Looking beautiful 

Time to start some outside groundworks as inside is pretty much done in the threshing barn! Just odds & ends to do inside like putting up some of the old working parts which will add to its character… 

The balcony over the river is still being discussed  ( watch this space) architect Hugh Massey coming out tomorrow to discuss options but we have something a bit special in mind of course… Stove still to be chosen & installed by our son Chris  who runs his business along with our daughter Emma at ‘Woodland stove centre’ from here in Rothbury! 

Here’s some photos to keep you going though! 

beautiful tree from nearby cragside!

of course we couldnt use just any old sink!!!

under bed storage not i only looks goid but its very practical!!!

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There or thereabouts!!! 

Well it’s been another long journey getting the Threshing barn done but it is getting there!

It will be very handy having that extra bit space when visitors come to stay & I think we’ve created a nice space! 

Our aim once again has been to be different, pushing boundaries whilst staying true to the building itself! 

Lots of groundworks to do still but it wouldn’t be good to be completely finished or we’d have to find something else to start on! Not that we EVER intend moving away from this one! 

So mill done ✅ threshing barn done ✅ things to do!  fit stove in the barn clear up site, create nice front garden! finish stone work around the wheel! Remove contentious scaffold…take down workshops fit balcony with iron surrounds…

 well yes still a bit to do but we are getting there honest! another ten years & we’ll be done!!! 

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Inside story on the Threshing barn…

Well it’s all coming together nicely in the Threshing barn!  

A bed like no other is being ‘created’ from a silver birch from Cragside & an ancient log that’s been hanging around outside the barn getting a good soaking whenever the river rises!!! & a whole load of other bits of reclaimed wood! 

Can’t wait to see the finished result… 

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He may not drink much but he’s regularly plastered!

   
   

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An inside job!

Bit of snow around today but that’s ok for Dave as he’s concentrating on the inside of the barn! At least he hasn’t got far to travel to work! 

Plastering may not be his favourite job in the world but he’s dam good at it & with regular cups of Tea he should have it done in no time!

Thinking of a screen print behind appropriate glass for the shower room! the thing  is what scene should it be & who can produce it! Thinking of a view of Simonside or Cragside… Jury is out on this at the moment though…

Thanks for reading…. M 

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Photos from 2015! 

   
    
    
    
   

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Happy new year!

Well this year come April we will have had Thrum mill for 8 years🙂 it’s been a busy few years & not without turbulence & good & bad! 

Barn still complete largely due to neighbouring interference not seen since days of the border rievers but I won’t bore you with that! 

As a consequence though things have been forced back but this won’t effect us nearly as much as it will effect others! The fact that some folk are incapable of seeing the future benefits having a ‘completed’ restoration is beyond our comprehension but there you have it!

Super fast broadband has been on order since November 2014 & there again due to neighbouring forces is still not connected! We feel heartily sorry for BT who have tried everything to fulfill there obligations but are being knocked back at every hurdle by certain individuals ‘cutting noses off to spoil faces’!!! Never mind we can live without it for now!

On the plus side, since moving into the mill & the village we have come across nothing but lovely positive feedback & come to make some wonderful friendships, we would not wish to live anywhere else in the world:)

Floods… have been a constant threat but only a fool would move into a ‘water mill’ & not see it as a possibly problem!!! We don’t worry about it in the slightest & take measures to reduce the risk when we can!

The new series of Restoration man is now on & we are looking forward to seeing our fellow restorer Lee, from Whitingham station showing us his achievements! 

Thanks for reading & I promis to keep writing!!! X 

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The snug ( otherwise known as the lower kiln) is having its Christmas makeover today :) 🎄photos to follow 🔥

   
 

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More about the barn…

Well the threshing barn is nearing completion of the heavy duty bit & boy has it been just that!

Dave & Kevin have had to use a modern equivalent of Roman methods to get these whopping big stones in & up! by ‘rolling’ heavy stone to be used as lintels & steps across scaffold poles, then lifting with chains & hoisting them up! All back breaking stuff but they are tough, strong, ‘Northumbrian’ restoration warriors :) 

When the scaffold that shrouds the barn eventually comes down you will see the stone work in all its glory in place around the Windows door and stairs,  beautifully  pointed with lime mortar! 

We would like to say a HUGE  thanks to ‘Richard & Tom Mason’ of (T Mason & son) at Pondicherry, Rothbury, for sourcing & supplying the various pieces of stone as we know from many years of experience that it’s not easy to find the ‘perfect match’ & its with their many years of experience in the trade & their local knowledge of the area & its surroundings that they knew what would be perfect for use as steps, quoins, lintels etc etc…  ensuring the barn looks like it’s always been there, unchanged for hundreds of years! in true restoration style… 

Some of the stone you will see is from what was, appropriately enough from ‘Little mill’ over the river from here at Wagtail, which fell into disrepair some years ago rendering it dangerous & in need of total, careful, demolishion before it fell down itself & hurt someone!!!  Thrum mill was showing major signs of going exactly the same way but fortunately you know the rest of that story…(some crazies came along & fixed it)!!! 

Its lovely also to think that ‘little mill’ is not lost & gone forever, but it has the chance to live on for hundreds of more years just across the coquet! 

The Mason’s also had other stone from up & around the coquet, so again perfect for this restoration & you would never, unless it was pointed out to you! know which stones they were.

That’s the sign of a perfect restoration,  built in keeping with what is existing already & truely in keeping! so once again many thanks to them Thrum mill & it’s threshing barn certainly wouldn’t look like this without you:) 

I have given the barn the nick name of ‘Thrumdacherry!!! Photos to follow… 

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The steps!

it took a long time to find them & many miles were covered to collect them but at last they are in!  

 

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