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  1. Things have really broken down with the kitchen company. They are now over three weeks delayed (on a fit which was meant to take just two). They sent their workshop manager out to inspect things at the end of last week - his view was pretty damning, doesn’t seem like the fitter has done anything that he should have 😡 I’m sure we’ll get it all sorted but it definitely won’t be done before new year now. Grrrr... If only things indoors were going as well as outside, the builders have pretty much finished now, the resin floor got poured at the weekend and the last of the electrics have been done out there:
  2. I saw a woman obliterate her nose on a plate glass window in a local shopping centre a couple of ears ago - not pretty! will definitely look into these
  3. I’ve not come across distraction marks - what do they look like? They sound a very good idea if they don’t get in the way of the view too much
  4. Funny you should say that... while trying to fix a lighting issue yesterday, the electrician drilled through and alarm cable 😣
  5. More progress and more frustrations this week. The floor is all finished and looks amazing (though now it’s covered up again to stop all the other trades damaging it!). Most of the lighting is in, including our copper pendants (currently our shopping bag pendants!) But, and it’s a big BUT, the kitchen cabinet people continue to let us down. Progress has been really slow with their work and I’m just not confident any more that they’ll get things right I’ll be having a big unpleasant conversation in the morning to try and get some sort of plan from here... we shall see how it ends up. Better news is that outside is nearly done, the bbq area is almost complete, my Kamado Joe has been put in place so all we are waiting on is the final floor finish and the countertops out there. The really good good thing about getting used to cooking with no space is that it’s made me love ingredient bowls even more - they are now the only way I can prep food for a meal, no longer can I just chop things and dump them down: I have to plan! It’s getting to be a real slog but this next week or so should see things get better. If we’re lucky we might have kitchen countertops and a working rangetop by next Friday... if we’re lucky!
  6. &roid

    Breakfast! 2018

    Beautiful. Great technique 👍🏻
  7. I could have written this entire post 😂 ive treated myself to some DARTO pans as per the thread on here, otherwise we’ll have to see what Santa brings
  8. &roid

    Canned corned beef

    I’ve not had it in ages but have a bit of a soft spot for canned corned beef: Served cold, in cheap white bread sandwiches with Branston pickle is something I’ll always love. The other childhood memory I have of it is corned beef rissoles which my grandmother used to make - mashed potato, corned beef and onions; made into patties and fried in butter 😋
  9. I’d never heard that song before 😂 id cheerfully move in next door right now!
  10. They're basically a safety feature 😂
  11. Funnily enough, that’s exactly the plan! My other half has wanted a “birdwatching chair” for ages, one of the key parts of the brief for this extension was to give her somewhere to sit and have coffee while looking out into the garden.
  12. Its amazing to see - I’m so pleased we went all out on it. It’s been such an up and down day but I can’t wait to go down tomorrow morning and actually see daylight.
  13. Two steps forward, one step back with this update. Today was a pretty momentous day as the glass has finally been fitted. It was pretty hair raising watching them manoeuvre the two panels into place but everything went to plan and we are finally fully watertight. (forgive the mucky glass!) in other good news, the rangetop has arrived: and the floor is going down: But, unfortunately, more delays to the kitchen cabinets mean that we won’t be in in time for our party ☹️ The kitchen people have made yet another mistake with some of the new cabinets so we are looking at not being fully complete until the new year. Very, very frustrating but there’s not much to be done about it, we’ll just have to grin and bear it.
  14. &roid

    DARTO pans

    I’ve had plenty of bad experiences with Drop it, Hide it, Lose it 😨 hope you get your pans soon, Rotuts
  15. A little light at the end of the tunnel, we should be getting the glass fitted on Saturday and the floor starts getting laid tomorrow. Also, the Wolf rangetop has arrived in the country early so should be with us on Monday 🤤 Fingers crossed this will all be over and done with soon and I can get back to cooking! A bit more of the kitchen furniture has gone in, we’re starting to lay out the TV area and we finally have most of the lights in (nice neat job of the lighting control units by our electrician deserves a pic):