Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Gallery

In keeping with our recycle philosophy or 'make do and mend' we are in the process of rehabilitating a barn at the back of the site.

first sight - not very promising!

When we first saw it it had lost some of the roof, and the walls were damaged, but after careful consideration, we could see that this could be a great space for display, teaching and tea room. 

at least there was more of the roof this side

It makes no sense to spend a lot of effort and fuel demolishing this, creating a mountain of rubble for landfill, when with a bit of TLC and creativity it can serve our needs well.

The views are stunning as ever: up to Slievenaboley and the Windy Gap,

Slievenaboley; and cow
across the valley to the river and beyond, 

the river in flood November 2010
and down the hill to the Majestic Mournes.

It's alignment means that for most of the year the rising sun will shine through the front windows, and the setting sun those at the back.
What's more, tidying this part of the site up would go a long way to improving the visual quality of the place.

Work In Progress. In pictures:
roof replaced, unsightly gable removed, toilet roofed

from further back

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