Home Improvements: Gutters

All the old gutters are gone. No more drips, no more sagging pipes. Just in time, too, because it’s been raining off and on all weekend. We had to place a garbage bin under one of the gutters still missing the downspout, and the bin filled to the brim in just 30-minutes. It’s amazing how…

Home Improvements: Garden Renovation

30 May: Yes, I’m a bit behind the mark. I’ve been busy. Making coffee. Making tea. Making iced sun-tea. Making mint tea. Making ice cubes in my new fridge. Calming Molly who’s now afraid of the new refrigerator and the noise that the icemaker makes. Have you ever seen a dog barking “warning-warning-alert” at a…

Home Improvements: Where’s the Grass

June 6: Sunny and hot. Well hot for England. We hit 22C today. That’s about the point where we all pant and gasp and beg for water with crushed ice from my new fridge. Molly is still barking at it, too. She doesn’t like the noise of the icemaker. Oh dear. That’s Andy on his…

Home Improvement: Garden Plans

Monday, 27 May: Here’s one of the problems with our garden and the position of the greenhouse. The lime trees behind the house have grown significantly over the past +20-years, and the sunlight is blocked until mid-afternoon. There isn’t enough sun reaching the greenhouse for the plants to grow properly. Here are a few photos taken…

Remodelling Phase 2: North Facing Herbs

It’s not ideal. Not smart either but what’s a girl to do when the musclemen are due on Tuesday. I doubt that they’ll give a hoe-hoe-hoe of a thought about my tender little herbs. It’s the only place I can find where they won’t drop soggy teabags or empty dregs out their mugs. Goodness know,…

Home Improvements: This, That and a Tap

Here’s an update on the renovation work. Things are moving along quickly now, nearly finished. Peter-the-Painter is still working and hopes to be finished on Thursday. The glass splashback for the kitchen is due to be fitted on Friday morning, and then we ring up the electrician who will fix the electrical plates to the…

Home Improvements: Worktop Fitted

Here are a few photos, and an update on the remodelling project. The granite worktop is now fitted, and it looks splendid with the cupboards. The colour is a medium-light grey with sparse bits of swirled light grey throughout, like breezy clouds floating through it. And it’s warm-ish to the touch, which I find interesting…

Home Improvements: Reclaiming Space

We are slowly reclaiming bits and piece and corners of our living room with furniture. We dust off the layers of plaster and wood, and try to fit things together like a big puzzle with beautiful coloured walls. I love the colour of the walls in the living room. It’s like a moca colour. Also…