Thursday, 29 October 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
In fact it is a photo of a light switch, but it is also a photo of great meaning and significance. The electrician finished his work! We now have a completely re-wired house, an outside socket, three new outside lights and two new consumer units (fuse boxes). Plus all new light fittings, switches and sockets! The biggest job of the house refit has been completed! And what a weight of our minds.
With this done, the wood work guys (ones treating for woodworm and wet rot) have only one day left (tomorrow) until they are finished and the plumber to do his 4 day job (starting tomorrow as well) and all the tradesmen will have finished. So hopefully by the end of this week we should have a bathroom and a set of plumbed in kitchen appliances!
Want to see more of the kitchen? Well...
Here is the one and only set of drawers - with soft close function - Oh Yes!
And how many people does it take to put these things together, that's right, 3, and one to take the photo!
And the finished cupboards (some of them anyway) roughly where they will be going when the kitchen is done. The big white things on the right being used as tables - washing machine and tumble dryer - also where they will be in the finished room!
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Its flat pack - give me an "Oh Yeah!". It took us perhaps and hour to do the first unit. Hopefully we will get faster as we get the hang of the process. Looks like we know what we're doing doesn't it? Well, we managed to glue it in wrong twice, but managed to sort it out before the glue dried! Well, you've got to have a practice one don't you!
Finished base unit. This one'll have one shelf in it when it is finally in place. There will be double doors on it, but apparently they are best put on after the unit is in place.
Thursday, 15 October 2009
As you can see the room looks a complete state! This is pretty much how the whole house looks! But we are still quietly confident that it will all get done. The addition of the pond has taken some load off my mind. For some reason, although there are much more important things to worry about, like do we have water and electricity the missing pond was really weighing heavy on my mind! It's strange how somethings suddenly become so important to you! But we gave it a couple of days and it's done and that an end to it!
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
This hairy little guy was on the wall where the new greenhouse will go, don't know how he got there, it's concrete and brick as far as the caterpillar guy can see! We moved him to some safer hedge accommodation!
And I spotted this and it sounds like just the thing for a dirty house!
Monday, 12 October 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
So we raced back to the shop we bought from to cancel the order, trains not withstanding (but that's another tale!). Understandable they did their best with plenty "umm-ing" and "err-ing" and "we can match that" and "let me ring for authorisation" but in the end they couldn't match or beat it nor could they break our resolve to get our money back!
While on the subject of money saving and Argos, may I recommend, for UK persons, the National Shopping Monitor. You scan your shopping every time you buy something, return your receipts and they give you points. Every 10,000 points equates to £10 in high street vouchers or give the money to charity - various redeemables, its up to you what you do with it. The points build up fast (example: every week you scan you get 1000 points). You get points for receipts, bonus points each year, points for scanning and then they have other things like surveys which will give you points should you choose to fill them in. I have never been bothered with spam from them nor from other companies as a result of them and have been with them for several years now. I have had so much 'free' stuff with my vouchers, they are great for little gifts to yourself, extravagances you don't usually allow (like rowing machines!). I have given the best link I can, a search maybe better, oh and so you know this isn't some paid advert thing, I just think its pretty cool!
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Sunday, 4 October 2009
Not the worlds biggest difference but there are four bags of bulbs all planted for next spring in there too! My favourite bit was the two old chimmney pots in the garden that look pretty good with their 99p Lidl Chrysanthemums!! There are another two chimney pots around the back of the house, slightly different design to these, but will still look good wherever they end up.
Afterwards it was time for lunch, sitting at the top pf our field looking at the view!
Friday, 2 October 2009
Well, my friend and collegue James has made Monty a star! James is a great artist and his latest series of cartoons involve cats, cats in many forms! He was looking for models and I offered up Monty as he posed so well in his last entry HERE.
Monty's cartoon went online today. Yes, it is his 15 minutes of Fame!! Go and check it out he is very proud of his new found stardom Monty - in Cartoon Form! I think it looks great, say "Hi" too, while your there!!
James has also cornered the market on cartoons about Sheep and Aardvarks. Check it out here:
And while we are at it, James has written a book too! It's here - Silly Beggar