That’s me this week.
No action on the block with the last tradie sighted last Saturday afternoon putting up the lower roofs’ fascia and guttering. Each week I’m told that the lower roofs will be completed by Friday but nothing happens 😦
This coming week I’m told it will be all go with:
Monday: Lower roofs on
Tuesday/Wednesday: Lower eaves
Friday: Electrical rough in & gas fireplace
Sometime after the eaves it will be the brick acid wash and the lower downpipes fitted and painted. Here’s hoping they all come and party at our place next week!
Billy no mates at home as well as hubby has been in Macau all week on education. (Did you hear my air quotes there??). We were supposed to be having a landscape meeting today, Saturday, but luckily the landscaper re-scheduled as hubby is stranded en-route in Hong Kong due to the cargo hold doors not opening.
Hmm, the only time I got stranded it was a tad different. Prepare for a trip down memory lane…
Winter of 1978/9 in the UK, coldest one for years, and I was travelling by train from Edinburgh to Surrey from boarding school for the half-term holiday. My father was meeting me at Kings Cross station, London after work and we’d go home together. Unfortunately there was a huge snow fall and the trains were disrupted. I finally made it into London in the early hours of the morning, Underground closed, taxis not running so we had to walk from Kings Cross to Waterloo complete with suitcase. Lucky I was in my school uniform of tweed coat and stout lace up shoes then 🙂
No waiting rooms were open at Waterloo so we huddled up together on a bench to wait for the trains to start running in the morning. Some very kind British Rail employee took pity on us and fired up the heating in one of the empty trains waiting on the platform so we could sleep in comfort.
Now fast forward to my other half who is roughing it in the refurbished Quantas Hong Kong Lounge after a night in a hotel. Hmm Business lounge or Platform 9 Waterloo?? Mind you I just had snow, he also has a typhoon to contend with in the vicinity so here’s hoping the turbulence isn’t too bad when he does take off.
So what have I been doing apart from stalking the site looking for tradies?
Research! This week I’ve been thinking about pelmets and headboards both of which I fancy making.
[photo from The Curtain Boutique http://www.thecurtainboutique.com.au/gallery/pelmets/ ]
[My photos from local Allcastle, Clarendon & Wisdom show homes]
Pelmets will be the first project in order to help with the heating/cooling of the house. The internet is a wonderful thing as they say, mind you the phrase a little knowledge is a dangerous thing also springs to mind. So having tracked down a quite informative American youtube video on how to make and cover a pelmet I am raring to go.
Off I trot to Masters to do some pricing research. I was eyeing up an electric nail/staple gun and lengths of timber. I can hear my sister’s heart rate climbing from here 🙂 I’ll be careful I promise, now where is the nearest Accident and Emergency to here??
Next up will be a padded headboard or two in matching fabric to the pelmets courtesy of another useful tutorial from an Australian site – The Home Upholsterer.
I will see it through and it won’t be added to my craft box of unfinished items (one baby bonnet for my eldest now 25 is still lurking at the bottom…)
Perhaps I better watch those instructions again …
p.s Hubby if you are reading this and panicking – relax we are all fine! The coffee machine and I have bonded well in your absence and I haven’t bought any power tools … yet 🙂