Sunday, 27 May 2012

Loft Hatch

After we got back from kestrel watching yesterday, Sunshine got on with getting our loft hatch in place. We had one there previously but it didn't have an attached ladder and was so narrow that it wasn't really very useful for getting things up there. Anyways, I couldn't really get involved apart from passing tools up and down. Sunshine wired a new light up there, cut a bigger hole and installed a loft hatch with a ladder. It still needs wooden batting round the edges to tidy it up - but at least its in place. We bought the hatch ages ago so its nice to finally tick "install loft hatch" off the to do list :)

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Kestrel Watch

Sunshine and I were up pretty early this morning so we went out for a walk to go kestrel hunting. There are a couple of old warehouses along the riverside where we live and you can see a pair of kestrels nesting there almost every year. Their nest is pretty easy to spot in amongst the pigeon and crows nests ... they leave a very white deposit on the wall! They were definitely there this morning - we even got a "bumshot". Unfortunately couldn't tell if they had young ones. Here's a close up of one of them... 

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Pressure washed ...

Our friends and neighbours, the Peskimos, are in possession of a pressure washer. Sunshine decided to borrow it this weekend to see if he could wash the grime off our outside walls. Unfortunately it had more of the effect of washing the paint off! So we stopped. But we DID get to wash the paving slabs in the back "yarden" and having pulled the hose through the house, also washed the front path. Both now no longer look black ... its so refreshing!

Monday, 14 May 2012

Mark and Nic's wedding

This last weekend Sunshine and I travelled over to Cambridge for the wedding of one of my closest friends, my man-of-honour, the person who actually introduced me to Sunshine... Mark, and his lovely lady Nic ...

It was a lovely, happy wedding and Sunshine was the official-unofficial wedding photographer. The venue was fantastic; the weather held up; the food was lush; and we got to sleep in a gypsy caravan that night! 

Congrats Bitterjug and Niddynoo, and of course baby Grace, for coming together as a happy family :)

Friday, 11 May 2012

Back Lounge Part 11

Sorry no updates on the back lounge recently - I've still been ill and poor Sunshine has had to get on with the skirting boards all by himself this last week in the evenings after work. We also had the double whammy of painting the boards with the white gloss we had and realising that it looked "too white". So we went and bought ourselves an "antique white" which works much better and that we're much happier with. Didn't manage to get a decent photo while the room was empty but here is a taste of how the skirting boards have come along - I think Sunshine has done a smashing job. He's painted the picture rails with the antique white too and it looks fab...

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Back Lounge Part 10

Its been over a week since the last back lounge update - we had a break for Clare and Will's wedding; and then I have been pretty ill this week and Sunshine has been back at work. This weekend he has been getting on with the skirting board - making the wooden plates that go behind the boards to attach them to the walls, and cutting all the skirting boards to size. I just about managed to help with putting on some coats of base coat on the skirting board buts that's all I could manage ... thank you Sunshine for getting on with it ...