May 02, 2009

Hungry as a worm...

Another loooong silence over here, although I actually have a lot to post about. Being a working-and-diy'er-mom just leaves little time for blogging. We're all doing great and with our son taking his first steps, life became yet more exciting ;-)

We finally began to seriously work on the nursery, it's about time with the little one turning 1 in June... At first we wanted to leave the hated laminate floor in there due to practical reasons. But in the end we were too curious and just had to peek at what's underneath. After several layers (more in a separate post to come), we found: A WOODEN FLOOR, hurray :-) And it seems to be an old floor indeed as the planks are up to 73 cm wide (and 4 metres long).

In this post, I just wanted to show you the traces of a roomer called woodworm. Normally, we have those little holes:

But in that plank, someone must have been really, really hungry:

Some two years ago, we'd probably been in panic and afraid of the house tumbling down. After more than two years in our witch's hut, we are pretty calm. Typical dialogue:

"Oh, traces of woodworms."
"Any fresh sawdust?"
"Not at a first glance."
"Alright then!"


Sandy said...

Hi, Anna! So happy to see you post. Glad all is well with you and the little one. The floors are drop-dead gorgeous - wormwork and all! Happy Mother's Day!

Ragnar said...

The sheer size of your floor boards had me pick up my jaw from the floor again ;-)
Likely they are glued though - I recently salvaged a 19th century floor and the planks actually consisted of two 30cm wide boards each, solidly glued together.

Anna said...

Hi Ragnar!

Schön dich zu "sehen"!

I'm afraid your jaw will drop again, but that's really the size of one plank, nothing glued there... We had to take up the widest plank in order to stabilize it (it was swinging like a ship in a storm) and it is definitely one single plank ;-)

Ragnar said...

Ja ja, mich gibts noch ;-)

Wow, I don't think I've ever seen boards that wide... just imagine the tree it must have come from!

Careers said...

When I read the post, I thought that Woodworms were the same as termites but when I searched for it in the internet, it said that Woodworms were actually the larval stage of certain wood-boring beetles. It's good to hear that there are no more problems with the Woodorms.