The closing was supposed to be today but is apparently delayed.
The title is coming out of an estate so they say that might be the reason.
But I think somebody just forgot to put it on the lawyer's calendar.
It really doesn't matter, except I can't do it tomorrow (doc appt.) and
I'm anxious to get to work!
So here is the current state of the hearth at Violetcroft.
Poor neglected hearth.
Although they did leave her complete with a Holy Bible, a gourd Santa, several books,
family photos, crocheted potholders, and a stapler.
The options seem to be:
a. Unbrick her and try to work with her as an open fireplace.
Pros: ambience, purity to period
Cons: lack of heat
b. Unbrick her and add a fireplace insert with a blower
Pros: good heat by most accounts,
although one friend has one and says hers sucks on heat.
Cons: serious uglification unless major bucks are spent,
visible power cord from blower (even more ugly)
quite expensive regardless
c.1 Unbrick her and add free-standing woodstove
Pros: much more attractive, could get the soapstone I'm loving
Cons: we lose space, need a hearth pad
c.2 Leave her bricked and add free-standing woodstove
Pros: possibly simplest, could install ourselves?
Cons: I think we would lose the most living room space
I would totally welcome hearing other thoughts and experiences.
But. I just saw the most amazing blackbird activity I've ever seen.
A mighty horde, swooping from the ground to the trees and back again
encircling this place. I think it was a Starling dance
right here in our very own woods.