Monday, 6 October 2008

Tranquil? My Space? You've got to be kidding!

My space couldn't get any further away from tranquil if I tried. After accidentally ordering a huge sofa last weekend and realising we didn't have an actual room to put it in we decided it might be a good idea to go and order a carpet this weekend. Pete didn't enjoy this process one little bit as I got myself in a huge strop on as I HATE carpets, really hate them. For 15 years we have not had one downstairs and if it were up to me all the bedroom carpets would be ripped up too, the only reason they are still there is because Pete refuses to help me lay wooden floors if I do. So anyway he persuaded me that we should have a carpet in the Winter living room which does make some sense as it will make it warmer. I eventually found one that matched and I could put up with and it was ordered ready to be fitted next week giving us 3 whole weekend days to paint the room - no problem - easy job.

Yesterday after I finished emptying the room of my crap we had a great time pulling up the 15 year old laminate. This "fun" stopped the minute we pulled up the under lay and saw the state of the 100+ year old floor boards and joists which had damp, dry rot and woodworm damage - not actual wriggly things they are long gone. To cut a long story short this is what I got up to this morning

Living Room ....

Dining Room ....

Outside the back door...

The Winter Living Room .....
(the black on the wall isn't damp or mould it is the dust that was behind the computer table - eughhh)


I have to admit that I did panic briefly yesterday but then I made a call to our friend across the road who came across to see us. It took him about 5 minutes to measure up and tell us what we needed to order and what we needed to do and then this wonderful man, who happens to be a builder, offered to spend Wednesday here helping us to get a floor back again. He's even going to re plaster some walls for us - as I said a great guy which is one of the reasons we are going away with them next month for a few days.

So please forgive me if I can't take a "tranquil" picture today I will just have to resort to a cheat instead.

HS:MS - TRANQUIL


This is Beaver Pond, Algonquin, Canada. A totally beautiful place to visit and so, so tranquil.
*** Louise thanks for the tip about the picture size as you can see I have had a play with the Html ***

10 comments:

Diana said...

oh you poor darlink having to put up with all that stuff!
Lovely peaceful tranquil shot today.
Love Di

Bobs said...

Awww, Rach - I hate turmoil in the house, so my sympathies go out to you - BIG TIME. Hope it's all finished by Wednesday evening.

Love the Tranquil shot. :)

Karen said...

Oh, my goodness! Why is it that so often what starts out to be a simple project evolves into major renovation. You have my sympathy. Maybe you should hang your tranquil photo somewhere you can see it often during the next few days!

Mima said...

Rach I keep wondering how you have been getting on - I can't believe the floors though, thank goodness for your friend across the road!! I will be thinking of you this week as you try to get it all finished.

Euch to behind the desk - its those immovable pieces of furniture. My bookcases haven't moved since I first got here, and I dread to think what it looks like behind those!

Jenga said...

yikes!!!! So glad that's not me right now !!! LOL sorry (ducks for cover from flying floorboards!)

hugs xx

Chris T said...

Lovely tranquil shot but poor you. What a nightmare. It does seem to go with the territory as Karen said

Shannon said...

I knew you had a tranquil Canada shot in you! Oh, what a mess you have on your hands, hope it gets all sorted out soon!

Kerry said...

Oh dear. Hope now that it is wednesday you have the resemblance of a floor.

Sue Nicholson said...

Blimey, I am shattered just reading your post, and the tranquil at the end really didn't calm me down much at all!

I used to think that everyone else was living their life with a smile on their face as EVERYTHING they did went to plan; it was just us Nicholson's that hit snag after snag!

Would be so much easier wouldn't it, if plans were simply strightforward?

Good Luck. Speak soon. Sue ;-)

jamie (aka afro) said...

ohh, another resident of an old house!
my parent's house is 98 yrs old and we took up the carpet 2 yrs ago, its a bit chillier during the winter months, but the floors are soo beautiful and people really like them

hav a gud wknd
(found ur blog thru ur frin w/ ms blog)