This project is all about Before and After. Progress. Taking a decrepit, aging old church, a church that no one has much cared about for decades, and stopping the decay. Restoring what was, and possibly making it even better.
For us, one of the most exciting things to see was the restoration of the bell house. We had been dying to see the bell itself, to try to get a clue about the age of the church.
The Precious Bell House. It needed a facelift. Thanks to Ron and crew, it got one!
The bell house is the crowning glory of the church, but even more important for the life of the building is the repair of the roof. It’s big, steep and in quite bad shape.
North side roof, you go first.
After the North side was done, Ron Picard and his crew moved on to the Bell house, as you saw. Then they moved on to the South side. I climbed up with camera in pocket to see the view.
We have a new appreciation for what Ron and Crew are doing up there!
We had to leave before he was finished, so we can look forward to seeing it complete next weekend, weather willing!Very exciting!But even more has been done.
Not much big lifting went on in the Church this weekend. But we did some fine inspection of various beloved features, including what lies behind the cross.
And I don’t mean the incredible and humbling story of Jesus being crucified for our sins. I mean the quatrefoil with intact glass, for the most part. Not quite as awesome, but still of great interest to us.
Unfortunately, the structure of wood holding the glass is less than intact.
So up on the ladder he did climb.
We both really wanted to let the light through- even for a moment, but the structure was too fragile and we didn’t want to take the chance of glass breaking. For now, it’s still covered. But it’s quite a nice view from up there! We could almost see the sunlight streaming in through the window.
There was some drywalling going on. The plaster had cracked and fallen off in spots, so that had to be cut out and patched.
It will be plastered and painted.
Further scrutiny revealed other places that need tender love and care, A.K.A. crafty carpentry.
But the fine wood work will have to wait. The big ticket item this coming week will be the roof. We all agree that the roof needs instant attention.
I can’t wait for the “after” pictures. That little chimney will be gone, as well, but the new wood stove pipe will appear.
I did have a chance for some quiet time. In fact, most of Sunny Saturday was spent working on Pysanki eggs for easter. I had some great ideas this year.
Oh well, better luck next year, I guess. I don’t really want to wait a year though, I want to try again NOW! But easter and spring break are over, and there’s nearly two more months of school left, so I will have to ponder my mistakes and try again when I can.