Ripping down such a ceiling, with all the dirt hiding above it, is quite easy, but very dirty. But the cleaning of the beams is physically quite demanding and hard on the arms and back, holding sanding machines overhead for considerable lengths of time. Not to mention what feels like half a sandpit in your eyes, despite protection!
We hope to have the plastering done next week, but in the meantime, there's still loads to do between laying floors, and most importantly, getting the bathroom finished!
My apologies for rambling in the first section, but my brain wasn't fully activated... :)