I still don't know the answer to the last one (or as to why I can't grow carrots!), but I thought it was time I caught up a bit on where we've got to. My big brother, Our Dave, (not to be confused with my father-in-law, David, who helped put the frame up!) came up for the weekend in July to help put the rafters on.
Introducing Our Dave!
Some of you may now be wondering why he's called Our Dave? Easy - I'm from Yorkshire, that's how we talk! (Himself's NOT from Yorkshire and therefore he speaks posher than I do!) British readers will be nodding their heads sagely at this point but, for the benefit of non-Brits, I'll explain:
In Yorkshire, immediate family members are often referred to as 'Our ..........', to denote to outsiders that they are family. I'm 'Our Liz' or 'Our Kid' (little sister). Some families even talk about 'our mam' and 'our dad'. 'Me' can also be substituted for 'Our' - eg; 'me dad', 'me brother'. Quick, easy, avoids long explanations! HOWEVER, you've got to get the pronunciation right - Yorkshire has quite a flat, guttural intonation, so 'our' is really pronounced 'ower' and you have to be able to hear that w! So he's really 'Ower Dave', oh, and 'Me ...' is pronounced 'Mi' and Monday is pronounced Mundi, but there you go!
First Himself and Ower Dave re-jigged the scaffold tower to make a safe working platform.
Health and Safety would have had a field day, but it was actually a lot more solid than it looks - honest!
....take a whole load of wood and turn them into rafters - your time starts ... now!
Standing 6 ft up on a slightly wobbly scaffold tower is not the best position to try to cut precision wedges!
One of many 'bird's beak' wedges carefully cut by Himself and Ower Dave.
Accuracy is paramount.
The first rafter in place and upright at last!
The odd shaped piece at the apex is just a temporary fixture to assist with stability.
It's quite difficult to see from this angle but Himself had marked out every single rafter and taken them down to school where the D&T technician had cut them all with a 5* curve along one long side.(oh the perks of me being a Governor!) Himself had then glued the cut piece onto the other side to keep the width of the rafter whilst giving it a very gentle overall curved shape to make the bottom edge flick out a bit - just like a 'proper' tea house!
Sighting along the rafters prior to the main beam going in.
Finishing off the day by fixing a couple of batons for extra stability - you can never have too much temporary extra stability!
...... and thanks for your help Ower Dave! :)