Final lap …


Today the new flooring goes down. We are having a laminate floor put on top of the old floor in the conservatory. In a marked contrast the the "Sparks" that came yesterday, there has been a lot of 'tut tut', 'Oh dear', 'That's not good' and a fair amount of head shaking! I hadn't realised … Continue reading Final lap …

Maybe a long day …


I have the electrician with me today. You may remember we had an issue with some of the wiring when the new conservatory roof was put on. The electrician fixed that, but when he came to wire up the lighting, he found another problem. It appears that there is an issue with what he called … Continue reading Maybe a long day …

Glutton …


I'm forever downloading free apps for my phone, iPad and even my laptop. I hear or see someone mention some piece of software or app and immediately think "... that might be useful or fun or whatever ..." They very rarely are and I usually end up uninstalling the things and questioning what I was … Continue reading Glutton …

I like my phone …


My 1st phone 1980's Love them or loathe them, mobile phones have come a long way from the house brick of the 1970's to the razor thin, smartphones that we are now used to. I got my first phone in the mid 80's, and it was a BT phone on the Orange network. It was … Continue reading I like my phone …

Nearly there and other things …


It's painting time. Eldest son came around to do the ceiling as Mrs H thought I would struggle. I'm not sure if she thought I was too short or too old. He is about 5' 7" and I'm 5' 4". I don't think it was a height issue. There was huge amount to cover, but … Continue reading Nearly there and other things …

Disaster … well almost


That didn't go as well as expected. I thought I would have a go at oven crisps (oven chips for my American readers). I found a recipe and thought I would give it a go. I have had a catering mandolin for a few years now, and apart from slicing potatoes when I make a … Continue reading Disaster … well almost

All done … for now


Apart from a bit of snagging on Monday, the main bulk of the work is complete. Eldest lad is going to help me do the painting, but the plasterers said we can't start until middle of next week. So it will have to be the walls under the windows that we do first. The main … Continue reading All done … for now

… end of Day 2


They didn't quite finish today. One of the window boards had been damaged and was too short. So the two lads are coming back in the morning to fit a new piece. The plasterer is also coming tomorrow to do the final insulated plasterboards in the roof. There seems to be quite a bit of … Continue reading … end of Day 2

Day two …


They are back again and right on time at 08:30. It's very wet, so they opted to take the old patio door out. Problem: while cutting the frame, one of them cut through three wires. What is a strange thing is that all three wires are red! The electrician is coming to sort it out. … Continue reading Day two …

… not finished


As I expected, there is still looks to be a bit to do. It's supposed to be watertight and should be okay for light showers, so fingers crossed. They are back tomorrow morning, and we're hoping that they get it finished in the morning. I'm not so sure. The roof tiling plates are still in … Continue reading … not finished

Should have been ‘Day 1’ …


For a few weeks now, I have been considering writing a journal. Nothing too over the top, just a few lines every day. I've been told that writing things down, helps with memory and trying to remember things. May all be rubbish, but it may just work. So today was the day I was going … Continue reading Should have been ‘Day 1’ …

Patience is a virtue…


I had my INR blood test appointment of Friday. It is one of those finger prick tests that only takes about 45 seconds. I fact the pre-test questions take longer than the actual test, it is usually about a ten minute job. It was an early appointment, 9am. Don't ask me why I chose that … Continue reading Patience is a virtue…