A Castle in the Sky

In March 2013, after years of talking about it we eventually sell up and move out of the city with our 2 year old, Gracie. We both grew up in the countryside and this is what we want for our daughter. So we swap a 2 bed flat in London for a small country pile on the west coast of Scotland that needs a lot of work. I've done a bit of interior design and my partner, Ed has a good knowledge of the outdoors – but we're on a tight budget and we've both got a lot to learn. It's a life time's project and this is a record of our adventure…


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All we want for Christmas is a wood pellet boiler… (Oct 7)

10am. The builders are here.  The scaffolding is up and there are several men on the roof trying to put an extremely large silver tube down the boiler house chimney.

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3pm.  It’s in.  Thank God.  Tomorrow we order the boiler!

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Preparing for winter update (Sep 26)

The radiators arrived today.   9 out of 11 survived the pressure testing.   We went for gun metal grey and they look great.

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The roof insulation is all in.   We have 7 different roof spaces but as half of them had no access  new holes had to be created to get the insulation in and then filled back up.  We now have a thick blanket of wool above our heads which has surely got to make a difference…

However the plans for the biomass installation  (See Preparing for next winter – Apr 7) have been seriously delayed.  The council planners said to estimate 3 months so I doubled it and crossed my fingers that it would be in before Christmas.  It’s tight.   The man from the council is coming next week and it’s a 5 week lead on the boiler….