As you can see, I meant it when I said it was mayhem in our house the past couple of days. Yesterday we had summoned the plumber to come and sort out the leaking pipes. These were copper ones, about 15 years old, bought from a company we shan't ever use again, as the quality was so poor. (In our defence, the builder made the decision to buy from this company as delivery was quick and they saved money). However, we have had several leaks from these pipes in the last 18 months and spent a small fortune replacing them, and on paying a plumber to carry out the work. All is now sorted, however, and this leak (which was in the middle of the kitchen wall) will start drying out now.
We had to replace the backing on the one fitted unit, as this had gone very mouldy and it was this which had been making my asthma bad in the last few weeks (no surprise when we found out there was mould).
You may have noticed that we now have a new kettle (needed) and a toaster (the grill is SO SLOW these days) used to paint the kitchen cupboard doors and that pine cupboard. I just couldn't leave those behind as we needed them anyway. Now the unit is back against the wall, a new worktop for it arrives tomorrow, and we will soon be tickety boo again. I have managed to put most of the china and equipment away again now, after it being out for about 10 days (couldn't get the plumber here on a day when we were home before this).
If you look at the table in the photo, there is a very antiquated little orange lamp. This belonged to Keith's mum, and reminds Keith of his childhood home, so it stays, but it is hidden behind my big charger in the sitting room, and when turned on, with this new colour on the walls, it looks amazing - like a little solar eclipse in the corner of the room!
It was also action stations in the shower room, and it is just as well we were replacing the ancient shower cubicle anyway, as a big chunk of tiling had to come down to check for rotting copper pipe behind it. This will be the scene of action soon. We will get the plumber back to help install the shower and then we can retile the shower and the floor.
This morning after breakfast, I set to and removed every book from the bookshelf, as it had to be moved out in order to paint behind it (two coats). I also asked Keith to go through the books (mostly his) and sort out any he no longer wanted. Many are there purely from habit. I had gone through the antiques books a few weeks back and taken out a pile of old out-of-date Miller's Guides, and these will go to the charity shop.
Believe me, there were quite a few books in these many piles. I definitely burned some calories shifting THESE!! The new wall colour is Dulux's Copper Blush and is near to a true terracotta as we could get. The colour shown in these photos is a few shades lighter than it actually is and makes the room look very warm and cosy.
Books back on shelves, and as you can see, some SPACE for the first time in years. Many of the remaining books are reference books (antiques and militaria) and are staying. We refer to them regularly.
Two boxes full of books to go. . . The faded strip of carpet is going to be replaced, as we had half a roll left over and more than enough to replace the faded area.
A tidy, painted corner (well, just some filing on the chair). The colour is more like the bottom left above my sewing basket. NOT the orange it appears higher up (blame the flash).
Tomorrow I am off to a Quilt Festival in Bristol along with smallholding friend Dawn and other sewing friends. I am really looking forward to it. I am sure there will be LOTS (and lots) of photos in due course . . .