Week 85

The contractors are back this week to sort out immediate Stuff. These include things like painting the garage floor and filling large gaps in blockwork in the walls out there, fixing the rainwater diverters, sorting my neighbour's drive, and changing the loft boards. What's been lacking on our side is any kind of oversight or … Continue reading Week 85

Week 84

Flicking through my Waitrose Magazine searching in vain for interesting Christmas recipes this week (and only coming up with increasing feelings of inadequacy looking at saucy Nigella in page after posed page of perfection), I saw this quote by Michael Roux. You gotta hand it to Trevor and Sid for getting onsite double quick when things … Continue reading Week 84

Week 81

We've moved in! Practical completion kind of happened on its own between Tim and Alyson behind the scenes which was weird. I would have thought this momentous event certainly warranted a fanfare or fireworks, or at least a pause for thought. Instead, the only communication I had from Tim on Moving In Day was an … Continue reading Week 81

Week 63

Post redirected, banks informed, car insurance changed, schools notified, meters read, cleaners booked, checkout from rental organised, and... off we go at long last. After two years of being away from St Anne's, we're finally moving in to the New House. What an adventure! What could possibly go wrong? We've moved twice already, so we're … Continue reading Week 63

Week 62

Welcome to Week 62 in our 36 Week project.... It's all about finishing now. Lots of pressure to Buy Things like... doorbells. Have you ever given much thought to them? The button bit can be a nice design piece, and there are many many different types to choose from. But the ringer, chime, sounder, whatever … Continue reading Week 62

Week 61

Clinton celebrated a penultimately significant birthday on the weekend by going back to school: blacksmithing school. He's always happiest when he's making and building and doing. So with some stout shoes and safety glasses, off he went to the Quinnells' at Fire and Iron to get stuck in to Make Stuff.  The course was about … Continue reading Week 61

Week 58

Without going into too much drama about tempers flaring, lines of communication being tested, inspections on the edge and deadlines looming, ..., despite all this, it's all mostly going to plan. This week's post will be mostly pictorial as I'm struggling to write anything at all coherent in the rush to finish this project. Loose ends include … Continue reading Week 58