My job is mobile and I split my time working alternate weeks in Norfolk and Nottinghamshire. I drive down country roads, enjoying rural England through the seasons.

Monday, 22 September 2008

Demolition Derby

Kitchen is now out and at the tip - apart from the sink which is to be disconnected tomorrow afternoon. Going round tonight to unplug, clean and move the fridge/freezer into the portch, and then that will be it.

Lounge ceiling is also more or less stripped.

The plasterers come back next Monday. In the meantime, I'm bankrupt and "cheering myself up" (not) by looking at kitchens I can't afford on the internet in the hope that one day I may win the lottery!

Will start to paint the spare room upstairs this week - very pale blush pink on the walls, white door and skirting.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Quick catch up

Not much to say but I feel impelled to make a post since I haven't found time to do so recently.

I'm currently living with Jo and Steve and today go to pay the plasterers who will have finished the upstairs of my house! So quite a bit of progress has been made. Jo and Steve are to meet me round there after work as well, so we can start to move furniture around a bit more, and begin to demolish the brickwork in the living room, and take out the entire kitchen. I must ring the plumber today to see when he can come and disconnect the taps and sink. Also find someone to disconnect the cooker...

No time to write more.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Autumn morning

Feels really autumnal this morning - roads and fields are damp from all the rain this week, but the sun is out and there's that lovely crispness in the air. But there's still a swallow skimming and diving outside my window so summer isn't completely over yet and I'm conscious of not wanting to wish the seasons over before their time.

Autumn is my favourite though - a season of change, time to tidy the garden and prepare it for its annual rest. Most of all, though, I love the colours. They feel warm and comfortable - mellow in a way that I'd like to be but so rarely achieve.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Work on the house

  • So let's see, what did I actually achieve during my time off?

    Yes - Resurface the driveway (pebbles ordered and due to arrive next Monday)
    Started but not finished due to shocking weather - Mend and paint the garden fence, decking and pergola
    As above, although I did get quite a bit done, including the leeks and spuds - Weed and tidy the garden up, including planting my leeks out and harvesting my spuds
    Yes - Rip the tiles off my bedroom ceiling - and discovered a hole in the ceiling!
    Yes - Remove the artex from the kitchen ceiling
    Yes Rip the wooden boarding off the kitchen walls
    No... Try to do something to stop my garden wall falling over...
    No... Remove all loose pointing from ground to a 4 foot height from the front and side walls of my house prior to repointing
    No... Start the repointing

And on top of all that I have also:

  • Had the electrician round who has sorted out most of my electrics including fitting a new fuse box and finding that my house isn't earthed...
  • Organised the plasterer who will start work in a couple of weeks
  • Been to France to see m&d and brought some of their stuff back to store for them
  • Organised a self-store unit and started to move some of my stuff into store - by this weekend I aim to have the upstairs completely empty so that the plasterers can work without my things getting in the way, and for all my books, ornaments etc to be in store.

AND I have started on my new foot health practitioner course and completed module 1.

I think I deserve a proper holiday - pity all my money's gone and I've used all my leave up on the house!

Back to work and all that

Had a bigger gap from this than I had envisaged really - didn't have time during the week that I was off work due to all the work I had to do in the house, and then I had a mad week back at work desperately trying to catch up, and then a 2nd week off to carry on the random destruction of my house!

And now that I'm back at work, I don't seem to have time for anything other than gearing up for the next exam board. But today I have decided to take a lunchbreak - even if only for 20 mins, and in that I am going to add a bit more to this blog.