Well better late than never as they say!
No… It’s not finished but at least I’ve got around to writing about it!
All is going well I’m pleased to report!
Weather has been very kind allowing lots of stone work to be done!
Locally sourced stone has proved invaluable in keeping ‘the look’ just right! Talking of stone…
It’s nice to live here at the mill & have Dave working just a stones throw away! That means I can keep an eye on him!!!
He still does silly things ( of course)! but if he knows I’m not far off to tell him off, he restricts himself!… No hospital visits so far ‘touch wood’
Hopefully the felt will going on soon & roof work will be completed before the winter which couldn’t possibly be as mild as last one!!!
I’m working on my ‘living in a water mill’ blog so one of these days!!! But in the mean time I’ll post some barn pictures!
Thanks for taking the time to read :) !!!
So now it’s time to get going again with this building malarkey !
Scaffold is now all safely assembled so work on the roof can start, a bit of work has been carried out ( as a matter of emergency) at the front of the barn so all is good there now!
First of all I’d better tell you all about the barns use in the past & the future plans!
A threshing barn would have been the fresh corn from the fields first stop! In there, the corn would be prepared for the drying kiln ( in the mill ) and taken down with a trolley to the big double doors ( now the entrance to the semi subterranean kitchen)
Unlike the mill building itself the threshing barn Is not listed so there is a slightly more relaxed feel about this stage of the build!
Obviously we will be using the same build technique & a sympathetic restoration to the exterior so it will be in keeping with the mill itself!
The barn will be used for garaging 2 cars and a bit of storage space! and upstairs which will be entered from the exterior with stone steps up the side & will be a 1 bedroom self contained annex for friends & family:)
Watch the journey as it progresses & words of encouragement won’t go a miss!!!
Enjoy the ride… & thank you for caring:) x
Sorry I’m a wee bit behind with my blog because since we moved into the mill at the end of August life has been on fast forward!
I just may be catching up with myself now following the huge interests that Thrums episode of Restoration man created .
The barn is almost fully scaffolded now & it’s temporary floor is giving us a taste of the space available.
Photos to follow very soon promise!!!
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:)