|Before all the big work started. Looks innocent, eh?|
|The "bulge" can be seen in profile. And the glass wool underneath...|
|Looking north into the room after the first steps|
The boards were resting on runners which had been jacked up by several centimetres of packing near the centre of the room. Between these was layers of old lime plaster and rubble, dumped on top of the oak beams and clay filling which formed the base layer. On top of all the crud was matted glass wool insulation and, well, actual crud, in the form of mouse and rat droppings. Lots of it! The critters had fashioned tunnels through the insulation, so it was like a little mouse town, with well defined public toilets.
|Mouse runs. And that's shit in the lower left corner.|
|Glass wool removed, packing and rubble visible.|
|Almost done. c. 9m-long oak beams exposed.|
|And from the other side.|
The unsung hero in all this is my darling wife, who really did get the shit job this time. She's always cleaning up after me...