Posts Tagged ‘re-upholstery’

A shot in the (almost) dark

February 2, 2015

The View at night for a change! The almost full moon smiling down on our glen.

The View

Puff and Biggles don’t like to share their favourite perch, so when Mrs Under-by muscled in, off they flapped elsewhere. “I just wanted to be in on The View!” she said.

Mrs Under-by

This week has been a cold one for sure with the temperature hovering around freezing but more importantly, accompanied by a fairly strong, face-achingly, northerly wind. Ouch! A good week for scuttling around outdoor chores and heading back inside to warmer activities. Although Kevin’s been indoors, he’s not been on the same cushy number as I have, as he’s been working in the old church, making a start on our Quail brooders.

Quail brooder

After sending for another supply of upholstery glue – because I couldn’t for the life of me find the ‘safe place’ where I put the first lot! – I’ve finally completed the re-upholstery of our parlour suite. We’re both pleased with the outcome although I don’t think that I would be in a rush to take on a similar project. Well, maybe one chair. I have to say that it was hard on the back, all that stooping with hammer and tacks, rendering any subsequent duck-house cleaning to be quite painful. Lucky that I had a Kevin then, to step in with his shovel!

Parlour suite

Easier on the back, I’ve also had the time to do several paintings. First up was ‘Duck and Dive’, using Indian ink once more…

Lucky and Chance

…followed by Polly Blue-tail, with a hint of red this time. I prefer this one – lots of fiddly pen work!

Polly Blue-tail

Lastly, I had a go at some mixed media. I have absolutely no idea what to call this one! Any ideas?

mixed media

Making plans and work in progress

January 8, 2015

We’re still getting a good variety of winter weather; two days are rarely the same. Today’s view demonstrates that it’s been a chilly one…

The View

…not too bad but obviously cold enough for Mrs Under-by to warm one foot at a time!

Mrs Under-by

Everyone was taking advantage of the sunny spells and played nicely together.

Playing nicely

Wee Man insisted on having his picture taken, just to demonstrate that he doesn’t always look like a wrung out mop head. (Just a dry one that’s ready for use, but don’t tell him I said that!)

Wee Man

Yesterday on the other hand, was an absolute wash-out. It made for plenty of puddles to thoroughly investigate however!


A good day for indoor projects, so I’ve started to tackle the re-covering of the parlour suite.

parlour suite

It’s a slow process but quite absorbing – except when a fast and furious feline has nothing to do but make a nuisance of herself!

parlour patches

parlour patches

We’ve also spent some time in the old church, making plans, drawing them and taking measurements for the new quail accommodation; indoor runs and brooders to start with, outdoor runs will come with the warmer weather!


We’ll need a name for our new quail venture. Kevin came up with ‘Glen Quail’. What do you think?

Good weather continues and some winter tasks

October 15, 2014

September was a beautiful month and October is trying its best to continue the theme. Here’s ‘The View’, taken at 6 p.m. today.

The View

Already I’m half way through the first month of our closed season and after scrubbing the place from top to bottom, a sort of spring-clean in the autumn, winter tasks are vying for attention. Firstly, it was the twin room’s turn to be spruced up. I’ve spent the past couple of days concentrating on that and finished today which means that I can now close both B and B rooms and forget about them!

twin room

Twin room

Secondly, I am working on a pet portrait of a wee dog called Sammy, which was commissioned by two of our German guests this summer as a Christmas gift. A bit of a deadline there then!


But the biggest task of all, is the re-upholstering of a recent (unplanned) antique purchase! We only went along to look for a couple of chairs and I found a rather nice carver chair. Then a matching dining chair around the corner. Then another one! In the end, it turned out, that dotted around the place was a complete Parlour Suite; two carvers, four chairs and a settee! Karen at the shop suspected that the suite was either late Victorian or Art Nouveau. I think that it’s more likely to be Victorian as the curvy bits don’t seem fluid enough to me for Art Nouveau – unless someone can tell me otherwise! Anyway, the frames are in pretty good nick but the upholstery definitely needs an upgrade. I have no idea how to do this but you can find anything on the Web these days!

Parlour Suite

Of course the problem with such an unplanned purchase is that nothing else goes with the thing! So, a new table was in order (sourced by the lovely people at the same shop) and the dining room now needs re-decorating!

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