Killed Scrooge, would marry a reindeer

Rudolph

I confess, it’s been a while and work was entirely to blame. A lot happened, enough said. More to the point and the latest title, …

To infinity and beyond

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The Forth Bridge is about to accept its penultimate lick of deep red. It is really something when that hunk of Victorian Iron connecting lowly …

Filthy, Smutty Dust

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The jackpot in this renovation wasn’t discovering any original relics buried beneath 100 years of life. There was no great archeological discovery, nor was there …

Blood would ruin my white glosswork

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Apologies for the long empty pause in posts (if interested!). We hit a wall. Not one of those literal walls that result in clouds of …

Learning new tricks

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There are few jobs I have refused to tackle as we meander through this renovation, although you will note no reference ever to the joy …

In the words of Natalie Imbruglia

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I am torn. If you haven’t already, and if not why not you are supposed to move through every page thanks, click onto ‘Recommend’. Here …

Fairwell to a Kitchen

Newspaper dating from 1881 buried in the wall of my archeological dig!

When do you call the Firemen?

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If there is a blaze, yes immediately I know. But when do you call them out for one of those “odd” jobs… pussycat up tree …

Holy

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The flat is a hole, both literally and figuratively. In scenes reminiscent to the opener in Ghost sledgehammers connected with loose plaster and clouds of …

Pros and Cons

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The master bedroom has a large cavity in the floor that is devoid of any insullation, fire protection or sound deadening. Previous tradesmen were careful …

The Tooth Fairy

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The Tooth Fairy keeps visiting. In a very keen and very helpful manner every time I leave her precious quarry out she duly appears during …

Point of no Return

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Paperless, carpetless, floorless, heatingless, waterless, kitchenless, plasterboardless, hygeineless, cleanlienessless, plus a view directly South (hi a little more Neighbour) a lot less of a home. …

In Sickness and Laith

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As with an age-old marriage there are points in a renovation where you wonder why on earth you picked this one. There were ‘plenty more …

All By Myself

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Unlike the line in the namesake song I do want to be all by myself. A morning alone in my old building encouraged an archeological …

Hernia

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It is 17:02 and there is no money in the Solicitor’s account. Let the hernia ensue. I am forced to re-engage with the (pleb of …

Sanity Lost, if found please return to Santander

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At 0842am customer (me) called Santander to translate utter consternation at loss of chaps payment. Santander Staffer answers said call and explains that despite assurances …

Shag Pile

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Childhood memories (if they serve right and haven’t yet been dented by alcohol) have me rolling around the vast swathes of pure wool, textured Berbers, …

#Fail #Understatement

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Sipping a delicious red, soaking up the delicious sawdust scent of new kitchen, we roar with delicious, soul soothing laughter at the stupidly surreal error …

Victoriana A Home’s History

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1870 –    The majority of homes, old or new, had Gaslight. With Oil Lamps in bedrooms if money was   tight and you lived seriously …

Ice Ice Baby

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Did I mention my role in life that pays for [50%] of this project? FYI I am a Digital Project Manager (managing Websites/ Video Production/ …