Thursday, 24 July 2014

Yee haw!

My kids are enjoying life in Utah and spent today getting kitted out for tonights rodeo.....their dad is too but modesty forbids a pic of the scouse cowboy....cue jokes about my building practises!

Friday, 18 July 2014

This is how we roll.

The kids pick their favourite vehicles, I settle for the biggest planet destroying gas guzzler I can find...god bless America!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Off we go!

Family OTW are off to spend summer in our second home, sunny California , a break I've been grafting hard for the last 2 years, so roll on the family good times.(flying over Greenland as seen in pic always looks great)

Thursday, 3 July 2014

sticky fingers

There is not much and iced lolly cant fix.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Nearly there

Posts for fencing and gates going in today, another week or so of good weather and all outside work on bothy should be done.....phew!

Friday, 20 June 2014

Happy friday

I have a happy I'm a happy dad, happy days.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Practise makes perfect

The wood guy made mock ups of oak staircase balustrades and stringer from mdf....I like them so carve away my good man.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Whats newel?

Considering the inherent crappiness of the drawings I supplied somebody did a bang up job on my oak newel post....ta very much.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

By God

This is how I feel this weekend.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Little and large

Either my little boy has been helping build using his toy construction equipment or this is to scale and I accidently built a cottage 400ft high...if you knew me this wouldn't seem so unlikely.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Moving on

Back door to bothy now in and pad laid ready for sandstone flags, good progress given that yet another wet English summer has set in.....bring on the liquid sunshine.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Mad axeman

I've been making great progress on my build but other jobs have consequently fell by the wayside. As can be seen I have quite a bit of wood waiting to be split and chopped but its only six weeks till I disappear to California and time is tight....busy this weekend then!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014


The pic shows half a ton of cast iron rainwater goods painted and ready to install on new house. Its great stuff to work with but a bit on the expensive side putting it mildly.The foundry offered to pre paint at a cost of £1200! a few hours and 60 quids worth of paint I'm just about finished....frugal mcdougal me.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014


Last week this tree stump had me beaten, today we will call it a draw...time to summon up my inner navvie bejasus!