This time it’s for real. We’re opening on 23 September. Yes, I know the season will have more-or-less finished, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles [and our cookies are nice and crumbly – very good with a mug of coffee!].
As those of you who follow us on Facebook will know, the Building Inspector visited on Tuesday and signed off the gallery/cafe as meeting requirements and in accordance with the plans. Subsequently, the issues we had with non-functional water heaters have been resolved – a blown thermal protection fuse in one [apparently common in new units for some reason] and a replacement heater in the other]. So the way ahead is clear, at last!
The composite image above gives a brief summary of the journey from from garage to gallery. We start, clockwise [10 o'clock – which is also about the time it was taken...], with a typical Skye single-skin block built garage with a corrugated asbestos roof [these don't have loose fibres and are safe if you don't cut them, but not desirable, and you couldn't build them now], in the final stages of being cleared. Already gone is the lightweight storage over the [non-structural] beams, that have also We move onto the hollowed out structure just after the roof was fitted (but just the sarking and waterproof membrane), and with the doors for the toilet and store cut out of the back wall, and the side window cut away to give the kitchen doorway. The kitchen extension has been built and the rear is being formed. In the third image the plasterboard has just been put up, so the building work is not far off finished, with the insulation in the floor and walls, the metal roofing on, the doors and velux windows fitted, and electrical cables sticking out of holes in the walls. Finally, a picture taken this afternoon.You can see the floor covering is down, the lights hanging from the beams, doors in place, walls painted, tables and chairs and the first pictures on the walls.
Looking the other way you can see that pictures are starting to appear on the walls [lots more to come!] even though there is still some rubbish to be cleared – and no , not the pictures!
So the 23rd it is then – be there, or be a rhombic dodecahedron, as I always say… [And lets see the WordPress spellchecker get it's decidedly limited dictionary around that one!]
Currently listening to: Ommadawn – Mike Oldfield. Re-living my teens with a job-lot of Mr O’s earlier works. Not entirely sure about the re-mastering though. He’s done something very odd to the brass band on part one…