Friday, 28 January 2022
The house build is coming along well. The chaps have stepped up their work and it look like the kitchen will start to be put in place in a couple of weeks.
This week the guys have plaster boarded the whole kitchen and over the last two days the plasterers have blitzed the whole are. They've started work on the back wall and stairs to the garden and next week they should start putting in the floor.
We're still waiting on radiators to arrive and the main event (juke box) but all is going to plan. That is if you exclude the budget going £50k over our original £150k that we took out of the mortgage. The actual initial build hasn't gone up my more than a few grand but we've added in a renovated bathroom, new boiler and shifted the washer and dryer upstairs too.
We're in the process of getting an additional extension to the mortgage which in normal circumstances would have breezed through, but the umbrella company i'm forced to use through IR35 rulings has been cyber attached and they're unable to give the extra detail the mortgage provider needs to process our application. I have no doubt it'll all sort out in the end but am getting frustrated with the company, especially as i'm only using them as they're affiliated with my accountancy firm. Incidentally they've been fucked too.
She certainly is my daughter
My name is Stuart Clark and I have a problem
I can't stop pre ordering dice from kickstarter.
I currently have on the go with a total price of something north of £200. I've currently got a new weekly game that i'm enjoying but it certainly doesn't justify the addiction. I'd love to play more an actually use them but circumstances are what hey are.
In the mean time I look forward to receiving
- Some round dice
- Dice with dragon's eyes in them
- Dice that light up
- And some Cthulhu themed dice that comes with a plush Cthulhu toy. Who should I give it to? Florence has a green one already and Arthur as a Rainbow one the Florence secretly coverts.
Monday, 17 January 2022
Grand parent visit
We went back to see my Dad on Sunday. Probably the last time for a while. It's a bit of a chore doing 4h of driving only to be able to stay there for 2h. Once the house is done we'll have to make them head here. There's plenty of room once we've cleared away all the boxes and shit moved out of the kitchen and play room.
Steve's popping over tomorrow afternoon and will work in my office for a bit before a night out in Tonbridge, i'm missing my D&D session for that. I hope he appreciates it!
Wednesday, 12 January 2022
More house renovation photos
We spoke to the electrician this morning about where we want lights and electric power points. I'm slowly starting to visualise what the space will look like once it's all finished.
Tuesday, 11 January 2022
Time lapse from my office
I was hoping to see a squirrel, no luck.
Textbook Rayburn removal
Our builders are due to start knocking down the final wall from in the extension rebuild later this week so needed our old decommissioned Rayburn boiler out of the way. April did some digging and found a reputable company that would take it away for a fee of £375. These scrap dealers did it the same day for free!
Thursday, 6 January 2022
Blog post update
Here are some photos from Flo's first day
Lovely walk this morning
If a little bit fresh...
The added benefit is that Arwen doesn't get covered in mud due to the frozen ground.
Wednesday, 5 January 2022
Flo's first day
First day at her new school today. She's still at the nursery level, reception starts in September. She's very excited though. Let's hope she has lots of fun and meets some new friends.
Tuesday, 4 January 2022
What makes Dad laugh...