What I'm doing, listening to and thinking

Plumbers and electricians have been in since the Easter holidays. I think  this is the bit where it looks worse, before it gets better!



So, still working on the en suite and it’s starting to take shape. We can see now how it is going to look. Foundations for stud wall is in and we can see where the appliances are going to go.

Still can’t decide on the funky wallpaper for the bedroom though.

But look at the fabrics for the blind (top) and cushions ….


So, the skip is in the garden and the chippies are here to to strip out!

At the end of Day 1 – Goodbye en suite

After biting the bullet and having our kitchen and downstairs decorated, using the wonderful Emma Dweck for guidance and project management. The state of our bedroom and the en suite just got too much!

The original en suite was added by the previous owners and they failed to put proper/any ventilation in! Consequently, we were constantly using the mould cleaner – yeuch. Our bedroom blind was also showing its age and we still hadn’t finished laying the floor from over 12 years ago ……..

So, work is now underway to transform our sleeping space.

Almost ashamed to show you the state of the “old” bedroom but here it is, before work starts tomorrow.

So, the (unmade) bed that will soon have a funky feature wall behind it!


And fancy new bedside cabinets and lights. The built-in wardrobe will be painted and have new handles.


Look at this horrible blind, that doesn’t even fit in the window space.


So, view from the bed. Cheap IKEA chest of drawers and books, books, books ….


Just a pause here to bear in mind that this was mid sort out, so not always this untidy 🙂

And now to the ensuite:


Tiny shower cubicle and mouldy cupboard.

Toilet and messy clothes.

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First Gig of 2016

We were in Bristol the day after.



Who, in 2015, lives in a kitchen like this?

I hang my head in shame …..

But, who now lives in a kitchen like this?


With shiny tiles like this?


Oh yes, that must be US 🙂


Well, I have always been a bit of a #fangirl! Once I get a “thing”about someone, that’s it. Full on. If it’s a music, all their records, an author, all their books, you know how it is!

So, when I saw that Mary Portas was speaking at the Oxford Literary Festival, I knew I would like to go along. Ah, and who better than my friend, Louise, who is a budding author herself and a regular at the OLF. We got the LAST TWO TICKETS!

Arriving early and having a coffee, Louise talked about previous literary festivals she has been to and how sometimes the authors talked and other times they were ‘interviewed’. Her preference was for ‘talking’. However here, Mary was interviewed and I think it somehow took away from the experience as the interviewer wanted to talk about her as “Mary Queen of Shops” rather than asking her about her book, her childhood, whether there was going to be Volume 2 and 3. Also very little time for audience questions.

But Mary herself was delightful, just how you would imagine her to be from her TV programmes. When she said to the interviewer “Can’t we just get back to to the book?”, in that way she does trying to get the shop owners back on track in her TV programmes, the audience definitely took in an intake of breath :).

It was great, I loved it. She signed my copy of Shop Girl and posed for a pic.

I am also going to become a fangirl of Literary Festivals.