Well, our housiversary seems a logical time to start trying to post again doesn't it? While I have several posts in draft form, the issues with One Drive discontinuing their guaranteed unlimited storage and subsequently blocking access made organizing and accessing photos for the posts impossible. We're using dropbox now, since we already used it for work. But it's been a steep learning curve for me, and a long process to transfer and attempt to organize our photos. I may just publish the drafts sans photos, if I don't they'll never get posted.
In any case, work has been continuing! The schoolhouse is officially done and is only awaiting the rest of it's paint and the restoration of it's shutters (next spring). The Karmann Ghia is finally parked INSIDE, and it's a wonder to behold. Various patches and repairs have been done on the exterior, including two restored windows and a small gable. The radiator that we pulled from the now demolished rectory has also finally been restored and is installed and working.
Perhaps the biggest revelation is that the great porch rebuilding will be beginning in April. At this point our current entry porch is beginning to fold in half and collapse, and I can't bear the thought of investing time and money into propping the decrepit thing back up. Even the bare bones version of the rebuild is costing at least 5,000 more than we have to spend because of the work involved in the curved gazebo and conical roof. The logical thing to do would be to rebuild it as a polygon, but where's the fun in that? This initial iteration of the porch will consist of a painted osb floor, and 6x6 porch posts to save on money, and similarly, we'll cobble together something for the railings. Like resurrecting the staircase, the priority is the structure, the decorative details can come later. I'm sure I'll have a tremendous number of questions as we go on, but first I suppose it makes sense to make sure people are still out there reading.
So, on this first wintery day, make yourselves warm alcoholic beverages and toast to year six of Thornfield's restoration!