the hard to access ones s behind the stove. Still, they have a nice day for it today with only a couple of inches of snow on the ground! The window peoples do just one window at a time, but one window-sized hole in your open plan living area is enough to make you switch off the central heating and retreat to the cat room with its electric storage radiator and supplementary electric heater. It's been quite snug.
The scaffolding went up at the weekend, and we will keep it up for a while to repoint the upper levels (hopefully it will warm up a bit next week to make this possible). Here are the window peoples (Touchstone Glazing) working on a hole.
And here's a hole where there used to be a failed double glazing unit and is now a lovely new one.
Ten thousand pounds is a lot of money to spend on improved transparency. The previous occupants had done some not very good artwork as well as stuck some transfers on several of the windows to simulate stained glass, so we thought give ourselves something to remember and put leaded lights in the holes where that had previously been decorated windows. Ultimate vanity this, as the images are adapted from my photos. Left to right, top to bottom, Pen-y-ghent, Ribblehead viaduct, Scaleber Force, and Ingleborough. Pen-y-ghent with its bright sun faces east, and Ingleborough is in the south at the west end of the building, where the setting sun catches the light - which is why we made a sunset image. It seems to work - it was glowing very nicely yesterday evening. These leaded lights are double glazed units, with a leaded glass pane stuck in the middle, so sort of triple glazed I suppose.