Saturday, 28 September 2013

Renovations .... The Return

Well, this week has been a better week, and mostly focused on glazing. Our living room and our daughters bay windows have been replaced.

 The inside patio doors have been removed
The bi-folding doors have arrived
Which I am way more excited about than I should be.
The velux's were added to the kitchen

And the kitchen roof was re-felted
I am kind of liking the window turrets as well. I wonder if the cats will go on top of them?

So things are moving forward and I am much happier. I am still focusing on the end of the project, but I feel like we could be half way there.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The Gallery - Faces

Photographing faces is probably one of my most favourite things to do. They can tell you so much about a person. My baby girl turned 7 last week and I can't get over how much she has changed and developed, and of course, her face is beautiful.

Here she is on the day she was born

Here she is a year later, full of laughter

Here she is at 2, with a lopsided fringe and cute as a button

Here she is at 3. 100% mischief

And here she is at 4 all about pink and glittery stuff

And here she is at 5, full of anticipation ready for her first day at school

And here she is at 6, full of the joy of the dance

And here she is at 7, looking so grown up, so beautiful

Saturday, 21 September 2013

The Builder's Progress

What I am learning, through this mammoth refurbishment of my downstairs, is that builders are strange, unusual, mythical creatures. When they are around they are very nice and usually quite good at what they do, but capturing them and getting them to do building stuff is a whole other thing.

Here are some lessons I have learnt:

Lesson 1, Builders appear to have different weekends to the rest of us. Their weekends tend to fall on Monday's and Friday's.

Lesson 2, Builders are quite random, I have two plasterers here today (on a Saturday) and there are three due in tomorrow. Is this anything to do with double time I wonder....hmmmm.

Lesson 3, Builders are dreadfully sickly creatures, they seem to suffer all sorts of strange and awful ailments.

Lesson 4, Builders have terrible trouble with their cars/vans/lorries

Lesson 5, Builders and building suppliers can turn up at the oddest times, usually when you are least expecting it.

Lesson 6, You have to wait in a lot for deliveries when the builders are there, because they might not be there....I know that doesn't make sense, please see below.

Lesson 7, Builder time and our time are very different, it's like it moves a lot more quickly for us. So our idea of soon is very different to builder soon.

So as you may have guessed things are moving quite slowly, I am told things will speed up next week, which is good considering we are a month in to a month long job and I would say they are not even half way.

My new fireplace has arrived, right on time (I ordered this), as have the new doors (I ordered these) and the radiators (I ordered these too). The new kitchen range arrived on time but my builder wasn't in to sign for it as we had arranged, so I have had to reschedule that delivery, I am taking a day off work for that as they only delivery on Fridays and, well, Friday's are part of the builder weekend.

Old fireplace
 New fireplace

Half plastered

So next week, I am hoping to see my bi-folding doors go into the kitchen, have the back door removed and have new bay windows. Keep absolutely everything crossed. I will catch you up on this soon x

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The Gallery - Selfie

Like a lot of people who are behind the camera, I am not overly keen to be in front of it. However, this week on the Gallery at Stickyfingers the subject was the selfie. #Gah!

I have had a rummage through my photo's and whilst I was on holiday I did do a selfie. I was, however, photo bombed by my little person, which  made me more smiley than I would normally be which is probably why I don't completely hate this one.
 For more selfie's checkout the Gallery this week.

Sunday, 8 September 2013


The builders have been in for the last week and have started the work that I talked about here. They have taken out the kitchen ceiling, started the stud wall for the new utility room and started stripping the walls. It's still very exciting, a little dusty but great to see it finally happening.

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