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Well I'm still trying to get this flippin' kitchen painted before the warm weather reaches us.  I noticed we were the coolest place south of Scotland today.. at a mere 20c and with a keenish edge to the breeze.  But, I was mostly indoors painting.  It's not as if it's a big kitchen.. but rather than just 'hoik' everything out and do it in one big sesh.. I decided to do it in stages.  So Thursday I did the ceiling and all areas above the cupboards.  3 coats onto new plaster., Carefully removing the ceiling spots  without pulling the ceilng down..which is better than trying to paint round them etc..  Why do the makers think those lights need springs strong enough for Man Traps?  They need to stay up is all..  Overall though.. Thursday went well.

 

So did yesterday.. three coats around the window, quite a bit of masking, with Frog Tape, ..because I'm worth it.. but straightforward....

 

So.. today.  On the face of it the easiest bit. Plain walls either side of a corner.  Just a small radiator in he way....

 

I knew I was running out of white emulsion.. so down to the famous 'Eric Slinn's.. for more.  Always a gag at quizzes in these parts.  " Who painted the Mona Lisa?  Chorus of " Eric Slinn!!!!"

While there, I showed the 'Sales Executive', a photo of the rather nice blue crystals in the 'Blue Pearl ' granite worktops wot we got with the new kitchen.'''..

 

"I'm thinking of maybe a blue-ish paint of the correct 'tone' to 'pick up' on this?"  Quoth I...

 

" Yep.. that's blue that is.." quoth he..................

 

I can't find a Tumbleweed Emoticon....................

 

.....................So... back home and getting ready.  Move the fridge freezer and notice that the plasterer who did a fab job everywhere else.. left this a bit rough.  Even big holes around the socket for the fridge. .. OK , get the filler out..  Same round a door frame etc.  So, get the 'Decorator's Caulk' out and that's another hour gone.

 

All ready to paint.  Radiator Roller.. 'Check', Cutting in Brush, 'Check', main roller.. 'Check'.  Open paint tin  'Ouch'.  Managed to slip with the tin opening scraper and stabbed myself in the thumb.  Blood everywhere. So.. Elastoplast and a bit of choice language..

 

Right.. last of the old paint...  'There's a good litre in there.. might even finish without opening the new..... Ohh Sh***  It's full of bits..' 

 

Right.  clean all the tools off, and the paint tray, and start again with the new stuff.....

 

But.. It's not been thinned at all,.  So I guess at a bit of thinning for the small amount needed for the bit of wall I'm doing and get it wrong.  Way too thick, but by now I'm past caring.  I force the paint onto the wall.. " You WILL stick and you WILL cover!!!  I have spoken!!!!

 

Daughter and Grandkids turn up.. always welcome.. but I'm up to my eyes in paint, filler, dust, etc.. blah blah..

 

The 'too thick' paint takes 'too long' to dry.. but I'm patient.. ( Or is it just defeated and resigned...'?)

 

I decide to thin the paint in the tin.  Add as much water as I can get in, then stir.. for about 45 minutes.. until all of the water is thoroughly mixed in.... 

 

But.. not until I have spent 20 minutes in the garage finding a bit of wood for stirring and ended up cutting a bit specially.. from an old floorboard..  using a hammer and a bolster chisel because I can't be a**** reaching for a saw.. and anyway.. I'd need to get my sawbench out and... Oh! Sod it!!  And I hit my other thumb...

 

...and got a splinter...

 

It occurs to me that the day seems to be developing a pattern.............

 

Have to let the Grandkids and Co. go without going out to their car and playing the usual 'hide and seek', because I am ready for the last assault on this ridiculously 'Everest like' bit of D.I.Y.

 

Finally.. final coat on....

 

Close paint tin.  Wash all tools..

 

No.. there's no punch line.. What do you think I am?.. Superhuman?

 

 

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It's not often I put personal stuff on here so here goes, a few years ago I found a woman daft enough who would marry me , some of you have met Margaret at some of the meet ups and yesterday was the d

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P.S. Going to the 'North West Audio Show' tomorrow, at Cranage Hall. not too far from Holmes Chapel.  In Cheshire.. don'tcha know.. 

 

A regular 'Geekfest'.

 

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Col, wouldn't it be easier to employ a general handyman/Jack of all trades instead of doing it yourself?

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It's not often I put personal stuff on here so here goes, a few years ago I found a woman daft enough who would marry me , some of you have met Margaret at some of the meet ups and yesterday was the day we tied the knot. We were married at Arnold Hill park (registry office) and had a brilliant reception at Papplewick Village hall. The day went very well and I would like to thank all of those that sent me personal messages of congratulations.

Dennis.

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Congrats Den. Well done !

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Congratulations Denshaw all the best for a long and happy life together

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Already wished you congratulations Den and Margaret and hope you have a long and happy life together. Love the FB pics, it certainly looks a wonderful day.  

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14 hours ago, MargieH said:

Col, wouldn't it be easier to employ a general handyman/Jack of all trades instead of doing it yourself?

 

What?  ..and miss all the fun?  :)

 

Seriously Margie I can''t help myself. I'm reasonably competent but no tradesman, and I just feel like it's my 'duty' to do it.  ( I blame Grandad Jack.. with his Military Medal and everything, telling me 'If a job's worth doing.. it's worth doing well'..  And his gigantic sense of 'duty'.. for which you could read 'obligation'..)

 

I have a plan.  A few things which need sorting. partly by me, bits by others.  When that's all done, I'll call it a day. Everything should then be good for ten more years. Whether I will is a moot point.

 

Col

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4 hours ago, denshaw said:

It's not often I put personal stuff on here so here goes, a few years ago I found a woman daft enough who would marry me , some of you have met Margaret at some of the meet ups and yesterday was the day we tied the knot. We were married at Arnold Hill park (registry office) and had a brilliant reception at Papplewick Village hall. The day went very well and I would like to thank all of those that sent me personal messages of congratulations.

Dennis.

 

Congratuations to you both Den.    I wish you a long and happy life together.

 

Col

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The North West Hi Fi Show at Cranage Hall in Cheshire today (Sun)  was a real pleasure.  For a start it's a really nice venue, and especially so in the current weather. Went there today ( Sunday) with a friend.  If you've never been to such an event..

Whole hotel taken over by the Audio Industry.  Corridors etc., mostly filled with 'accessory' people, selling things like record cleaning machines, mains conditioners, equipment stands, fancy wires and of course vinyl records and the like. Conference rooms etc., filled by various audio companies flogging their wares... speakers.. record players. digital stuff.. complete systems.  Little tiny solid state amplifiers, bloody great valve amplifiers.. tiny 'speakers', to huge great boxes I couldn't get through my front door. Prices from a complete system for a few hundred quid ( and way better than anything you'd get from Curry's..)  to a record player at £40k +, or a pair of speakers for upwards of £30k. And mostly, if not all British designed and made.

 

Some stuff was sounding magnificent.  Some was dire.  I'd be ashamed if I was showing it and I've heard better sound from an iPhone.

 

All that said I spoke to one of the young girls assigned to 'ushering' , I asked her how she felt  about dealiing with a hotel filled with about 5000  ageing, fat beardy blokes all babbling on about audio kit.  She surprised me.

 

'I like it.'  'You are all very polite and you have stuff here I've never heard, or even dreamed of.. I thought 'hi fi' just meant stuff from Curry's or Dixon's but there's stuff here that's amazing'.

 

Another convert to audio lunacy.. ;)

 

Col

 

 

 

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Another great day with the open garden. The director of the County Showground visited and I am invited to display the cider making machinery and press at the next County show :biggrin:

 

There was a village vintage car show too. My mates provided a Jap engined 3 wheeler Morgan, a mk2 LR, a 1960 Bently, a 1930' s Lanchester and a very rare 1920's open top Citroen that was actually made in the UK! and an ex WW2 Jeep that served on Omaha beach. There were the usual MG's and other stuff. Amazing what is kicking around in our village.

 

The organiser of the open gardens invited all participants to a garden party afterwards. Loads of drinks and a privately hired fish and chip van provided food. We also had a fly past! A hot air balloon passed directly over the garden and we all waved at each other. Looked a bit dangerous as it approached with flame on full blast and only clearing the house chimney by 10 feet :Shock:  

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12 hours ago, denshaw said:

It's not often I put personal stuff on here so here goes, a few years ago I found a woman daft enough who would marry me , some of you have met Margaret at some of the meet ups and yesterday was the day we tied the knot. We were married at Arnold Hill park (registry office) and had a brilliant reception at Papplewick Village hall. The day went very well and I would like to thank all of those that sent me personal messages of congratulations.

Dennis.

All the very best both of you. 

You didn't want a wedding car then?

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3 minutes ago, siddha said:

All the very best both of you. 

You didn't want a wedding car then?

 

Thanks for the offer Siddha, maybe next time. We had a great day, all the family helped out, cake maker, chauffeur, room decorator, music provider, MC, quiz party game organiser and many other helpers.

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Panicking today. My younger sister is visiting tomorrow for her 59th birthday and I have still not fitted the marzipan to the cake - what's the betting the icing doesn't have time to set :Fool:

 

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It used to be possible to buy prepacked fondant icing which you roll out like pastry. Is that still around? It sets and forms a thin crispy crust in quite a short time.

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