Day 214, Monday 4th October
The day starts with removal of everything that
we have come to appreciate so much in the kitchen. Now that we have
a cooker, we disconnect it. Now that we have a washing machine, it
too gets dismissed to the lounge. Then the fridge goes.
Actually there is a reason for all this
madness, and that is we are now starting on the under-floor heating
and then the tiles go down.
In the afternoon, the man from the local plant
hire (Mr Location) arrives with his mini JCB. I wanted to drive
around the site but he wouldn't let me; spoil-sport.
Day 215, Tuesday 5th October
The Boss goes to work today, instead of
Mr Location digs up the remains of what he
thinks was a silage pit. All we could see was a small slab of
concrete in the middle of the garden. Once he started to dig, it was
obvious it was larger than it first appeared, and the foundation was
He took away the biggest of these and left us
with the smaller ones, to continue the wall. Chris continues to work
on the stone wall and Pete and I get the insulation laid for the
We are about to pack up for the day and the
Boss runs outside shouting there's water pouring into the kitchen
from the washing machine waste pipe. I do a boy on the dyke act,
holding my hand over the washing machine waste pipe while the water
drains away. Or that was the theory. As soon as I did this, water
poured out of the dishwasher waste. So it takes two hands.
Day 216, Wednesday 6th October
Its clear the tile cement is not sticking the
tiles down. We decide the only thing is to lift all the laid tiles.
Chris and the Boss help to diminish the piles
of stones and use them to build up the wall. What the neighbours
make of it we don't really know.
Day 217, Thursday 7th October
The Boss is working in the morning. Pete
spends all day on his knees, lifting and cleaning tiles, and
scraping off the old cement off the insulation. And Chris wanders
around the garden, collecting stones.
I start on the plaster board for the second
bathroom. I'm definitely getting better at walls using metal studs,
but the lack of square corners and low beams still causes me some
difficulty. I either cut the boards short, too long or at the wrong
angle. By the time the house is finished, perhaps I'll be a real expert.
Day 218, Friday 8th October
Chris and the Boss are going shopping today.
With two of the worlds leading experts on shopping, heaven help
The start of the garden landscaping looks
And then this ...
And then ...
After and early Guy Fawkes
And finally, does my bum look big in this?
Day 219, Saturday 9th October
As the sun's shining, we take a break from
inside work. Raking and levelling the garden is supposed to be good
for the six-pack. After looking in the mirror, I decide it (my
six-pack) needs just a bit more work.
My nephew Sean decides we wants to do some
work to "build some muscles". After pulling up four old floorboards,
he decides its time to go back to university, or get a real job,
without too much work.
England Wales World Cup qualifier kicks off at
4:00, so a shorter day than normal.
Day 220, Sunday 10th October
A day off. And no croissants for breakfast, followed a trip to
St Emillion in the heart of the Bordeaux wine growing region. A real
tourist town, with expensive wines for sale. But lots of shops, so
the Boss is happy.
And being happy, it
will prepare her for the task ahead