We Have a Roof!

We Have a Roof - Update on Our Renovations - An Island Family By Grace

Well, it may be a bit unfair to call this post ‘we have a roof!’, as technically speaking, there was a roof on our house when we moved to the island, but here is what it looked like when we took off the tiles:

Ours Island #Move: 6 Month Update ~ An Island Family By Grace

What we discovered when my husband removed the roof tiles

Hence my excitement that our roof now looks like this!

We Have a #Roof - An Island Family By Grace



and finally, this:


The finished article - We Have a Roof! An Island Family By Grace

Although I had given a 6 Month Update at the start of August, at that point my husband and his various kind helpers had replaced the back of the offending roof, but not the front. I am now pleased to say that the roof is completely finished, and my husband has begun work to clear out the rotten interior of the room, before he rebuilds it.

He has also managed, in the meantime, to clear our and begin rebuilding the byre behind our house, which will be his new workshop and shed. It was a huge job, as there were several feet of mud and rubbish to be dug out before he could start. The walls are made from wooden pallets, and will be covered with tiles reused from the replaced roof:

#Pallet Shed - An Island Family By Grace



#Pallet Shed Roof - An Island Family By Grace

It is so good to have made all this progress in the past few months, and to be able to move closer to using the full space in our house, and building our business here.

We have also had the use of the polytunnel that I got for my birthday, for a couple of months now, and I have managed to grow lettuces, courgettes, potatoes, and started long term seedlings for next year, such as lavender.

How the Polytunnel is looking

I hope to try growing garlic over the winter, after reading this post from Laurie Neverman of Commonsense Homesteading, and some cabbages and swede. Also, as part of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle {affiliate link} I purchased last month, I chose an online course called The Extended Harvest: Vegetables for Every Season, from Craftsy, as one of my free bonuses.

Finally, I couldn’t go without letting you see our kittens, and the not-so-baby-now chicks:

Our Kittens - We Have a Roof - An Island Family By Grace

Our kittens- Laurel and Hardy



The chicks are not quite big enough to be let out to free range while the kittens are out and about, but they have had a chance when the cats are sleeping!

2 Month Old Chicken - We Have a Roof - An Island Family By Grace

Ome of Our 2 Month Old Chicks - We Have a Roof ~ An Island Family By Grace






Our son is looking forward to selling the eggs from them, once they are at the laying stage, in addition to his bread-making business, probably next spring.

Are you planting anything to grow over the winter? I would be interested to know what other plants you have grown in the colder months, that have been successful!

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14 Comments on “We Have a Roof!

  1. You must be glad to have your house weather tight before winter.
    I’ve grown salad leaves successfully over winter. It is worth checking that the leaves are hardy-I think some of the mustards are best. They don’t grown fast but are useful particularly in early Spring.

    • Hi Sarah, yes, it is so good to have it waterproof, and to be able to move on with the other things that need done. That is great to hear that you managed to grow salad over winter. It will be colder here than where you are, but I think maybe if I get some crop fleece to put over the salad inside the polytunnel, it might work! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Three cheers for your new roof – must be wonderful to have it all complete. Great photos and a lovely overview of your island life. A good read. God Bless

  3. Nice work on the roof! I know that feeling of great accomplishment when a long awaited project is finally finished! We have been doing some work on our little place, as well. Looks like your little homestead is coming along nicely. Have a blessed day.

    • Thank you Ann. I agree- it is good to know that has been accomplished, and to see some progress. Thanks so much for your comment!

  4. I’m so happy for you!! It must give you peace of mind to see all the progress that you have made on your home! God bless


  5. I’m just now reading your post, but I can imagine, after seeing the pictures, how exciting the new roof must be! I hope you are having a wonderful day, and I have enjoyed reading your blog, popping over from Darling Downs 🙂
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    • Thank you MM! Yes, we are so pleased about the roof, and getting to progress with the other work now 🙂

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