The pointing is finished! Apologies for the quality of the photos but these were taken in November when the sun was low.
It’s difficult to see from these pictures, but in reality the workmanship is superb and the house looks similar to the day it was originally built - with the exception of double glazing.
I’m delighted. It’s been a long haul but my lovely expert was very tidy. Such a craftsman is difficult to find these days. Modern homes are not built using lime mortar; in fact few are built using stone nowadays.
As a wee treat to myself I had the date placed on the front. For the past few weeks I’ve been researching further into the history and discovered it was very possibly built in 1838 so that’s the date that’s been carved into a piece of local slate and embedded on the front stonework (hard to see from the top photo but it is there!)
It’s wonderful to come home and feel I’ve helped protect something for many years to come.