Just In The Nick Of Time..


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Terraces, the birds’ eye view


Whilst we’ve been having a jolly time swinging around on ladders to take unaccustomed shots of the garden, there has been a serious purpose to the scaffolding.


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Over the last year or so the chimney has started to take on a list. The brickwork had clearly seen better days. But once we were able to climb up onto the roof the full scale of the problem was revealed.


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It was actually possible to wiggle the pot about and lift some of the concrete coping straight off.


Fires are obviously a serious risk when your roof is made of straw and the chimney should be rigorously maintained. I’ve also written before about the problems posed by wood burners in a thatched house. So to determine the way forward on both fronts we had a chimney specialist around to have a look. As it turns out the type of wood burner we have is less hazardous than some. It can be used with the doors open and thus produces less heat, more akin to an open fire. The other significant thing in our favour is the structure of the chimney. It is stone, rather than brickwork, which passes up through the thatch making heat transference much less likely. And with the stack positioned on the outside wall of the cottage there’s plenty of adjacent airflow to keep it cool.

The upper part of the chimney, however, most definitely did need work.


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New brickwork arises from the stone base of the stack


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It’s a shame about the stainless steel cowl but it has to be there to prevent sparks from the fire erupting from the top of the chimney and landing on the roof. The grill acts as a bird guard too. Without doubt you’ll already have spotted the biggest difference between old and new. We’ve sprouted an extra pot! There is a second flue in the stack for a (sealed off) fireplace in the bedroom. By rights it should have been ventilated when the chimney was last rebuilt.

So, a safe working fireplace and no shortage of wood to burn. Just in time for the cooler nights!




Of course all that picture taking and time spent up on the scaffolding “talking to the builders” gave Mike ample opportunity to keep tabs on the gardener. And the progress she was making..


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She does need to get a wriggle on too.

This is the area immediately beyond the section of Precipitous Bank you normally see. A nice crop of willow herb growing in there Mrs.. seeding away for England. The strip along the front edge of the bank has been cleared in anticipation of the NEXT job to be done on the house. It’s a proper hive of activity here I can tell you.


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Errr… must have been a coffee break?




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  1. thegardeningshoe October 6, 2015 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Great to know that it’s safe for winter now. That must have been one long coffee break… were biscuits involved?

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      Oh definitely. In fact, as it was quite warm last week, it could even have been a salted caramel ice cream..

  2. Marian St.Clair October 6, 2015 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Congrats on ticking another thing off the list, and such an important one too. I hope Mike took a few photos of the countryside while in the stratosphere…the peek we get from the 4th photo is amazing.

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      The pictures show how steep the valley is too. And that we are almost completely surrounded by trees at the lower level.

  3. Vintage Jane October 6, 2015 at 10:56 am - Reply

    What a fine new chimney. We need to have the mesh on top of our replaced – last year, we came into the living room to hear a tapping and a flappin’ coming from the woodburner! A Jackdaw had fallen down the chimney and was now sitting inside the woodburner tapping at the glass. Luckily for him he fell when the fire hadn’t been lit! You can imagine the fun and games we had getting him out, but we managed it and he flew off to live another day!
    Love that first pic of your terrace.

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 7:07 pm - Reply

      Oh crikey, that must have given you a shock. And the jackdaw no doubt!
      I chased one around our previous cottage that had found its way down the chimney. It set off the burglar alarm and the police got called out. Not easy to catch either.. and then there was all the poop. It was obviously a bit anxious.

  4. Jill Anderson October 6, 2015 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Nice to see all that wonderful countryside around you, gives some context to the garden. Good to have everything safe and sound!

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks. If it’s going to be a cold winter as is forecast I think we’re going to need a bit of extra warmth.

  5. Mark and Gaz October 6, 2015 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Strange as this may sound but I’m liking your new chimney, looks good! And a perfect opportunity as well to get a vista (and photos) of your garden that you don’t normally get (looks great from those angles too!).

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      They made a good job of it. It’ll feel much safer now when the wind gets up!

  6. sustainablemum October 6, 2015 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Looks like you did do that job in the nick of time. We need to do ours too, but with a slate roof it can wait till we have the funds ;). We have a lovely terracotta cowl on ours otherwise we would have Jackdaws nesting in our chimney they make such a mess!

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 7:29 pm - Reply

      Don’t leave it too long.. there’s always a risk of a pot or brick or even the whole chimney blowing down in a gale. I did ask if there was a terracotta equivalent of the stainless steel cowl, yours sounds much nicer.

  7. Sam October 6, 2015 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Lovely views from the top. Any high-up job involving scaffolding is blinking expensive so it’s great you had an expert to advise re venting, etc and get all that done. It must be a big relief to have that done. We have similar cowls on our chimneys to prevent the gulls nesting on them but they still land on top and you can hear them from inside scuffling around on the metal.

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      In the summer we had a blackbird that used the chimney for his evening chorus. It could be heard quite clearly inside the house. And you’re right, scaffolding is very expensive. I must admit I don’t understand why it should be so.. how much does it cost to buy a few poles?

  8. Pauline October 6, 2015 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    That’s another good job done, nice to know that you will be safe and cosy this winter!

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      Thanks Pauline. I’ve not dared use the fire up to now, it will be great to have that luxury this winter.

  9. Annie Cholewa October 6, 2015 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Another tick on the list … how many to go? And am I right in thinking that last shot was taken from your long drive?

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      I’ve stopped counting! Yes, that’s how I got the shot. At that point the drive is about level with the chimney.

  10. Linda aka Crafty Gardener October 6, 2015 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Good to know the chimney and fireplace are safe. There is so much to know about maintaining a “chocolate box” house. You are doing a fine job.

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      Thanks Linda. There is a lot we don’t know too. Thank goodness for the internet and the ability to research everything. We’d be lost without it.

  11. Rosemary October 6, 2015 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    You must be both relieved and pleased to have another job ticked off – the chimney looks as if it has been really well rebuilt for you.

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      Yes, they did a fabulous job using handmade bricks and lime mortar. It should see us out.

  12. Julie October 6, 2015 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Your new chimney stack looks very swanky! We had ours repaired two years ago, we were quite surprised at how much deterioration there was and we have a regular roof not a thatch, peace of mind is worth so much.

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      I suppose they do bear the brunt of the weather. I don’t think it would have been too much longer before we lost the pot off this one. It was very loose.

  13. Cathy October 6, 2015 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Oh what a wonderful opportunity for those unexpected shots!

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      I remember you taking a shot from the roof of your house, it certainly gives a whole new perspective on the garden doesn’t it.

  14. Christina October 6, 2015 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Hi Jessica, so cool to see these birds eye perspective shots of your garden! You must experience a great relieve having fixed your chimney. Minimize fire hazards in a thatched roof cottage as much as possible is certainly key and the opened up possibility of cozy and safe evenings with the wood burner on in the dark months of the year must be quite nice. But hey, how in the world did you do the last shot?
    Warm regards,

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      Our driveway climbs up the hill at the back of the house. At the point where we took the photo it is about level with the chimney! It’s an odd feeling gardening on that slope and being at roof level.

  15. Jennifer October 6, 2015 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    I’m glad to know the chimney is safe now. I’m fascinated by the idea of thatched roofs. I’ve never seen one for real but it seems so…Shakespearean in my imagination. I would love to see one up close someday.

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      They are a mixed blessing Jennifer. Very quaint to look at, but a lot of trouble and expense to maintain. It seems especially bad down here, where it is so wet. The next job is to have some repairs done and the moss brushed off of it. The birds pinch bits for their nests and the squirrels try to bury their nuts in it!

  16. Vera October 6, 2015 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Nice chimney pot. We have just had ours redone, but it looks more like something from a children’s fairy story book rather than looking as professionally built as yours! As for having a wood burning stove with a thatched roof…….well, our Rayburn is possibly going to be plumbed in over the next few days, and already I am having scary thoughts about sparks escaping and setting light to our wooden ceilings! I am not sure, therefore, that I could cope with having thatch as well!

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Yay! The Rayburn at last! We will both be a bit cosier this winter.

  17. Freda October 6, 2015 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    They have done a lovely job there (as have you).

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      They have for sure. Mine’s a work in progress. Was it ever thus. 🙂

  18. bumbleandme October 6, 2015 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Great job on the chimney stack! It must be reassuring to know you can now have as many fires as you like and be safe and sound.

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      It needed doing for many reasons. We’ve built up a huge wood store and are now running out of space. It will be good to find a use for some of it. The oldest has been seasoning for a few years now so it should be perfect.

  19. Jacqueline October 6, 2015 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Oh Jessica ……. that chimney looks so much better ….. and safer !!!!! We have had to rebuild many a chimney over the years and have now had all of ours capped …. we used to get all sorts of birds falling down our chimneys !!!! I could tell you many a revolting story of pigeons and a magpie !! It wasn’t pretty !! XXXX

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      The cottage that we rented had a crows nest lodged in the top of the chimney so when we tried to light a fire all the smoke came into the room. Eventually the whole thing collapsed into the hearth, thankfully sans crow. After that whenever we heard them chattering on the chimney pot we lit a fire to try and dissuade them. Seemed to work, but obviously it relies on you being at home at the time!

  20. Amy at love made my home October 6, 2015 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Gosh, I am sure that you are pleased to have that all sorted out! I hope that perhaps it means that you can now use the stove! xx

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      It certainly does and I’m looking forward to it!

  21. frayed at the edge October 6, 2015 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    I remember part of our chimney coming down during a January gale when I was at school. It went through the roof of the garden shed and smashed the lawnmower ……. fortunately it was in the middle of the night and we were all safe in bed. We love our log burning stoves – we have one in the house as well as my little one in the studio.

    • Jessica October 6, 2015 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      Never had one before, but hoping this version will be a good compromise between a wood burner and an open fire. It will be great to feel cosy again on cold winter nights.

  22. Sarah October 6, 2015 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    It must have been wonderful to see the garden from a different viewpoint. So glad your chimney has been sorted before any damage has been done . it did look very wonky! Sarah x

    • Jessica October 7, 2015 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      Very wonky indeed. And with the wind whipping up the valley, scary!

  23. Diana Studer October 6, 2015 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    hand made bricks – no wonder it looks so good.
    We have steel ‘cyclone’ cowl.
    Not a thing of beauty.

    • Jessica October 7, 2015 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      We’ll just have to put them down as ‘industrial chic’!

  24. mattb325 October 6, 2015 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Great job on the new chimney. I love the view from up in the heavens! I really like that first shot – it puts the different areas of the garden into a lot of perspective and helps me get a good picture of all of the plans you have for these spaces – I can see why you want to open the garden up to the river area – it will make an already lovely garden utterly stunning!

    • Jessica October 7, 2015 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      It is totally different already. The trouble with opening up vistas is that you want to keep going and open up more and more. The woodland floor is being taken over by saplings which have been left to grow unchecked. But they’re within our capabilities to get down and I have a number of them in my sights.

  25. Amy October 6, 2015 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Obviously a very important job to take care of, Jessica, but I have my doubts… I have my doubts… Will the second chimney pot bring about an insatiable desire to open up that second fireplace?

    • Jessica October 7, 2015 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      I have been thinking about it as it happens… but not to the point of making it functional again. It will stay sealed, but if there’s enough room when we re-plan and redecorate the bedroom I’d like to open up the fireplace as a feature.

  26. Beth @ PlantPostings October 7, 2015 at 3:02 am - Reply

    Great view! Oh, and then we see why. Goodness, it’s good you noticed that chimney before the cold, windy winter. The new arrangement is beautiful as well as functional. You have an amazingly beautiful property, Jessica!

    • Jessica October 7, 2015 at 7:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you Beth. The scaffolding has gone today.. strangely I’m missing it! Or at least I miss the view from the top. I shan’t just be able to climb a ladder and see it again.

  27. pbmgarden October 7, 2015 at 3:44 am - Reply

    You live in a lovely place!

    • Jessica October 7, 2015 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      Thanks Suzie. It looks better from up on the roof, in the garden it’s quite shady.

  28. germac4 October 7, 2015 at 3:54 am - Reply

    What an interesting post on the whole chimney replacement…..the new one looks great. Looking at the photos, I’m quite glad I’m reading all about it from the safety of my study, rather than up on the roof!

    • Jessica October 7, 2015 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      Yes, it did make my head spin a bit up there. Plus we were always having to watch where we put our feet, with big gaps between the scaffolding boards in places.

  29. Kris P October 7, 2015 at 5:32 am - Reply

    Yikes! That chimney did look dicey. I’m glad to see you’ve put everything right. I also note that you sent your husband up the scaffolding this time. I’m definitely going to task my husband with taking photos the next time he’s up on the roof.

    • Jessica October 7, 2015 at 9:44 pm - Reply

      He insisted I went up there too, just to make sure we got the right photo and he didn’t have to make a return journey 🙂

  30. Brian Skeys October 7, 2015 at 7:55 am - Reply

    A good efficient wood burner is a wonderful thing to have in an older house. I was amused to see what looked like ferns growing out of the old chimney, I guess it was a little to high for you to have a fernery?
    Enjoy a warm winter.

    • Jessica October 7, 2015 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      There are still ferns up there, but it’s the thatcher in next and he’s already said he’ll ‘weed’ both chimneys for me. There are plants growing in the straw as well, mostly wild foxgloves. I’ve removed all the parents from the bank this year so hopefully we’ve seen the last of the seed wafting around.

  31. Sue October 7, 2015 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Wow … as you say just in the nick of time. It’s nice to have these sort of jobs out of the way before Winter sets in too.

    I hate it when houses aren’t left with ventilation, especially an old cottage such as yours that really needs to breathe, so good on you for reinstating the second pot with ventilation for the bedroom. You’ve most likely done the cottage a few real favours there. It looks good too, much more balanced 🙂

    • Jessica October 7, 2015 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      I’d agree, it does look better. I’m sure we’ll find more things that need correcting as we go around. It’s so important to make sure the walls can breathe and the house is properly ventilated, especially with cob. Over the last few decades modern materials have been used far too often in these old buildings causing a great deal of harm. I wish we could do something about the uPVC windows, but the budget doesn’t stretch to that at the moment.

  32. Anne Wheaton October 7, 2015 at 8:48 am - Reply

    We had scaffolding up for the same reason and had a wonderful view. On the one hand it would be good to get up there and take another look ten years on when things have changed so much and on the hand, I don’t want there to be another reason for erecting scaffolding.
    I hope Mike didn’t find any more jobs to do while he was up there. Is that greenery I can see sprouting from the other chimney stack?

    • Jessica October 7, 2015 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      The scaffolding was taken down today and already I’m missing the view. But you’re right, far better NOT to have need for scaffolding! Yes, it’s more greenery. It’s very difficult to stop it from taking root, especially in this damp climate. The bank being at roof level doesn’t help either as seeds can easily waft across and find their way into gaps in the brickwork. But hopefully we’ve got a thatcher coming in soon and he’s promised to do some weeding while he’s up there!

  33. Janet/Plantaliscious October 7, 2015 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Amazing to have that view of your garden, but goodness, talk about just-in-time maintenance! Glad you can be snug this winter without fear of stary sparks, collapsing chimneys or thatch fires. And every gardener knows that regular tea breaks to ponder progress are an essential part of the process…

    • Jessica October 7, 2015 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      Tea breaks are absolutely essential, if only to stretch the poor aching back!

  34. monica October 7, 2015 at 11:59 am - Reply

    we’ve just sorted out our chimney in anticipation of our wooden stove… you wouldn’t catch me up there on the roof though… oh on

    • Jessica October 7, 2015 at 10:14 pm - Reply

      There are gritted teeth involved, climbing up that ladder. It’s worth it though, honest! The views are amazing.

  35. Rick Nelson October 7, 2015 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    It’s amazing how long what appear to be rotten structures will last. I look down on our garden from an upstairs window and the overhead views are somehow so much more encompassing of the character of the garden.

    • Jessica October 7, 2015 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      I do a lot of planning from upstairs windows, it’s much easier to visualise the effect of changes than it is from the ground.

  36. hoehoegrow October 8, 2015 at 9:39 am - Reply

    OOh, I’ve got a touch of vertigo just looking at your photos! Bet that was a fascinating perspective on the garden.
    Glad you have bird guards – my fantails have been known to make unannounced visits into the sitting room – didn’t notice one sitting quietly on the curtain rail for AGES!
    Also, I strongly agree with all your comments on thatches and woodburners as a friend lost their house completely due to this. It just has to be properly done in the first place, as you say. You can relax now it is done and enjoy toasting your toes by the stove all winter!

    • Jessica October 8, 2015 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      I’m so sorry to hear about your friend’s house. There was a similar tragedy in the next village to us a couple of years back. It’s so sad. Until these things happen we’re often not aware of the dangers. But sadly old cottages were never designed to cope with the fierce heat that a modern wood burner can produce.

  37. Sue Garrett October 8, 2015 at 10:58 am - Reply

    You must feel much happier and safer now that your chimney has been restored. And what are unique opportunity for taking photographs. Maybe you need the scaffolding to be put back up in another 10 years time to see how things have changed.

    • Jessica October 8, 2015 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      It would be good to see the changes wouldn’t it. But I could live without the expense. Who knew scaffolding would cost so much? Just for a few poles and boards?

  38. SeagullSuzie October 8, 2015 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Thank goodness you had that work done, I don’t think the chimney would have lasted another winter! Great views from up there too.

    • Jessica October 8, 2015 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      I think you’re right. It did look pretty bad didn’t it.

  39. Angie October 8, 2015 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    You’ll be relieved that job has been done in time. Especially if we are to get the predicted bad winter. Keep up the good work in the garden too – it’s all worth it Jessica.

    • Jessica October 8, 2015 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks Angie. The predicted bad winter is what prompted us to get on with it. It may be cold and snowy but at least we’ll have a chance of being cosy.

  40. Indie October 9, 2015 at 1:55 am - Reply

    Glad you got it fixed! I had no idea you had a thatched roof, or, honestly, that people still had thatched roofs. Very cool! And it looks so pretty, from what part of it I can see from the photos. The bird grate is probably a good thing. My parents have had birds and squirrels come down their chimney in the past. Chasing a sooty squirrel around the house is quite the endeavor!

    • Jessica October 9, 2015 at 10:30 pm - Reply

      Thatched roofs are quite common in some parts of the UK. It’s our second so I suppose I must be hooked! But oh my goodness, I’d never thought of squirrels getting down the chimney. Yikes!

  41. Island Threads October 9, 2015 at 11:54 am - Reply

    it must be nice to know it is all fixed and ready for winter fires Jessica, your terraces look very grand from above, you are so lucky they were there when you arrived, I am trying find cheap ways I can do some in my garden, and that wonderful hard surface below them, oh what would I give, I seem to be noticing hard surfaces in gardens more than plants recently, Frances

    • Jessica October 9, 2015 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      Ideally I’d like to extend the terraces, but the amount of work and cost really puts me off. The hard surface is just concrete, our predecessor had a cement mixer (which we’ve inherited as it happens) and he clearly loved playing with it. There are concrete paths everywhere! But again replacing them would be eye wateringly expensive.

  42. Christina October 9, 2015 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    Very reassuring to have the chimney safe and no danger of sparks setting the thatch alight; I remember the Grand Designs programme of some years ago when a fire completely destroyed a thatch-roofed house. Those views down on the the terrace made me feel quite dizzy!

    • Jessica October 9, 2015 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      I remember that programme too. But much depends on the state of the chimney and liner, the type of wood burner and how it is used. The problems seem to arise when people try to keep it constantly lit and the heat just keeps on building in the flue.

  43. homeslip October 9, 2015 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    It was really good to be up on the chimney stack with you and to see how the ridge of the roof appears level with the surrounding fields and to look down on your terraces. You will have to show us a photo of the fire or stove lit in due course. Must be good to have another professional job ticked off the list. What’s next I wonder?

    • Jessica October 9, 2015 at 10:54 pm - Reply

      The next job is some repair to the roof. It’s a while since I’ve watched a thatcher at work, looking forward to it!

  44. Rick Nelson October 9, 2015 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    As you say rd caught in the nick of time, I keep eyeing up one of my chimney pots which has a definite lean on it but when I mentioned it to the roofer he said “its OK but keep an eye on it” I replied “fine is that when I watch it fall through the roof”! Love the overhead shots.

    • Jessica October 9, 2015 at 11:08 pm - Reply

      I sincerely hope that won’t happen! Any work at roof level is so expensive, but better safe than sorry. Keep an eye on it..

  45. rachel October 10, 2015 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    I’m just hearing from my friend up the road how complicated this chimney business is – her insurance company insists on the chimney pot being a foot higher than it has been for the past 20 years, and in order to comply, she has first to apply for Listed Building Consent….. Let’s hope nothing goes wrong in the ensuing weeks of waiting for said Consent!

    And if it isn’t fire, it’s mice to worry about! Nice tidy job on your chimney, I must say.

    • Jessica October 10, 2015 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      It is a bit of a minefield. We did check with the insurance company first!
      Don’t mention the M word… they are in the roof and all over the garden. I’ve spent the afternoon planting bulbs, made ten times harder than it need be because I have to bury them all in metal cages. 🙁

  46. Caro October 11, 2015 at 7:43 am - Reply

    Reading your post and all these comments has made me much more appreciative of the flat that I live in! The fireplaces have long been replaced as a source of heating and the chimneys made safe. I still have a fireplace in my bedroom, purely decorative now, and there used to be a range in the living room long ago (one of the original features of these flats). As they were both coal fed, I imagine they were pretty much of a fire hazard so were removed. Here’s hoping you and Mike are now safe from any possibility of thatch fire!

    • Jessica October 11, 2015 at 8:29 pm - Reply

      Our last cottage had an inglenook fireplace that was bricked in. When we removed the bricks there was a range still inside it, damaged way beyond repair unfortunately. It would have made a wonderful feature even if it never got used. The way we live has changed so much hasn’t it. I’d struggle without central heating now but do regret the loss of such character.

  47. snowbird October 12, 2015 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    That is a fantastic bird’s eye view, how wonderful everything is looking. So glad the chimney has been made safe and you can still use your log burner….how cosy the cottage must be in winter.xxx

    • Jessica October 13, 2015 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      I’m looking forward to getting the wood burner lit. I used to so love sitting in front of an open fire when we’ve had one in previous houses. Makes such a difference to a cold winter’s night.

  48. Peter/Outlaw October 16, 2015 at 4:17 am - Reply

    Safety is a good thing! Will you unseal the fireplace in your bedroom? Great aerial views of your garden!

    • Jessica October 16, 2015 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      I’m toying with the idea of opening up the fireplace itself as a feature, but not unsealing the chimney. It’s unlikely we’ll ever use it. One open fire is enough faffing about!

  49. woolythymes October 18, 2015 at 2:26 am - Reply

    eep…we have a chimney that looks more like photo A than photo B…..it’s on ‘the list’! Since our backyard is torn up with the addition going on our guest house—-and the front yard is torn up replacing the water line (that was broken in the backyard…lucky us, get to have the WHOLE line replaced, tearing up the yard from front to back!!!)….the chimney has taken a distant third priority. I might someday blog about this if I ever stop hyperventilating.

    • Jessica October 18, 2015 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      Steph, that sounds awful. I can sympathise. I’ve had ladders and big boots all over my garden in the last week or so. It is hassle we can all do without. I try to tell myself it is progress, of a sort.

  50. natalie November 3, 2015 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Ooops, not a happy chimney! Glad it’s all sorted out now.

    • Jessica November 3, 2015 at 3:59 pm - Reply

      Thanks Natalie. It wasn’t going to last much longer..

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