Renovation Diaries 08. Woodworks, insulation and boarding, weekends up the scaffold

For today’s Renovation Diaries instalment, we make strides with the exterior woodworks as the fascia boards are reinstated. There are quite a few evening and weekend painting sessions to get things looking smart before the scaffold comes down. Inside there’s lots more insulation going in and the Chapel gets boarded out. This makes the whole space inside…

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HPH photo diary / 16. Changing light

The afternoons slip quickly into dark evenings this time of year and working by candlelight for a few hours is an unexpected joy I’ve discovered this month. It’s been a busy patch of juggling writing and renovating these last few weeks. This changing light that unfolds now is cooler, but lower, stretching deep into the…

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HPH photo diary / 15. Late September skies

September was a transitional month — unpacking, cleaning, writing, more unpacking, digging, building, painting. And it looks to be that way for a while yet. The houseplants are needing much cleaning as the dust settles. So in the latter part of the month, I tried to get back into taking more frequent walks as a…

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HPH photo diary / 14. Summer Sun

New leaves and new blooms, things are growing and it’s hot hot hot — really feeling like Summer at last. It’s a different kind of warmth to the coastal conditions I’ve been used to — more still and enveloping. Coffees in the garden, tree shadows dancing across my outdoor work table with a gentle breeze,…

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Monstera adansonii propagation

Some time at the start of the year, I decided to take my Monstera adansonii out of its pot + pull it apart. I had been growing it around a U-shaped bamboo stake for nearly a year but it was getting to that point where the longest stems were seriously long + looking a little…

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HOUSEPLANTHOUSE is 4 years old!

A celebratory post today because it’s my blog-i-versary — HOUSEPLANTHOUSE turned 4 years old this week! I always like to share this milestone because setting up HPH has become quite a pivotal point in my career so far. I set this blog up tentatively after I’d finished writing up my doctorate as I craved a…

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