Every Thursday, Sandra Conner of the “By the Book” blog, invites us to share our favourite photos of windows.
This week, I’ve chosen the beautiful rose window in the west end of the ‘Santa Maria del Mar’ church in Barcelona. This imposing example of Catalan Gothic architecture, was built between 1323 and 1389. In 1428, the original rose window was destroyed in an earthquake, and it was replaced by this one in 1460.
Now for something completely different. 😉
We are doing some alterations here, and hubby decided to start on the destruction a couple of days ago, so with hammer and other various tools, he set about wrecking this window. Thankfully I don’t know how to use such instruments, or he might have enlisted my help.
He made a pretty thorough job of removing that window.
Thankfully, he had a plan in mind, and in no time at all, had installed a pair of French patio doors.
Still lots more work to do, as he’s going to pull out all the kitchen cupboards next. Oh bliss!! 😆
To see more Thursday’s windows, you can visit Sandra’s post here.
Yes, he’s a man of many talents.
I just love your sense of humor!> “Thankfully I don’t know how to use such instruments, or he might have enlisted my help.” One good reason not to learn how to use such things! The French doors look awesome and I can’t wait to see the work in the kitchen! Such a handy-man! By the way….the rose window in the cathedral in Barcelona is stunning. You made a nice connection between the Window theme and the renovation work in your home!
Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Judy. I also can’t wait to see the work in the kitchen. 😀 Tomorrow he starts stripping out the old kitchen units, sink, and a wall. I can hardly contain my excitement. 😆
I’d be beside myself too!! yay!
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You can’t beat a good window!
Good idea to install doors. I could have helped to tear the old stuff down, but when it comes to installing doors I’m afraid I’m totally useless!
How are you ar installing kitchen cupboards, and laying wooden flooring? 😀
That Barcelona window is stunning in its beauty, AD.
I agree, Marion. 🙂
Your hubby is handy with carpentry tools. Looks like soon, you will be able to enjoy a good as new window with an amazing water view. Have a wonderful weekend.
Thanks so much. Yes, he’s very talented and always makes a good job. 🙂
That sounded like a fun way to remove windows. He did a fine job with that project. 🙂
I think he really enjoys the demolition bit. The rebuilding takes a little longer and a lot more patience. 🙂
Oh Barcelona..how I yearn to be there. Truly you have a charmed life. Envy every time. 🙂
Thanks, Emily. I would love to visit Barcelona again one day. There is so much to see there.
Good for him… and lucky you, he worked quite fast it seems. 😉
Thanks, Elizabeth. When he gets down to the job in hand, he is amazing. Such a lot still to do though. 🙂
Lucky you to have such a handy hubby, but then again I suspect he gets his rewards too…. I’m thinking some of that cheesecake in case you might be thinking I was getting too cheeky! 😉
Hehehe. You’re so funny, Gunta. I haven’t made cheesecake since we were in South Africa, but he
is managing to survive on the other rewards. 🙂
Love windows of all sorts.
They do serve a purpose and some are really decorative. 🙂
I love how a door makes everything more open. Good luck with the kitchen renovations 🙂
Thanks so much, Tandy. This will be the third kitchen he’s done for us. 🙂 You know the trauma of renovations. 🙂
I too, am married to a handy man, except I get pulled in…especially the clean up person. The doors will be beautiful and I bet hubby plans a project each season.
Well, I think this project will keep him busy for the whole season, as he’s also bought a load of wood laminate flooring which to do the floor, when the kitchen is completed. Then there’s the redecorating, and so it goes on. 🙂
That looks like a lovely view the windows look out on, good job…
Thanks, Pommepal. Yes the lake is gorgeous and we get lots of water birds around an about. 🙂
Well that window looked expertly demolished. Home destruction is not my thing which is why for jobs like these that we just end up calling ‘the guy’. 🙂
Well I guess you just wouldn’t have time for any DIY, being as you spend all your waking hours out in the swamps with the allis and birds. 🙂
It is good to have a plan. Love the change….can hardly wait for the photos of your new kitchen cabinets!!
Thanks so much. I’m really excited to see the finished article. 🙂
You are so funny. I have the same kind of husband. He does ask me to help, and I should love to help, but … He thinks I’m an amazon woman. So I hide. Love all your windows, and the views the reveal. 🙂
Thanks, Marsha. I have the same problem.I have stood on a ladder, holding up ceiling board, for what seemed like hours on end. I do try to keep out of the way by looking busy with other stuff around the house, but occasionally I get roped in. 🙂
hahahaha You know my life! My secrets! I was just thinking about how long I can hold my arms over my head before I get really grouchy!! About 2 minutes! Then the burning starts, first my arms, then my good humor!!!
How good of him to time it for your photos this week – unique!
Yes, very fortuitous indeed, Gilly. 😀
What a handy man he is! The French doors look lovely – I’ve got a project if he’s ever interested in coming to Australia (LOL) 😀
Yes, he’s amazing, and I wouldn’t swap him, or lend him out for that matter. I might not get him back again. 🙂
That looks a lot neater than my place at the moment!! I just can’t wait for it to be finished!
The big onslaught hasn’t happened yet, Lisa. Hope yours goes quickly, and mine too. 🙂
It actually is starting to look good…the tiling in 6 bathrooms about done, rooms already painted, architraves going up round windows and doors…plumber right here now testing the water out…oh sigh I wish it was an interesting postman…hahaha 😉
That sounds great. I wish mine was going so fast, but we’re waiting for the kitchen cupboards to be delivered. Hope they’ll be here this coming week.
Beautiful rose window. But, I love, love the French patio doors, AD!
Thanks, Amy. So do I. 🙂
Would it be wrong if I take your husband hostage some time soon? 😉
Nooooo, you can’t have him. He still has so much to do. 🙂
I have to smile when I think how the people hear in Virginia like to talk about how old our area is. After all, it was settled in 1607. And then I look at those structures that were built in places like Spain, and I think we are mere babes here. Love the pictures, and I’m sure you are enjoying all your husband’s handiwork.
That’s so true indeed. I do love hubby’s handiwork, when it’s all finished. I need a good dose of patience every morning. 🙂
I always end up as my Dad’s apprentice/slave when he’s doing DIY – not my favourite job!
That does happen to me too. I have been known to push wheelbarrows full of bricks. 😀
Hi AD, I remember seeing that first window once a few years ago and never realised, until now, that it was anything special 🙂
🙂 You can always learn something when you visit my blog.
Wow – the replaced Rose window is from 1460. Amazing isn´t it?
Your hubby seems to be a great handyman 🙂
Yes, absolutely amazing. They built to last in those days. 🙂
Lovely windows, both old and new 🙂
Thanks so much. 🙂
I love seeing DIY projects on blogs.
Watch this space, Tilly. 😀
Great contrasting windows !
Laughing @Tight Leash comment …
Thanks, Poppy. You think I’m joking, don’t you? 🙂
Great photo from Barcelona. It’s wonderful to have a handy guy around, isn’t it? 🙂
Thanks, LuAnn. Yes it’s such a blessing being married to someone who can do just about anything. 🙂
Mine has gotten handier since we have started the RV life but I know he would agree with me that this is not his claim to fame. 🙂
oh, that lovely rose window.. will likely gives a grandiose aura to the house 🙂
Yes it certainly would. 🙂
Fabulous rosé window, ad, but LOVE THAT FAN!
We are in the process of some demolition ourselves. The house is always dusty! UGH!
Have fun with it. It’s all worth it when it’s complete.
Yes, we have two of those fans in the lanai. They were here when we bought. They need a thorough clean, but that will have to wait until all the work is done. 🙂
That first window is stunning.
Thanks, granny. 🙂
Gorgeous window today Ad.
You know my feelings on old buildings – nothing like them 😉
As for hubby’s industriousness – I’d advise investing in a dust mask, earphones and a few good Patricia Cornwell’s…
Thanks, 68. I’ve become so used to noise and dust over the years, that I just resign myself, and usually muck in a bit. 🙂 I’m good at providing coffee and refreshments. 🙂
Your husband did a wonderful job. I have wanted to do the same thing to a window in my house for a couple years. Do you think he will do mine. (smile)
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks, Francine. I’ve lost count of all the requests he’s had from my women friends, over the years. 🙂
*sigh* sometimes I get so distracted my your pictures that I forget to read the blog! lol Have a good day
Hahaha. Thanks for visiting, Ricari. 🙂
Wow! That’s impressive! And the new French doors look lovely! Hubby’s skills have managed to overshadow the magnificent Santa Maria del Mar window 🙂
It seems so, Madhu. I’m glad you did notice the Rose window. 🙂
Nice to have a handyman around the house. Kudos to his installation – very nice.
Thanks, Tom. Yes he’s done many renovations over the years. Saves so much money to do it yourself. 🙂
You are very fortunate to be married to a handyman – OH has saved us thousands over the years. I have a list waiting for him come January. He retires at the end of this month and in December we will pretty much be permanently on holiday and then in January the fun will begin.
So, you have his work all lined up for him, optie. 🙂 He’ll wish he was back in the office.
Love the patio doors. Makes so much more sense.
Yes it does, and now we can move the breakfast table out into the lanai and make the kitchen bigger. 🙂
Looks like quite a project to take on… he looks like he knows what he’s doing so I assume your not worried….
This is peanuts compared to some of the stuff he’s done in our other homes. You’d be amazed what I’ve lived through. 🙂
LInda made a suggestion once and woke the next morning to me breaking down a wall, converted a 44 sq.m lounge into a 77 sq.m. living area… and then promptly started on a study, walk in cupboard for her and another bathroom…. since then she has kept quiet… scared I start again…
😆 Yes, we women have to careful what we wish for. One house we had, went from single storey, 3 bed, 2 bath, double garage, to double storey with 5 bedrooms, music room, sewing room, double volume ceiling lounge, minstrel gallery, and garaging for 4 cars, all done single handedly in his spare time, whilst still working a full time job. 😯 I was exhausted cleaning it. Took me from Monday to Friday. We sold it and he started again. 😀
Hope you are well! The alterations look like messy fun! Keep us updated with the finished product – I am sure it is going to look wonderful. The patio doors are lovely.
Thanks so much, Gail. Yes the kitchen will be great when he’s finished, but it all takes time, and unfortunately, he does have to eat and sleep. 😀
I’m good at the tearing stuff apart for the rebuilding….:P
That’s going to be sweet when done 🙂
Thanks, Steve. Yes, he always does a great job. I’m impatient for the finished article, but it can’t be rushed. 🙂
LOL,patience is a viture I’ve never been able to catch myself 😛 He’ll do it,my friend,and it’ll be awe…well,you know 😉
Nice rose window, but the new French doors are REALLY nice!! Excellent work!
Thanks, Cathy. 🙂
Isn’t hubby just too clever! Those patio doors look fab!
Are you feeling at home now?
Yes, he’s very handy indeed. I’ve had forty years of renovations in various houses we’ve lived in. This is small fry. I wouldn’t feel at home unless there was something in progress. 😀 Hugs back to you.
Sometime ago there was something about driving slaves!
Hehehe. I thought about you as I was writing this. 😀
Glad to see Mr Chops is keeping busy, can he come round to my house next please?
You’ll have to stand in line, Sue. He has so many invitations to visit other women in their homes, but I have him on a tight leash. 😀