Well, the sun is out here on the banks of the Humber, the birds are busy building their own homes just like us – they are probably a lot greener but we are doing our best. We have made a good start on renovating the top of the house – roof and new Velux fitted by the great team at Acorn Building and Roofing. The roof slates have been ‘re-cycled’ as part of the hard landscaping in our front garden and my Mum has been busy sending off for every free or relatively cheap offer on plants that she can – well done, Mother. We now have patio roses, tomato plants, several types of Blueberry plants and some fruit trees. I am thinking of making her an honorary allotment member (minus the digging, weeding, watering and cultivating!), as she has been so enthusiastic about our newly burgeoning gardening interests.
As you can see from the photo diary posts we have made a good start on the top of the house by completing the sewing room. This has already been battened, insulated and plaster-boarded by Chris then skimmed by Martin. As it is going to be a practical hobby room as well as an occasional guest room for our delightful grandchildren, it was vital to have sufficient sockets, so Chris re-wired and fitted five double sockets in convenient places and also fitted a wall light near the bunk-bed. Having finished painting and papering we were delighted to find that Barton Carpets and Vinyls in Falkland Way could supply and fit a new carpet within thirty six hours – what service. So by Wednesday 25th March we had our first room finished!
The grandchildren were all thrilled and are now waiting for the first sleepover – all very disappointed that we had social events that required us being away from home thus postponing the first overnighter at Gran and Grandad’s. I have added some of the ‘green’ initiatives that we have incorporated as part of this project, the re-cycling and re-purposing of items, the sale goods, the bartering and bargaining, the making and re-inventing of fabrics, the lucky finds in charity shops and the use of second-hand buying and selling sites like Pre-loved, Gumtree and e-Bay – check them all out regularly as they are a great source of useful and cheap buys.