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: We Have Heat

Weather: Snow expected next week. The temperature dropped below freezing, and Sod’s Law, that was the night when we needed the heating and hot water most. The boiler was installed by the plumber but unfortunately the plumber’s not an electrician, so the plumber could only plumb. The electrician spent today sorting the wiring but still…

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…

In My Kitchen, February 2013

In My Kitchen: February 2013 My house is about to be beat into submission. Remodelled, updated, opened up, warmed up, and we’ll let in the thin winter English sunshine. The back wall of the dining room will be knocked through on Wednesday, and a tri-folding glass wall installed. Other walls knocked down, steel supports and…