We also knocked through the blocked up fireplace in the dining room revealing this! Now to work out what to do with it. The brickwork was never intended to be seen so I am thinking that we should plaster it but keep the arch shape. Eventually we can reinstate the chimney and put some sort of wood burner in there.
It turns out that this board was blocking the fireplace. It had been screwed to the wall and then plastered over. Do you recognise the wallpaper?
This morning Oliver and Ruby decided to go on an adventure – in the roof… As their blue food barrel in the spooky eaves cupboard is empty, one of them (my guess is Ruby) had managed to push it out the way and climb through the hole that the barrel had been blocking. I hadn’t been too worried about the hole as I thought it was far too small for a cat to fit through but I had blocked it with the barrel just in case.
I got down on my knees, peered though the hole calling their names. Finally I saw some little paws in the distance. Ruby managed to slip back through the little hole quite easily. Then Oliver tried. He stuck is head through but couldn’t work out that he needed to put his front legs through first. He then retreated back into the roof. I went downstairs to get tools to break open the hole a bit more but when I returned Oliver was trying again. First came one front leg and his head, then his second front leg. Oliver is a little husky and is quite rotund in the middle. Halfway out of the hole his tummy got stuck and I had visions of the fire brigade having to come and cut him out. He looked like a sausage being squeezed out of a sausage machine. He struggled a bit and I was worried he was panicking but then he managed to squeeze himself back through in one piece. They both look very proud of themselves and Ruby wanted to go back in immediately but I wasn’t having that. At the moment a large suitcase is blocking the hole and tomorrow I will try to cover it over permanently.