Thursday, April 26, 2007

Moving on to the bathroom.....

The latest stage of the House Renovations (which will enable us to sell up and move to Cornwall in a year or so) is upon us. The bathroom is getting manky and is ripe for a makeover. I've got to make the decision of whether to put in a standalone shower as well as the bath, or to have one of those P-shaped shower baths? We have just enough space for a bath and a shower, as long as the bath is small- a slipper bath would suit. And the shower would have to be a corner-entry one so we don't come out of the shower and fall into the toilet. Bearing in mind they keep grinding on about good bathrooms sell houses, should I go for the full 'country living' look or a more modern shower bath approach? The difference in prices is only about £150.

In the photos, the tape marks on the carpet represent the worst-case sizes for the bath, etc I'm looking at.

Monday, April 16, 2007

A Day at Twikkers

We went to Twickenham stadium, home of English rugby union on Sunday, to watch the Cornish Pirates play Exeter Chiefs in the EDF Energy cup final. It was really a support event to a game featuring Leicester Tigers v Ospreys, but to us the Pirates game was the one to watch!
It was an incredibly warm day and we were in seats right at the top of the east side...fortunately in the shade. The Cornish Pirates have a huge number of loyal supporters not just in Cornwall but all over the country, and most of them seemed to have made the trip down to Twikkers to see their team play in the most important game they'd ever played. We have supported the Pirates for years, we're not Cornish and don't live there (yet) but have been so impressed by the sheer heart and enthusiasm of the club. The supporters club, named the 'Press gang' fill coaches for every away game and travel hundreds of miles from their base in Camborne/ Penzance , to overwhelm other clubs with cornish flags, singing and cheering. Hubby Mart (aka Woll) is one of the volunteer reporters/photographers for the fan website, for the away games that are played 'oop north', Doncaster. Leeds, Nottingham etc so he generally gets pitchside passes, along with son (Woll Jnr) who takes notes and types the report on his laptop in the car on the way home. No pitchside pass at Twikkers, of course, but he still managed to take some good photos from various spots.
Anyway...to cut a long story short and there are match reports elsewhere on the web, the Pirates WON! The Chiefs are a tough team and no pushover and to beat them 16-19 was a huge achievement. It must have gutted the Exeter contingent, and I feel for them, but the Pirates really deserved this one.
The Pirates management had hired one of the bar areas in the stadium solely for the use of people holding Pirate tickets, and there after the game, congregated fans, management (including multi-millionaire boss Dicky) and most importantly the players. They aren't precious about the trophy...as soon as it came into the bar it was thrust at an unsuspecting supporter with the instruction to 'pass it around'! So here's family Woollatt with said trophy! Yay!!!!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Drawing a (washing) line


Is it me? Am I alone in finding a line of washing worth a photo? Hubby thought I was potty! (Well pottier than normal.) I have always admired the lush colour and luminous quality of backlit washing. Once I went with an art group to a pretty Cotswold village, to paint. At the end of the session, everybody had painted the honey-stone cottages except for me...I'd painted a line of washing. I'll have to dig out the watercolour sometime. Hubby's not keen on it though...it's not art. Is it?