Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Arne's Vision

Poor old Arne was ill the day we were going out to choose a carpet. This was the weekend before last. So I went and came home with a few samples of carpets I thought he'd like. He chose one with orange and terracotta type colours.

I scanned the sample he chose and did a very quick bird's eye representation of his room on the computer, and Arne proceeded to pick his colours for the room. He was very clear from the start that he wanted a different colour on each wall. This was the final design he came up with.

Friday, 11 December 2009


Since we are going to put down a carpet in Arne's room, it seemed like a good idea to take this unique opportunity to treat the floor timbers for woodworm.

I pulled up every fourth floorboard and sprayed the timbers with woodworm killer wile Arne was at school, partly to spare him the worst of the fumes, and partly because I didn't fancy another lecture on woodworm rights.

I found out just how easy it is to take a step back and find there's no floor under your foot. Lucky all the ceilings are in such a bad state they all need replacing anyway, really.

The mess will take a bit of clearing up though.... Better get on with it now before Janine comes home. Maybe she won't notice the ceiling or take the p*ss out of me for the next three years. Maybe pigs will fly....

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Back to it

After getting sucked into the loft for nearly two weeks, I'm back in Arne's room. I've spent 2 days cleaning up and filling cracks and holes (of which there were many) to get to this stage....

....and today I got a coat of white emulsion on the whole room to prime the bare walls, so the Kerslake signature from October 1940 has been hidden again for someone to rediscover in the future. Arne has yet to choose what colour he wants the finished walls to be, so stay tuned!

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Stripe 2009

Its that time of year again! If you don't know what the big Stripe night is all about, you can check early December posts for previous years.

Me and J9 went as Reg and the Missis. J9 made a scary dirty old man.

Hello magazine could have scooped Reg dancing with Susan Boyle and having a pint with Rod Stewart, if they'd been there.

Matt came as the Marshmallow man from Ghostbusters.

Veggie Richard always comes up with something brilliant.

The Mister men were there too. Richard (our Richard) is Mr Messy on the left, Sally is Miss Bossy and Paula looks all tickled out as Mr Tickle on the right. Paula designed the costumes.

More for the celeb spotters, Rod Hull and Emu came back from the grave!

And the man himself,


Thursday, 3 December 2009

Done and Dusted.

Ten days ago, I thought it would take me about 2-3 days to sort the loft. Considering that the loft was just going off at a tangent in the first place (our plumbing problems was what got me up there initially, and things kind of spiraled from there) that's quite a lot of time spent inhaling black dust, contorting myself into the most confined spaces, itching all over from the rockwool and abusing my knees, back, neck and.... oooh! I don't know where I don't ache. Thank Zaruqarn that's done.