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The plumber turned up out of the blue to do some final checks and fill in some paperwork and apparently the whole caboodle is kaput in some mysterious fashion relating to the number 8.
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No water in the taps*.

Oh well! I suppose we shall just have to drink wine.

*Effecting whole street. Burst water main. United Utilities aware of and working on the problem.

Grrrrrr

Jun. 8th, 2011 02:00 pm
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Roofers Due: 1st Jan
Roofers Arrive: 23rd May
Head Roofer Goes on Holiday: 1st June
Remaining Roofer: Not seen since
Massive Thunderstorm: Today
Roof: Leaks
New Paintwork: Damaged

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/44482.html.

Grrrrrr

Jun. 8th, 2011 02:00 pm
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Roofers Due: 1st Jan
Roofers Arrive: 23rd May
Head Roofer Goes on Holiday: 1st June
Remaining Roofer: Not seen since
Massive Thunderstorm: Today
Roof: Leaks
New Paintwork: Damaged
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Good: Eastercon
Bad: Getting behind on multiple fronts
Ugly: Arriving home to find the breaker had tripped in the kitchen and the fridge and freezer had warmed up to room temperature

The Fortunate: Freezer recently defrosted, no meat in fridge.

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/40449.html.
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Good: Eastercon
Bad: Getting behind on multiple fronts
Ugly: Arriving home to find the breaker had tripped in the kitchen and the fridge and freezer had warmed up to room temperature

The Fortunate: Freezer recently defrosted, no meat in fridge.

Magnolia

Apr. 12th, 2011 07:49 pm
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Every year I intend to photograph the magnolia in our front garden during the week it is in bloom and then, one way or another, I miss it because it has come and gone so fast.

However! )

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Magnolia

Apr. 12th, 2011 07:49 pm
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Every year I intend to photograph the magnolia in our front garden during the week it is in bloom and then, one way or another, I miss it because it has come and gone so fast.

However! )
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Having, in a fit or organisational enthusiasm, purchased 40 rolls of sheep's wool insulation I spent most of last weekend installing it in the cellar.

I should perhaps explain that we have a cellar under about half the house that raises that section about three feet off the ground. The cellar was clearly intended to be ventilated by several large grills. Some previous occupant of the house placed windows in front of these, thus causing a damp problem and the presence of a rather large I-beam holding up some of our joists. Almost the first thing we did on entering the house was to open said windows and observed the humidity in the cellar drop dramatically with, it must be said, a certain smug satisfaction.

Almost the second thing we did was rip up the remaining carpet on the ground floor. Sometime later we got the floor sanded. We have lovely floorboards but when a light is on in the cellar you can clearly see it shining up in the gaps between them. This winter we observed a startling temperature gradient from floor to about knee height as the chill wind blew through the cellar and up between the floor boards.

Hence the sheep's wool insulation plan.

We used some sheep's wool insulation in part of the roof. One of its advantages is that it is much nicer to handle than regular insulation - although I still used gloves in the cellar (in the loft I was also removing the remains of traditional insuluation so I was in gloves and breathing mask and the works). One of the disadvantages of sheep's wool insulation is that it smells of, well, sheep. The stuff in roof didn't really smell that much, thus lulling us into a false sense of security. For the past week our ground floor has been filled with the delicate* aroma of damp sheep. We are hoping that this will reduce over time. Otherwise I suspect our choices are between acquiring a sudden and intense interest in scented candles and their brethren or sacrificing 600 pounds worth of insulation and the prospect of warm feet this winter.

* read strong and pungent

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/12687.html.
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Having, in a fit or organisational enthusiasm, purchased 40 rolls of sheep's wool insulation I spent most of last weekend installing it in the cellar.

I should perhaps explain that we have a cellar under about half the house that raises that section about three feet off the ground. The cellar was clearly intended to be ventilated by several large grills. Some previous occupant of the house placed windows in front of these, thus causing a damp problem and the presence of a rather large I-beam holding up some of our joists. Almost the first thing we did on entering the house was to open said windows and observed the humidity in the cellar drop dramatically with, it must be said, a certain smug satisfaction.

Almost the second thing we did was rip up the remaining carpet on the ground floor. Sometime later we got the floor sanded. We have lovely floorboards but when a light is on in the cellar you can clearly see it shining up in the gaps between them. This winter we observed a startling temperature gradient from floor to about knee height as the chill wind blew through the cellar and up between the floor boards.

Hence the sheep's wool insulation plan.

We used some sheep's wool insulation in part of the roof. One of its advantages is that it is much nicer to handle than regular insulation - although I still used gloves in the cellar (in the loft I was also removing the remains of traditional insuluation so I was in gloves and breathing mask and the works). One of the disadvantages of sheep's wool insulation is that it smells of, well, sheep. The stuff in roof didn't really smell that much, thus lulling us into a false sense of security. For the past week our ground floor has been filled with the delicate* aroma of damp sheep. We are hoping that this will reduce over time. Otherwise I suspect our choices are between acquiring a sudden and intense interest in scented candles and their brethren or sacrificing 600 pounds worth of insulation and the prospect of warm feet this winter.

* read strong and pungent
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Consider the, entirely hypothetical, situation in which you have persuaded your wife, partner or other interested party to enter your attic to put into practice a theory of yours involving sheep's wool insulation and solving a leaky roof. You have persuaded them to do this on the, not unreasonable, grounds that they are smaller than you are and will have less trouble moving around up there.

They are now trying to get out of the attic. Recall that this is a short person. Getting out of the attic therefore involves dangling from a hole in the cieling and gradually edging themselves further and further out while you guide their feet to the top of the ladder.

I would like to suggest that, in this hypothetical situation, the observation "this would be a lot easier if you did more press ups" is not, perhaps, as encouraging as it sounded in your head.

How come

Aug. 3rd, 2008 08:15 pm
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... the roof mostly only leaks when B. isn't here?
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I was about to Freecycle the greenhouse. It looks like I will now have to wait a bit.
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We have, for many years, made do perfectly well with a succession of tables that seat 6 people. When our roleplaying group consisted of two childless couples and one single man this was more than sufficient to feed the group round. These days roleplaying consists of three couples with, between us four children who come along for the ride. We end up feeding the kids, putting them to bed and feeding the adults - start of roleplaying thus delayed.

Now, thanks to some family politics I'm not examining too closely, we have "borrowed" my SiL's large dining table which I reckon will seat 12 at a squish. It needs sanding and revarnishing at some point in the future but even so I keep going into the kitchen and stroking it.

Earthquake

Feb. 27th, 2008 09:06 am
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We were woken up by the Earthquake this morning. I've never been in an earthquake before. There was one in Nottingham when we were there which I didn't notice (I forget if I slept through it or if I was away that day). Having never experienced an earthquake I was therefore more confused than anything else to be awoken by the house shaking. The sensation felt vaguely familiar (the Today program joined the dots for me this morning by noting it felt like a train going past - I grew up in a house that shook every time a goods train went past, even though we were too far from the track to hear anything) and in my confused half waking state I think I actually thought the house was moving by itself. I'm glad I didn't have the time to follow that train of thought down the - we're sleeping over the bit without foundations - remember that floor joist that crumbled because of wet rot? - in the outrigger - which next door no longer has because their one fell down - path.

"What was that?" I asked when it stopped.

"Probably an earthquake."

Oooh, excitement.

PS. I'm not surprised [livejournal.com profile] ladyofastolat didn't feel it. According to the Today program it was felt "as far away as Southampton"...
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You may recall that the plan was that we would both take this week off and lay the kitchen floor. I have just spent most of today, alone, trying increasingly desperate measures to remove the last vestiges of vinyl tiles from the kitchen floor - paint stripper appears to be doing the trick.

If you are interested in finding out why Louise will not have a kitchen floor by Summerfest then you may consult the following places:


  • BBC Worldwide and Radio 5 Live: Running the story from midnight apparently.

  • The Today Programme (approx 6.50am): B. is quite worried about this one, in addition to an entirely understandable fear of John Humphries, he's been told that the Dean listens to the Today Programme.

  • Probably any BBC Television News apart from the 10 O'Clock (i.e., Breakfast News, 1pm or 6pm)

  • The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent



That's not counting miscellaneous local radio shows. The New Scientist, "somewhere in Germany" and "some paper in Sydney Australia" are also "thinking about it".

The story itself is under media embargo until midnight (which makes it sound terribly exciting) but I'm probably not giving too much away if I hint that its to do with dinosaurs.

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