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twotothefive

doing up a house, bit by bit

 

milky milky September 24, 2007

Filed under: countryside — dom @ 5:23 am

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A small pleasure: we now have milk delivered to our doorstep. For a mighty 44p a pint. And we can choose how much we get by using a high tech method of empty bottle, pen, paper and cling film.

 
 

with a little help September 23, 2007

Filed under: lounge — dom @ 12:27 am

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We’ve got the ‘chimney man’ coming around next week to bash out the chimney and take it back to the 1980s. In preparation we got the rest of the lounge stripped and sanded. Ro and John were visiting and acted as handy assistants. John doing so while wearing a rather fetching pink shirt and facial hair that a barber may want to take back to the 1970s at some point.

 
 

from bedroom to study September 16, 2007

Filed under: study — dom @ 12:28 am

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I’m still working from the couch. Which sounds nicer than it is. I’ve got a nice new big lurkehdeh tehvee to plug all my computers into, and could do with some form of chair that doesn’t turn me into a human husk.

Anyway. We’re sorting this out by changing the single bedroom into my study. Hurrah. Three hours spent in homebase was enough to find the wallpaper (the walls have been subject to a few too many shelves and other plaster damaging hangings for paint to be suitable). Three hours spent in homebase was also enough to realise we should have brought lunch.

Currently the room is stripped down with its woodwork painted in a ‘Putty’ Kitchen & Bathroom paint. The type of paint was, again, a result of spending three hours in homebase. Specifically in the narrowest, busiest aisle.

 
 

the wrong look north September 14, 2007

Filed under: house — dom @ 5:30 am

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Our digital TV was rubbish. It somehow detected when good stuff was on, and then obliterate the picture so that it was a garbled pixelated mess and the sound turned into some high pitched noise.

We got an aerial man out and within an hour he replaced the aerial with a nice high gain one, pointing in the direction of the strongest signal. A radical approach on our street, as pointing in the opposite direction provides the delights of Yorkshire TV instead of Tyne Tees. As long as you pay an extra hundred quid for another booster. Harry Graysham can wait for that much cash.

So we now have fantastic Newcastle based Look North, and, more importantly, decent signal when watching TV. Oh, and a 12 foot iron aerial that noone will take away. The council only accept rubbish in six foot lengths. Obviously.

 
 

sofas September 3, 2007

Filed under: furniture, lounge — dom @ 5:44 am

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Why are all delivery men old? It makes me feel guilty. I sit there, drinking my coffee, while they struggle through, looking like they’re about to collapse.

Anyway. The sofas have arrived. They’re our first (and probably last) monetary indulgence. Two large leather sofas from John Lewis. I think they must be sofas for special folk since the instructions warned not to use the copious packing materials in a baby’s cot.

 
 

minteresque September 1, 2007

Filed under: garden — dom @ 10:04 am

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We have a mower. We have some small lawns. We now have stripes on our lawns. It was strangely entertaining. I suspect the novelty will wear off.

 
 

squatting

Filed under: spare bedroom — dom @ 5:49 am

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The removal men kindly dismantled our Ikea bed with what appears to have been some form of sledgehammer. Bits of Ikea nonwood splinted all over the place. Nothing too structural mind, but they did discard a vital random threaded bit of metal - on which the whole bed seemed to rely on.

The result of this was that we’ve been sleeping on a mattress in our spare bedroom, surrounded by pulled back wallpaper (pink) on threadbare carpet (pink, also), surrounded by suitcases overflowing with clothes yet to be put away in large built in wardrobes (a nice mottled white speckle MDF construction).

So it now looks like we’re some form of middle class tramps. We’re going up in the world.