Saturday, 14 January 2017

A splendid day out

No photographs. I took the camera but didn't switch it on. Still not feeling 100% but I really felt that if we didn't go out I would be stuck in the house forever.

We went to buy a coat for Mr M.

We failed. wrong sizes and wrong prices. Ah well.

We went to Staunton and Corse to the garden centre because their tea and coffee is always good. Then we headed to Upton on Severn and Clive's Fruit Farm. We had jacket potatoes, shan't bother with those again. It must be the winter weather cos the food was lukewarm and flavourless. Mr M had Chilli and I had just cheese on mine. I couldn't even taste it. Mr M said his chilli wasn't and could only be described as stew, and not very flavourful stew either. He said it tasted as though it had been made from tomato soup and carrots.

Anyhooooo. We did stroll around the shop and bought a lovely pork joint and a pasty and scotch egg for Mr M for his tea.

Then we headed home. As we were driving along a lane somewhere we saw a sign that said

"Peacocks for Sale"

"That's not something you see too often" remarked Mr M and then we both burst out laughing. It quite made up for feeling lousy and eating warm food.

Tomorrow we have roast pork on the menu - with roast potatoes, carrots, parsnips yorkshire pudding (yes, I know but we like yorkshire pudding) and gravy and perhaps a trifle afterwards.


Monday, 26 December 2016

Me on Monday - No photographs

A lovely Christmas with family in contact throughout the day. Lovely meal and then a peaceful evening knitting. Today we slice up the meat for the freezer and then sleaze.

I left the camera by the computer and didn't touch either all day

Merry Christmas everyone

Monday, 19 December 2016

Me on Monday - still emptying boxes

It's been a week of rediscovery here at Macey Towers. Finding spaces for the stuff that lived happily for 20 years in the backs of cupboards.
Dishes and bowls that had been dragged screaming into the harsh light of day and now were being judged as to their suitability for The New Kitchen.

What was new this weekend? a new curtain track in the breakfast room to replace the one I managed to break when I opened the curtains after three weeks of not being able to get to them. As the curtains were thick with sawdust and absolutely minging they went down to the washing machine and spent the afternoon on the radiator drying. Mr M was very brave and stood on two chairs (one for each foot, not on top of each other) and fixed the new track to the wall and then put the curtains onto the track.
The Charity Shop boxes are by the front door, I have found a new place for the china cabinet to live and Miss Boo spent an energetic hour carrying books upstairs ready for grandma to put them onto the bookshelf that had to move for the china cabinet to................. you get the picture, I was playing put and take with furniture all week.
Today my lovely daughter and my favourite son-in-law spent half an hour moving the last of the boxes down to the cellar and stowing the cookery books into a space until after Christmas. Tonight we get the tree up and decorated and then tomorrow Eldest Son and his family will arrive and the festive season will begin

My thanks to Sian for inventing this meme and keeping me writing

Monday, 12 December 2016

Me on Monday - New Kitchen!

It's been a funny old week. They fixed the last of the doors, the gasman  gasgirl came and fixed the hob, the oven awas connected and the brackets to stop it falling on my toes were fixed. I threw the belly pork into the only roasting tin I could find and then rummaged in another box for the conversion chart so I could put the oven on the correct temperature.
Friday evening and the belly pork is in the oven!
 On Saturday we went to Costco. They always have lots that we desperately need and this time was no exception. We bought pork chops and belly pork and bacon and coffee and christmassy stuff and we grazed our way around what is known as the pensioners free lunch. In Costco they do samplea of food. At the end of most aisles you will find a small table thingy and a food demonstartor and you can try the stuff and then buy it. As I said, they always have something I desperately need.
Roast beef for our first Sunday meal from the new kitchen
We bought trays of soft drinks and bags of Lemons and Limes. I slice them and then freeze them on trays then put them into containers so that Mr M can drop a few into his glass of water. Costco lemons are always big and juicy and their limes beat any I have seen in any supermarket. Their mushrooms are also the best quality.

When we got home and I had vacuum packed the neat and put it into the chest freezer I began unpacking boxes. I have now rediscovered the saucepans and the roasting tins and most of the cake tins. I totally forgot to make yorkshire puddings to go with the beef simply because I didn't find those tins until after we had eaten.
What was new? what did I learn? Well, the oven is an ongoing experience. I will need to run through several things before I can safely say I know it. The hob seems to heat things more quickly that the old one but that could just be wishful thinking. Over all I am thrilled to bits with my new kitchen and can't wait for the flooring man to come and lay the new vinyl.

My thanks to Sian at FromHighInTheSky for inventing this meme and keeping me sane through the last 8 weeks

Monday, 5 December 2016

Memorandum Monday - is kitchen sink day

We have had a busy weekend. We bought a little heater for the cellar, just to take the edge off the cold down there. It works a treat. That's a new thing. We also bought a new light fitting for the breakfast room - I still call it that even though it is really the dining part of the kitchen-diner. We also bought a doormat to go by the door in the cellar. This means that after a hard day digging my enormous (18 feet by 15 feet and mostly paved except for a flower bed) garden I won't track mud through the house. I am teasing a bit here because the doormat is an excellent idea to keep those little gritty stones from reaching my wooden stairs.
The new sink will go over in that corner
 My kitchen is long and narrow and tailored to my needs - mostly. The wall units all have a top shelf that I cannot reach and I was grumbling in my head about this until I thought
"My carers can worry about that!"
End of problemo!
No, they are not dancing just discussing next moves
 The glimpse of "my" builders is something very rare. I just love the way they discuss each step of the way. They talk quietly, map out the next moves and then just get on with it. As a long time watcher of people it has been a really fascinating experience for me to see a father and son so in tune with each other. Each contributing and each listening to the other.
Friday night the guys have gone home leaving temporary worktops
Now we can see the shape of things to come
 There will be a new floor. It will co-ordinate with the worktops which are a sandy-brown swirly colour much lighter than the brown you can see. That is actually the back of the boards that will go on the walls.
Monday will bring the real worktop and a sink that works
No more washing up in a bowl balanced on the toilet seat
As I write I can hear the jigsaw cutting and there is also a drill. They are going to put the shelves into the one larder unit today so I can start to fill them with the contents of the old larder - there will be a sink with hot and cold water, the electrics will be done AND food can go into the larder.
See that teeny tiny light in the distance? that's the end of the tunnel! Hurrah

My  thanks to Sian over at FromHighInTheSky for inventing this meme and keeping me writing even in the darkest part of this tunnel of work.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Me on Monday - Dry and Dark

There are no pictures. I had no electricity or water for most of the morning. For some reason the stress has captured me today. I can't do anything I want to do because......... I have no idea why not I just cannot settle to anything.
It seems that the moment the water is turned off your bladder is suddenly FULL and needs emptying and that's when you realise that the "for now" place for the new dishwasher (still in its packaging) is the doorway to the downstairs loo. This means going upstairs - again - to the bathroom and I just don't want to!!

Having the front door, the cellar door and the kitchen window all open at the same time meant that any vestige of heat in the house was gone with the howling wind. I took off the thin bodywarmer and put on the thick one, then I took that off and put the thin one on and then the thick one over the top. Seriously considered going back to bed but I just knew that there would be constant knocks on the door as I was consulted over something.

Now I am in the study, can't close the door because the innards of the new larder unit are leaning on it, my feet under the desk just inches from the radiator and the bettermaker quilt taucked around me to stave off the draught

The joys of refurbishment

My thanks to Sian over at FromHighInTheSky for inventing this meme and keeping me writing even in the most odd circumstances

Friday, 25 November 2016

I declare our house officially FULL!

The empty space where my kitchen will go. Note in the bottom left corner a cool box that is run on electricity this replaced the fridge that is now in the cellar and will be full of water and pop very soon

The same space after the delivery man had nearly finished. I had to put a plaster on his finger because he couldn't rip the packaging off it. "Were you a nurse?" he asked. "No I'm a mother, we can do these things" I replied. 

Looking along the hall from the breakfast room: note the end panels against the wall and lots of unidentified long boxes. Also note that I am quickly becoming fluent in kitchen-fitter speak

Looking at the same stuff from the study door. 

The worktops waiting to continue their journey upstairs to the back landing

The front room before the new fridge-freezer went in there. I can still just get in there to sit and elevate my legs and watch TV if I want to. It is rather claustrophobic though
So that was Friday. The guys will be back on Monday to finish the electrics and water downstairs and then they move the washing machine and the sink and the building of my new kitchen will start. I will be sorting and moving stuff on Sunday but tomorrow we are going out.