Houses look better with balloons

This blog is called “Well I guess this is growing up” so it would be rude of me not to mention my birthday! Especially since I am now in my *gulp* mid-20s. And because it was my first birthday in the house. (Sorry if I get annoying with this phrase. I imagine over the next year, I’ll be doing the first of everything in the

What a difference a month makes


It took us one whole month from getting the keys to the house, to making it decent enough to live in. Joe took some pictures of the house just before we had the keys, and here are some updated images now that we have got our stuff in, so you can see how much it has come along (and how much we still have to

The final countdown: Part 5

Today is Tuesday – 1 day before we have to be out of the flat – and the last few days have been manic. Moreso for Joe who has had the time off work to continue with the big move. But I’ve found it really stressful anyway, waiting from afar to hear any news, to hear how things are getting on. I’m a bit of a stresshead by

The final countdown: Part 2

Wednesday We have arranged for plasterers to re-do the lounge, which will take all of Wednesday and Thursday. In preparation for this, Joe bricked up the fire we no longer want on Tuesday. But beforehand, we thought it would be a good idea to leave a note behind the bricks, so that if anyone ever finds it in the future, we could say hello. If

The final countdown: Part 1

This time next week we need to be fully moved into the house, as our lease on the flat ends. We will actually have to start living at the house. Scary stuff. Especially when we still don’t have a kitchen, bathroom, or any flooring. But I suppose that’s half the fun eh? Note to self: Keep up with the optimism. You are a lucky bunny to be

We caved for central heating. Tropical house warming party anyone?

I can’t believe how quickly everything is coming along. The central heating is being installed this week and I am certainly not suprised that a lot of houses in our area haven’t got around to doing it themselves. 1. It’s expensive. 2. It’s bloody messy! 3. If you’re already decorated, you’d have to start over. Luckily our house is a shell and we bought it

Skim skimskeroo

Although the house is practically falling apart (mostly our doing to be honest. Sledgehammers are just far too fun) the walls are suprisingly in pretty good shape. Of course there is wear and tear around the place, which is to be expected when it hasn’t been touched in 70 odd years and we will touch up before we move in. But in the main bedroom,

Mum’s the word

I was lucky enough to get 2 days off work this week (Thursday & Friday) to get some more done on the house. My mum (Angela) came to see the house for the first time and to lend a hand. It was so nice to see her and even better to put her to work! I remember when I was young and my mum would

What bank holidays are made of…

I’ve always been aware that bank holidays are big for DIY and getting good deals (HURRY, SALE ENDS MONDAY. GET IT NOW OR DIE A MISERABLE DEATH FROM REGRET). But I’ve never really been a part of that because I’ve always lived with my parents in a finished house, in student accomodation or in a rented apartment. So the past few years, whenever I hear