Wednesday, February 02, 2011
I've been doing a lot of indoor work during all of this, spending yesterday and today tiling the high sills below clerestory windows that run around the sides and back of the house. The sills mark the top of the poured concrete shell on which the framed portions of the house sit. Since the house is set into the hillside, ground level occurs about five feet up the walls in the back and on the sides, thus the high windows. The sills have bothered me from the beginning--I like their line in the room but they gather dust and dirt. We've been putting small art objects on the sills, which is fine, but they were never set off well.
Since the guys who tiled the shower over-bought with abandon, I've had boxes and boxes of tile lying around the mechanical room for years. I had already tiled the low sills in the front of the house, so tiling the rear sills seemed the next natural step. I've got tile in the kitchen, dressing room and our bedroom set in with the adhesive. After the adhesive's had a chance to dry thoroughly, I can apply grout and the job will be done.
We have unintentionally created a monster, or at least an obese woodpecker. In the picture above, the white sticking out on both sides of the body is the huge breast and belly of a once sleek bird. He comes to the suet often during the day and sits there for up to five minutes just pigging out. He can still fly somehow -- we both thought he would be too heavy by now -- but it's getting harder and harder for him to walk up and down the tree trunk in any sort of normal woodpecker posture.
We hope our snow is behind us and the daffs begin to appear, but up in Scotland it's bad winter business as before.