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Thursday, 8 November 2018

Plastering and Windows

Three bedrooms, one bathroom, one en-suite  and  hallway ceilings have been skimmed. The walls in the en-suite have also been skimmed. Lots of prep took place first,  screwing, scraping and a PVA wash  applied before any plaster was put on.  


 Hubby bought a new loft hatch to finish off the hall as the old one was so yukky.  We also need a new mains electric smoke alarm. The ceilings should be ready to seal with a watered down emulsion  by Wednesday,  Thursday. Once that's all dry we can crack on with the painting.  We need to fit in a trip to Ikea to order the wardrobes for 2 of the bedrooms. We have always fitted Schrieber wardrobes to our properties but they don't seem to be trading anymore. 

Once our heating engineer has been in hubby can kit out the en-suite and tile it, then we should be ready to move furniture that is cluttering up the lounge into the rightful place.  

We have decided to fit new windows despite the price. There are lots of faults with the ones here.  The seals and trims are warped.  The trickle vents are draughty and full of nicotine.  And if I'm honest to change the leaded light units to plain would cost nearly as much.  There is a 4-5 week wait, but at least they'll be done this side of Christmas. 

The front garden was quite overgrown, its only shrubs planted in pea shingle but it was scruffy so I spent yesterday hacking everything back. Then I weeded all the block paving before spraying with a tough weedkiller to inhibit further growth. As I walked into the kitchen to make a cuppa I saw this chap in the garden......a European woodpecker. He was a beautiful pale green with a red stripe on his head.  I took some video but I cant work out  how to upload it. I will once i work it out.  

Garden photos to follow. Bye for now. Tx

PS, at 7:40 this morning my BT hub finally turned blue which means I have broadband. Guess what, notbone BT engineer had to enter ny property. I gave been spun a load of lies. They said id have to   gave an engineer viditas no one at thus property has ever had broadband. Furthermore  they fidnt know fibre was zvailable at this location. I told tbem it was, I'd googled it! Now the fight is on to get compensation for hubby.






22 comments:

  1. At least if you get the windows done now you won't have to think about it later, the windows here are awful this place gets so cold.How lucky to see the Woodpecker, I love birds but have never seen one. x

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    1. I was shocked to see the woodpecker. He was quite big and pecking furiously at the lawn. The windows here are horrible.

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  2. Best get the windows done, no one likes to sit in a draugh. I love our ceiling which were plastered flat, they look so much better.

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    1. I love flat ceilings and walls, easier to paint!

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  3. I used to get green (European) woodpeckers on my lawn at my previous house. They love ants or more particularly, ants eggs. You are very privileged to have them.

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    1. He was very handsome, I'm hoping he returns so my husband can see him.

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  4. You're doing so well with it all. It'll be lovely once it is all done.
    xx

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  5. It sounds like a lot of work, but I bet it will be worth it. What a lovely woodpecker! We get them here at the hummingbird feeder, but ours are black and white with a red streak on the head. I wonder if ours eat ants?

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    1. Itsconly the second time in my life that I've seen a woodpecker. So I'm really excited. He was certainly packing furiously to find ants in the ground.

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  6. We need new windows but I am fighting the cost and disruption. The other day I put blackout lining on some curtains and this has made a great deal of difference cutting the drafts. Only a couple of £s per metre on line. Just tacked them to the exisiting hem thing at the top.

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    1. When they checked our windows the surveyor actually said our windows are a security problem, as the glass can be taken out from the outside. Something that was stopped in the 1990's, so goodness knows how the builder got hold of these.

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  7. We get the black, white and red woodpeckers here every summer. They go on the roof and hammer on the metal bathroom vent! Scares the heck out of you when they do that. I just turn the bathroom fan on and they go away for a while. Our son, at the coast also gets them and they hammer on his satellite dish!!

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    1. Wow that must be quite strange. He was just pecking at the grass.

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  8. Your garden visitor is lovely.

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  9. I'm afraid you're behind us in the queue to get compensation from BT! Last week was miserable with lies being told and 3 days wasted waiting in for an engineer who never arrived. We were offered £10!We managed to get the email address of the CEO and are waiting for a response. Shocking. Anyway - so impressed that you are cracking on with things so quickly - always the best way, I feel. Cannot wait to see pictures of your new garden!

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    1. We are mainly tidying the garden at the moment as it was so over grown. The real work on the garden with start in the spring.

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  10. How lovely to find you have a resident Woodpecker at your new home!
    Windows make a house and you will notice how much more light you have with plain glass.

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    1. At least when we get rid of the trickle vents it won't be draughty.

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  11. Things are moving along nicely. Love the Woodpecker. We have a few that come to visit us quite often.

    God bless.

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    1. I've never had one in my garden before. I've seen one in a tree.

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