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
Well as usual it was left to my fantastic 3 man work force to get the job done & so they did, with the use of a bit if brain, Back bone & bottle…and waders of course they didn’t mess aboot ( Deans words) & they got the job done!
Well there has been a shortage of manpower for a wee while but we are back on track now to the big finish! Cameras were due to come back this month & we would have been done !!! for that, but it’s now delayed until just after Christmas! ( haven’t worked out yet if the decs will still be up)! Anyway… the wheel will be turning merrily by the time they do come! ( I hope)! Mill race has been getting cleared in preparation thanks to my three strong men, all we need now is a sluice control in place & we will be clear to precede:)
The weather has been very kind to us this year, I’ll post some Autumn shots for you in the next post!
It will be ” interesting” to see what winter has in store for us, but I’m sure there will be some good photo opportunities anyway !
Well Ken & Mike have returned to do a bit more measuring! lots of measuring!!! for gearing mechanism & planning for future Hydro! Ken uses some very technical terms, I think we may require a Barrington dictionary!!!
It’s the first time they have seen the fruits of their labour! (the water wheel) clever chaps those Barrington lads:) so pleased to have them on board:) Chocolate cake is sure to help them along:)!!!
Time is getting on & and we still have a mill race to be emptied of stones before any wheel can start turning! So … If you fancy a nice day out ( while the river is low) leave your name & I’ll let you know when it’s happening! refreshments provided in the form of tea coffee soft drinks & homemade cake!!! a free guide around the mill of course!
Unfortunately I have no photographs to back up my exciting sighting but I have seen my very first Otter on the rocks at the Thrum, and a Kingfisher! all in one weekend how lucky am I! not to mention the regular visitors like the Dippers the Heron etc.
A bit more progress with the wheel this week, won’t be able to get it sprung into action though until the Mill race is cleared of rocks washed down by the last floods! there are quite a lot of them! may need a rock re location team put together! sign up here!!!
The sluice gate will also have to be up & running to stop anything likely to damage the wheel drifting down! work is in progress on this now!
Should be moved in good n proper by next week, nothing much left in what I have called my home for the last 30 years! a bit sad of course but definitely time for a change!
Still no internet yet! looks like we will be off air for a little while when it gets switched of in our house at Whitley on the 12th of August! but will have lots to talk about when I do get it!!! I will post again before the glorious 12th though!
Wr ell where do I start!
Massive thanks to Barrington’s for achieving some amazing bits of metal work! Hi Ken!!!
And also to Adrian & Tom at Peak Oak for supplying the timber throughout the Mill & the Wheel!
Thanks also to Jess our lovely Black Lab for keeping them all in check with her project management skills!
And of course Dave Dean Chris & Kev for putting it together xxx
Hi sorry it’s taken so long for a new post but believe it or not its because I couldn’t remember how too!!! (as I said I’m not very good at this) but anyway i’m please it has now been aired in Australia so a lot of happy people there!
Another reason (excuse) for not posting is because we are coming and going between Whitley bay & the mill & still have no internet in the mill! & when I’m at Whitley i’m packing boxes! now have never moved before this is a big challenge!
The doors are all done now & my Hobbit door get’s a lot of attention, it’s very cute as long s you ‘mind your head’! (see photo)! indoors is coming along lovely, ready for nice colours & a bit of individuality on the walls instead of the Magnolia!!!
The wheel is under wraps (in case they make mistakes)!!! but its looking fab!