08 September 2011
Ever had that feeling like getting up and going to work was the best thing ever invented? Yep, me too. This week has been welcome relief from the joys of a week off on holiday with two kids and a wife with an axe to grind...
Yes, I suppose I should have just enjoyed a week sitting by the pool and making the most of the organised activities for the kids. But relaxation was hardly the word for it. For one thing the weather was chilly to say the least and rain featured pretty heavily. The indoor pool was teaming with feral children and the smell of chlorine was enough to give you migraines.
So I spent much of my day sitting by the bar. This did not go down too well with the Missus who felt that holidays are family time and that I should be doing outings and watching them splash about in the pool. She put me in the doghouse for the whole week and it was torture.
However I did redeem myself on the last night when I arranged a babysitter and took her out for a nice meal. I wish I had thought of that earlier on and it might have been a nicer week for everyone!
As predicted, I couldn't wait to do a little DIY when I got back. While I was “sunning” myself by the pool, I was thinking about how our front garden could do with a little fence. We often get people just walking across the grass, not realising that it belongs to the house. Before we moved in there was a hedge, but I tore that down as I hated having to trim it all the time.
So over the last weekend I headed to the DIY store and got some posts and lengths of wood. Nothing too fancy, but I built a small picket type fence which I will be painting next weekend. Now if someone wants to walk on our lawn they will have to step over it. I would like to see them try!
It is harder work than I remember getting the posts in the ground. Even though these were fairly small and only had to hold up a small fence, I still wished I had a proper fence post hole digger. I even took the time to concrete each post in place. That fence “aint going nowhere” as Tommy Walsh would say!
This week I have started a new kitchen. This one is quite flash and the clients are spending some serious money on it. They are having large black polished tiles on the floor and glass splash-backs. The worktop is being done by a specialist company and will be recycled glass.
It is easy for me as the splash back and the worktop are done by another company. I am estimating they must be spending in excess of £10,000. Alright for some... the rest of us just have to build it!
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