Home Improvements–Better Than Hoped

This is looking even better than I’d pictured it in my head. The mix of ‘Dove Grey’ lower cabinets with the ‘Chalk White’ upper cabinets is perfect. If it had been totally one or the other colour, I think it would have been too much for that long stretch of wall. Today things really began…

In My Kitchen – April Home Improvements

In My Kitchen: Kitchen Remodelling As you know, we’ve been living in a dustbowl since mid-February. Today, however, things began to take shape. The new fridge-freezer was delivered, and the kitchen fitters started work on the base cupboards. Nothing is nailed or screwed or fixed permanently yet, so it was suggested that we not open…

Home Improvements: Drip Drying

We’re in steady squeegee mode as the windows, door handles, worktops, and light fittings drip moisture as the plaster rendering continues to dry. If it this were summer, I’d open all the windows so things could dry faster, but it’s late winter and the temperatures are still below freezing. I prefer to view icicles outside,…

Home Improvements: Plastered

Home Improvements: Plastered The boiler is running perfectly, and it’s as quiet as a mouse compared to our previous 20-year-old monster. We’re told that it’s also more energy-efficient, and that our gas bill should reflect that. Well, perhaps it would if the weather was spring-like, but we’ve been plunged back into winter. It started snowing on…

Home Improvements: A Hole for the Telly

So here’s the decision: no more eating meals in the living room with a lap-tray balancing a plate of food. We eat at the dining room table (with a view of the garden) and no telly while we eat. Well, that was the idea. In reality, Peder likes to watch the 6 o’clock news with…

Home Improvements: Lintels Aren’t Lentils

I’ve learned two things recently: Colombia doesn’t have a ‘U’ in it, and Lintels aren’t pronounced Lentils. I love that I’m stupid enough to still be learning new things. We returned from Denmark to find that Andy-the-builder and his son, Sonny, who Andy often refers to as “the boy”, had made great progress while we…

Home Improvements: Kitchen-Diner

22 February: Snowing and 0.7C. We went to bed early last night, knowing that a thick goose down duvet supplied the warmth our heating system couldn’t. No heat. No hot water. No boiler. No wonder. The central heating system had an airlock caused by draining and moving various radiators from point A to point B….

Home Improvements: Glass Doors

21 February: I’m staying clear of liquids; someone might mistake me as an ice cube, and try to pop me into a tall glass. The temperature today was only a few ticks above freezing. Today’s work was all about draining and shutting-down the heating system, removing and moving radiators, and proving that wearing clothes in…