Friday, 31 July 2015

The Gates


The gateposts are finally in.

Yesterday our wonderful builders put most of the tops stones in place on top of the new walls and got the gate posts up at the right levels and concreted in place.  These posts will take the weight of the gates and be hidden by stonework to match the walls.


And thanks to our morning out to the quarry near Caernarvon last Friday ....  yep, we go to all the best places together  ... we now have the stones that will cover the steel posts.  The same company Trefor Granite Quarry supplies the granite that makes curling stones, and some of our stones have the distinct curved edge that shows they were once part of a rock that has been turned into a curling stone.  The curved bits will be faced inwardly unfortunately so this 'claim to fame' will be hidden from view.

That trailer is holding two tons of stone, just enough for the three posts.


And then this morning .... ta da!!

The gates are on .... they most likely won't stay on for long but measurements had to be taken and fittings checked and I couldn't resist getting a quick photo of how it will soon look.  I've just had a quick peek out of the window, and yay ... the first few stones have been placed around the pedestrian gate post.

Next week on Monday, there is a very big delivery expected.  The steel supports that will be the framework of the garage and workshop have been made, galvanised and are almost ready for loading on the truck  :-)

It's all starting to come together rather nicely.

Sue xx




21 comments:

  1. That is looking so nice. I have always wanted gates! One question though, won't the dogs be able to get under them?

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    1. Haha .... at the moment yes!!

      But this is nowhere near finished. Once the garages and workshop are up the whole area is being tarmacked and then we will be able to judge what barrier we will need to put in place at the bottom of the gates to stop our little furry friends getting under them. I think by then just another thin strip of wood should do it.

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  2. Sue it is so much fun to watch your progress, and things are really looking wonderful. I'll look forward to more updates.

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  3. It's really coming together beautifully now, looking great!
    Just a quick mention in case you don't know....H&B have their penny sale on again, Baobab powder, Cacao powder and Sunflower seeds are in it. In the case of Sunflower seeds, only the small packs are in the sale, but it's cheaper to buy 8 small packs and decant them to an airtight container than to buy 1 large pack!

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    1. Thanks for the reminder, I'll nip in on Monday and stock up.

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  4. We havent gone for anything fancy or expensive just normal farm gates,and stock fencing, the most we have paid out is on some post and rail and the lapboard fence for the boundary, as much as I like stone walling the cost does not justify it. its looking nice though. :-)

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    1. These were no more expensive in their raw state than than the bog standard farm gates, we just stained and sealed them ourselves.

      It's the look LH wants for the driveway and as he earns the money that's paid for them he is entitled to buy what he wants to!!

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  5. Oh i just love the stone work and the wooden gates! Nearly there then?

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  6. I had no idea it was to be so complicated. Can't wait to see the rest in place.

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  7. All coming together rather well.
    xx

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  8. That stone facing is just gorgeous, you have found some excellent builders. What a difference from a few months back, you must be thrilled with the results.

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  9. Love the gates. Looking. Forward to even more photos.

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  10. Oh it's looking fabulous! I do love your little gate too, it looks lovely Sue. You and your oh must be proud?
    Do you know when it is likely to be all finished? I take it that it will be a while yet with oh workshop to go up?
    Have a lovely weekend. X

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  11. Fantastic to see so much progress again, you must be really pleased with it all, looking fab :)

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  12. Fantastic to see so much progress again, you must be really pleased with it all, looking fab :)

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  13. The gates are looking good, you are making a lot of progress very quickly. Just wondered....will you be fixing a mirror on the opposite side to give a better view of oncoming traffic. I see there is a bend up the road, could be hairy if a boy racer comes hurtling round there and you don't see him until the last minute when you are creeping forward to get a better view. Just an idea, I expect you have already thought about that.

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    1. We have a mirror across the road already :-). Two very dangerous bends hare. :-(

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  15. Wow, looking great, very posh! Glad that things are progressing so well!

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