Starting very late tonight, I applied a scratch coat of pre-mixed joint compound to all the cottage walls, inside and out. I first nicked the surfaces with one of our new dinner forks (sorry honey) and then troweled on the compound which felt like trying to apply an even layer of shaving cream onto a bowling ball. I'm sure the second or perhaps third coating will feel more controllable. I may even tint the last two coats like a Venetian Plaster.
Oh, this is getting good.
Made an appointment with Downstairs Clare for the beam cutting Friday afternoon.