Friday July 31st 1992

Another hot and sunny day ended the 5th building week with the installation of roof braces the priority as the scaffolders came today and erected a fourth side to the structure so that we will be in a position to finish off the roof early next week.

Sonny Amis came to look at the Heronshaw foundations that we had excavated, and he agreed that the old piles were worth capping. To see "Norah's Arc" at the Arts Theatre and Picasso's Pizza for tea

Yet another hot and sunny day and I joined David and Steven on the site at 8.00am. My achievement today was to apply the second coat of stain to the windows and also to organise more materials and work to be done. The workmen braced the eaves of the enclosed side of the boathouse and installed two runs of the roof wind braces and then started on the final roof truss that will face the river. The scaffolders came today and erected a fourth side to the structure so that we will be in a position to finish off the roof early next week. I also arranged for Sonny Amis to come and look at the Heronshaw foundations that we had excavated, and he agreed that the old piles were worth capping and that we could plan a scheme to introduce new piles and tie them in with the old ones.

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Wednesday July 29th 1992

On another fine and sunny day, I joined the girls for a trip to Wroxham and then Di took the family and Steve’s Andrew to the beach as I work on staining the frames and finished investigating the piling on the old Heronshaw; deciding that it had subsided.

We were lucky enough to have another fine and sunny day, but I was slow to get up this morning and only just got out in time for the start of work at 8.00am. Got another coat of stain on the iroko windows and then joined the girls for a trip to Wroxham, having coffee at the normal place. Then all up to Jewson’s where we looked again at bathrooms together and I sorted out quite a lot more ordering with Richard Fisher. Lunch at The Old Tea Shoppe by the river and then Di took our girls plus Andrew to the seaside at Winterton whilst I stayed at Heronshaw to carry on staining and supervising the work. The workmen finished off the king post trusses today and then fitted the purlins along the length of the open boat-shed roof.

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Tuesday July 28th 1992

Taking the family with Daniel to Pleasurewood Hills enjoying a range of shows and rides of which I enjoyed the sea-lion show the most. Whilst we were gone, Steven helped the builders forming the three king post trusses in position.

Once back, I applied wood stain to door and window frames and paid off the electrician before he left after finishing the electrical carcassing so that all the wires were laid ready for lining

Another very nice summer's day - warm and sunny but not too hot. I woke quite early, shaved, and dressed without disturbing Diana and then went out to open up the garage and shed before Steven joined me in taking off the cover to let the wood dry off. He was quiet and still grumpy about being organised yesterday but lightened up during the day to be his usual friendly self by the evening. They obviously worked hard today, forming just about all of three king post trusses whilst in position and now have some struts to fit. The principal rafters look very good and substantial, and I must now organise some steel straps to secure them. Steven helped in this process and finished off shredding the vegetation that was lying about. I applied a second coat of wood stain to both sides of the main upper window and can concentrate on the other two fire door frames tomorrow and then the windows themselves afterwards.

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Thursday July 23rd 1992

Sorting out the window issue with Stalham Joinery on a warm and mostly fine day as we chance upon the Bloom family in McDonalds and invited them back to Horning for the night.

I was awake early again this morning and so got up, made my drink and breakfast, shaved and then went over to unlock the shed and garage ready for the day's work. I tackled the window frames again and sanded off the first and largest of the frames ready for its second coat of wood stain. Soon I left with the family for Norwich, stopping as usual in Wroxham for morning coffee. Whilst the girls were in the library, I went over to Jewsons to discuss further materials before we went on to a few plumbing and home improvement places. No shortage of good bathroom sets at competitive prices. Lunch at McDonalds on the way back and there surprised to see Steven Bloom and family arriving as we left.

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