Thursday’s Windows – week 8

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. πŸ˜‰

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!! πŸ˜†

To see more Thursday’s windows, you can visit Sandra’s post here.

104 comments on “Thursday’s Windows – week 8

  1. 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!

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  3. 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! πŸ˜‰

    • 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. πŸ™‚

  4. 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. πŸ™‚

  5. 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’. πŸ™‚

  6. 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. πŸ™‚

    • 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. πŸ™‚

      • 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!!!

      • 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 πŸ˜‰

  7. 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.

  8. Hi AD, I remember seeing that first window once a few years ago and never realised, until now, that it was anything special πŸ™‚

  9. Fabulous rosΓ© 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. πŸ™‚

  10. Gorgeous window today Ad.
    You know my feelings on old buildings – nothing like them πŸ˜‰
    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. πŸ™‚ I’m good at providing coffee and refreshments. πŸ™‚

  11. 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)


  12. 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 πŸ™‚

  13. 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.

      • 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…

      • πŸ˜† 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. πŸ˜€

  14. Hi AD,
    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.

    Take care

    • 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. πŸ˜€

  15. I’m good at the tearing stuff apart for the rebuilding….:P
    That’s going to be sweet when done πŸ™‚
    The DC

    • 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. πŸ˜€ Hugs back to you.

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