Friday, 20 March 2015

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Refitting the Bathroom: 5. Two steps forward, one step back

A misleading title really since everything is part of the planned progress, but when you spend your Sunday evening undoing the work of a weekend it doesn't feel like it!

By the end of Saturday we'd got all the cabinets in position. Much chopping and sanding was needed to carefully shape each piece so that they all slotted together really well, but we got there in the end. We'd also cut the worktop into shape and could finally get a feel for how the finished bathroom was going to look. Seeing the wood of the worktop against the white of the tiles started to bring home how close we are to done.

After church on Sunday we cut holes in the worktop for both the sink and the tap and then sat those in position too. What do you think? From the start the counter-top sink has been one of the features we've been looking forward to and seeing it in position - even if not plumbed in - was a very exciting moment.

And then we had to take it all apart again! Our bathroom is now back to how it was a week ago and all the cupboard panels are down in the conservatory so that we can sort all the final details and get everything painted.

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

In My Kitchen

Being completely unprepared for this months "In My Kitchen" I've taken the prompt rather literally this time - and no "pre-blog tidying" has gone on! I'm not sure we've ever shown you our kitchen as a whole. Its rather chaotic in different ways; the complete mish-mash of cupboards, empty spaces, broken drawers and different colours of worktop come to mind before we even start on the added everyday clutter.

Looking around, this month of particular note is the broken down freezer which we've decided has given itself up for lent! We were going to hurry out and sort a replacement, but having dealt with the food that wouldn't fit in the fridges little ice box the urgency has gone. It'll have to be done soon though.

The chop saw sitting in the middle of the kitchen is certainly not a normal feature, nor the large stack of cardboard packaging to its right. A birthday present for Joe which should hopefully make the upcoming cabinetry a little easier.

Talking of cabinetry, without the cabinets in the bathroom there is no sink, and so toothbrushes are sitting on the kitchen side still.

Finally, some rather pink lilies that Joe found in the reduced section at 10% of their original price. Bargain.

What's in your kitchen? Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial is collating her monthly roundup of kitchens all around the world.
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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Meanwhile, in Knitting News

The bathroom has been all consuming of late, but I've been trying to find time each day to put a few more stitches on my Big Cables and Little Ones Too jumper as well.

I've now separated the body and the sleeves and having less stitches to deal with is giving me the illusion of speeding up. I know I have to go back and deal with the other stitches later but I'm content with the fantasy for now.

Having finished the garter stitch yoke has actually sped things up though. Try as I might my purl stitch is still definitely slower than my knit and round after round of stocking stitch is now flowing rather nicely.

All the cables have now "disappeared" so its simply knit knit knit for the time being which is just right at the end of a busy day.

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