The main event in this room, as you might expect, is the toilet. This is actually a 'listed' toilet and if you're allowed to be fond of a lav, then I am fond of this one - she's a Triton 14899 after all.....Read More
The return of Gardener's World has primed me with a renewed conviction-cum-delusion that anything is horticulturally possible. Monty Don, tells me that he has enjoyed a good winter - so much so that he's pruned all of his hedges; and this week I'm mesmerised as he turns to lopping his apple trees. He looks quite tall, so I'm sure he has a significant height advantage; but the way his secateurs snap crisply through the branches is almost mystical to me with my patented chew-prune technique.Read More
We've grown used to exposing modern plaster or very ordinary paint layers beneath the wallpaper so far; and sure enough, plaster peeps through - that and standard issue pale mint social services paint. But there's something else. Where the paint flakes back, there are lines, and what's more the lines seem to join together to form shapes......Read More
Big projects such as repairing the roof simmer away in the background, as we research contractors and gather quotes. Others can only emerge at the end of a gestation period or follow in natural order from the decisions that come before them.
So in the meantime there's nothing for it but to strip......Read More
Whilst I really ought to have been spending all hours stripping wallpaper, I have been 'squeezing in' time to look to the past and research other people who've called Briarcourt 'home'. In the process I've been especially excited by two diamond-encrusted breakthroughs.....Read More
The Yorkshire Edgar Wood Heritage Society comes together to share a passion for Edgar's work, to educate others in the local community about the architecture on their doorstep, and to advocate for the conservation of his buildings. So who better to invite over for a masterclass on the history of Briarcourt than the Chairs of the group - David and Jane Griffiths?Read More
The last month has been filled with questions about the past and our future at Briarcourt; and as we've spent more time here, some of the mysteries have deepened, others have spawned new questions and on a good day we feel like we've found an answer...Read More