It seems according to Tiger productions, that Thrum mill had the highest viewing figures of the series!
Now this could be due to one of three things!
1. Dave reckons I know ‘everybody’! so as I told everyone I know…
2. Could have been nothing else worth watching on other channels! Can’t be this though as I know George Gently was on ‘ the other side’ !
3. last but not least, it could just be down to the fact that Thrum mill is loved by a lot of people ( over 2 million & I certainly don’t know that many people’!!! & apparently they have all been very excited about the re visit!
Still available on catch up for anyone that isn’t included in the 2 million! Or for those (like me) that just couldn’t hear it for all the noise going on)!
Had a great night here with my lovely family including both of our grown up children, who are all of course huge fans especially my Mum:) it was just so lovely watching her reaction at seeing us lot on the telly!
Chris the Son cringes at seeing himself of course! But his work at the mill has been amazing, from bathrooms to wood burning stoves he’s been a leading force
Chris is a self employed, qualified electrician & HETAS engineer & a general all round nice fella & is available for hire !!! ( his Dad often comes as part if the deal he he)
Dave is happy to share the knowledge he has gained from the whole water wheel experience! Just e mail or call with any comments, queries, problems & if he knows the answers he’ll be more than happy to tell you!
Thanks for watching, reading & caring x
So the time has arrived! this Wednesday at 8! Channel 4 Restoration man!!! Oh dear!
Tune in for what promises to be a very entertaining, informative, cringingly embarrassing ( for us) hour & hope you enjoy it muchly
Work hasn’t stopped for us though! last week there we were out on the mill race with a Ping pong ball measuring how long it took the said ball to swim 10 meters down stream! Not sure what the idea of this was! I just do as I’m told!!!
This information has been carefully calculated by my clever maths teacher niece (Vicki) & her clever maths teacher friend ( Gail), & along with lots of other information the endless forms have now been sent off to the environment’s department! & now we wait… The ultimate aim of this lengthy process is ‘Hydro’ to light & maybe even ‘heat’ the mill using the powers of the water & of course the amazing water wheel! So… fingers crossed for this!
William Armstrong would be so thrilled that his beloved Cragside along the road, is very soon to be up & running for hydro electricity also harnessing the power of the Coquet thanks to the soon be installed archamedies screw, set to generate up to 12 kW of power! This is hopefully going to light the whole place:)
Let’s hope we won’t be far behind with our plans, although these things are never straight forward! Abstraction licenses don’t come easy even though we won’t be abstracting & the wheel has been there in some form doing the same thing ( going around) for hundreds of years!
So… That aside it’s on to working on the barn next door in Ernest!
Hopefully won’t take as long as the mill! The Threshing barn will look ‘amaaaazing’ ( as George would say) so you can all come on that journey with me from start to finish but let’s get Wednesday over first!
Hankies at the ready and enjoy
Thanks for reading the ramblings of a lady mill owner!!! x
We have been extremely lucky here at the mill and boy do we know it , we have had the best team anyone could possibly hope for but sadly it’s coming to an end as Dean is moving on:(
Dean has journeyed through huge challenges, building the water wheel welding, plastering, painting, pointing & so on & so on!!! The list is endless! and it has been for him as it has been for Dave, a huge learning curve! We hope all the knowledge and experience he has absorbed will come in very handy in his future.
Life has never been dull ( or quiet) with Dean around he’s quite a singer & general all round funny guy!
But fortunately as well as being Dave’s right hand man he is also a very close friend so will never be far off!!! we love him to bits & wish him the very best of luck with his new adventure! ( but he’s always welcome back if it’s too tame) !!! (There is a barn to do now )!!!
When we first got the mill some interesting if not a bit dusty ( mucky ) glass slides/plates were found in the kiln wall on the middle floor.
Dave brought them home in a box & we thought ( naively) that we could ‘clean them up’!!! Anyone who knows anything about these slides would know that soap & water is not the way to do it!!!
So the first mystery person/ scene… sadly floated down the plug hole!
So to protect the rest, we put them safely back in ‘the biscuit tin’ & up on top of the freezer for five years ( well they had already sat in a wall for over fifty years so what’s a few more)!
When we moved into the mill of course the mucky, mystery slides/plates came with us!
One day I decided enough was enough & these poor people in the biscuit tin needed rescuing!
We carefully took one out held it up & took a photograph of it! I put it on my Facebook page ( Rothbury past present & future) & appealed to anyone who knew how to go about bringing them to life!
Before I knew it my dusty negative was transformed into ‘a person of substance’! Amazing!!!
Mike Todd who was no stranger to glass plates & all the complications & delicacies that accompany them took them under his wing to rescue them all as best he could! We were absolutely amazed at what Mike did with them, hours & hours if painstaking work!
( see photos before the next exciting episode)!!!
Well tomorrow Restorations film crew will be descending in Thrum mill for the final time!
I think we can safely say we have achieved exactly what we set out to achieve & I can only compare the whole experience as being like child birth!!!
Long slow painful process, but oh so so worth it at the end! and once the pain is over and something amazingly wonderful achieved the pain is all forgotten!
As they say (whoever they…are! ) ‘ nothing worth having ever came easy’!
I hope you get to watch the finished results on your Telly’s ( date now to be confirmed but watch this space! )
Well after a good old scramble through the bramble we managed to get some nice shots of the mill & beautifully balanced turning water wheel from across the river! It was I must say a very strange experience sitting ( in the mud) thinking well I can’t get any mucky Er! And also thinking that what we were looking at & admiring with such pride was the fruits if 5 years hard labour!
It has been an amazing journey with our very small band of helpers who we will be eternally grateful too for their hard work, passion and unfaltering determination!
So that’s it for 2013 what a way to end it!
Last New Year’s Eve determined to stay at the mill to see the new year in we took our glass of bubbly down on to the rocks. & toasted Thrum mill at midnight! Then slept in the kiln on a putty up!!!
This year is all together different & we are thrilled to be able to have our lovely family stopping with us to celebrate the New Year with a few drinks & maybe even a firework or 2!
So thank you for keeping up with our blog and here’s hoping you all have a very Happy healthy 2014 & don’t forget to watch the first episode of the new Restoration man on the 2nd of Jan, I think they are revisiting Inverness!
We are the last episode in the series Thursday 20th of Feb! See you then & better still see you at the mill sometime!!!
Your always welcome
Best wishes Margaret & Dave xx
Good morning from a very soggy ( outside) Thrum mill!
Seasons greetings to all.
I just thought I would share a few festive photos with you all & wish you a very Happy, peaceful & healthy new year:)
I thought I could treat all you loyal Thrum mill followers to a sneak preview of Thrum mill wheel turning by the force of water! ( it has been pushed around like a hamster wheel in its testing stage) well it is a water wheel I hear you say!
So here it is along with some Thrum Christmas shots.
We hope you all have a lovely Christmas & don’t forget to tune in for Restoration man series 4 starting Thursday the 2nd of January! I think we will be at the end of the series I will let you know when we know x
When is a water mill a house?
Thrum mill is now a Water mill once again!
Yes it now has a 5ft wheel with 32 paddles and looks amazing supposing we say so ourself!
Yesterday 12/12/2013 it turned as it would have over 50 years ago.
My Sister & brother in law were with us to celebrate with our Son Chris, & we raised a glass ( out on the rocks at 11p.m! Whilst watching the wheel go around so smoothly thanks to the clever workings out & endless calculations along the way!
I think the best thing to do is to let you wait until Jan/Feb in the new series of Restoration man to see the wheel turning ( I don’t want to spoil it for you!) but until then, enjoy some photographs I will post between now & then
Thank you for sharing this amazing journey with us, please leave messages as we value your comments. XX
Well at long long ( 6 months exactly to be exact) last, we now have Internet at Thrum mill… Now that’s a first!!!
There will be no stopping me now!
What else has happened I hear you ask! Well… bit more flood defence coming along nicely, weather has been very kind, hasn’t stopped the lads getting wet mind! Up to their waders they have been! ( bless them)!
Whilst working there, they come across a nice little artefact (see photo) just pleased it missed the Mill! also a bit more of the old water wheel ( need to take its photo)!
Lots of lights gone up! take so much choosing! Can’t just put any old lovely modern things up.
Been doing lots of baking with the lovely Esse cooking machines! Better keep practicing for when you drop in!
Christmas cake getting made soon, can’t wait for our very first Christmas here, not only living at the Mill but in the countryside which is soooo exciting:) you can remind me I said that when I’ve been snowed in for weeks ( I’m a wimp & won’t be driving in the snow)
Next post will be from my office headquarters otherwise known as the little room off the living room! Getting my desk top computer sorted this week! Oh all those wires!!!
Thanks for reading x