Friday, August 31, 2007

Today's progress

And thank goodness the loo is flushable again! The chaps made good use of it as soon as Neil had gone home, but I'm afraid I'm gridlocked. Time for a good curry, methinks!

On a pleasanter note, the new flooring is down. It's a laminate textured like slate, and non-slip too, very useful in a bathroom.

The shower cabinet is being put in tomorrow and the bath put in place too. We have to go out, but Neil and his helper will just soldier on.

Bathroom in progress!

Neil the plumber (and builder and electrician) started Tuesday on the bathroom refurbishment. I think we're about through the messiest part, bath ripped out, tiles off and loo and basin disconnected (we're keeping them, they're in good order) and the walls and ceiling have been replastered. Today the flooring goes down. It's a bathroom laminate tile in a textured dark slate.....really tactile!
I'm looking forward to a working loo again; we can use it but it's a bucket job to flush it. No hot water either so we boil a kettle for our needs. I hope Neil puts the new shower in's ok for the chaps as they shower at the rugby club!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

More holiday bits and a Birthday Boy

Firstly, I'm late by two days, but I must say Happy 17th birthday to Ben. And on his very birthday, he booked his first driving lesson! Here he is, waiting for the instructor to take him off to the old airfield to get used to the car before he tackles the surrounding villages! We tried to get a photo of him as he returned and parked up, (only scuffing the kerb slightly!) but it came out too blurry. I think hubby was laughing too much!
Ben loves driving and I don't think he'll have any trouble passing his test. He's raced karts successfully and driven both the Fiesta and Boris at the old airfield. The next lesson will be taken in the streets of the local town; I'm sure he'll take it on with aplomb.

Next, here's a pic of the two Cornish Blue mugs we fell in love with in Cornwall and bought. I love the simplicity of this pattern and as mugs they hold just enough, and are nice and chunky to hold.

And lastly, here's a quick shot of hubby's new Longboard. For those in the know, it's a Surftech 9' 1" noserider made to a template by Bo Young. Lovely thing.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Back from Kernow!

As always, Cornwall was a great hit...and we were so lucky with the weather. Two solid weeks of summer sun; we all got brown! Boris the camper ran impeccably too, if slower than everyone else on the motorways.
I got plenty of water time in, on my bodyboard. Charlie the Jack Russell had lots of fun in the rockpools and got very wet and sandy. Good job we're not precious about the camper interior!
The boys got plenty of surf time, Ben seemed to out-surf his dad throughout the holiday. There was a major disaster half-way through the hols when Mart was caught in a heavy rogue wave, which spat him out and snapped his longboard in two!

It's repairable apparently, but it couldn't be done till Autumn so Zuma Jay's surf shop lent him some test boards for the rest of the week, till Saturday, when he bought a new one from them. (Argh, the expense!)


I managed to do some sketching, though due to holiday ennui, not as much as I'd hoped. See here for those, and the latest on my wood engraving.
More soon!