More work on the old house.
The back bedroom/spare room this time- a ceiling that has been hanging on a horse hair thread, because of previous water damage.
Renovation as an analogy of change? Here we go-
- Renovation is not the same thing as restoration.
- It always involves a lot of mess at first.
- It is possible, either through lack of resources, or unwillingness to make the mess, to fiddle around at the surface, and try to ignore the deeper problems. If you do, you will regret it later.
- Get people to help who know what they are doing.
- The use we put the house to is very different from the use it was put to in the past- so we need different materials, and to create different kinds of spaces.
Kind of reminds me of an old poem, written in a prayer room a few years ago-
I can hear a creaking
A groaning from the joists
Pipes and drains are leaking
Floor boards are tearing loose
Can you smell the horsehair plaster
Stripping off from lath?
This could bring disaster
Or perhaps could clear a freedom path
There’s a time for all things
The good book says
To reap, to weep, to build, to sing
To mourn then turn the journey on
The marshal yards are empty now
And the cranes stand fixed and rusty
The shipyards moved to other towns
And the churches all lie empty
Lord teach me to move like water
Running from these mountains
Tear out my feet from concrete shoes
And dance me till I flutter
For freedom comes to those who find
Your keys amongst our clutter