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We've added an extra chart showing Louis' weight against how many weeks old; makes it easier to read and compare.

Some interesting Linnaean dog terminology.

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30 Sep

Plumb Tired Out

The bathroom is almost finished. Just a few bits of trim here and there. Everything seems to be working and I’ve enjoyed a relaxing bath and christened the throne. I fitted the shower screen last night so, after tonight’s job of fitting three mirrored cabinets, I took a shower. Really powerful and very good so I’m pleased about that.

I hope the plumbing doesn’t leak or the thermostatic valve fail as it’s basically a bathroom out job to get to the relevant parts.

Here’s a pic of the finished bath and shower and it should contrast well with the earlier blog showing the room a week or so ago.

The finished article

The finished article

The good news is that Sue can move her gear back into the bathroom now and I get my throne room back. I’m back to my room just having soap, toothpaste, anti-smell, shampoo and bog roll in it rather than dozens of perfumes, ointments, creams, lotions and some such stuff.

21 Sep

One year on…

Louis was on parade again today at the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Of Great Britain Championship show. He came second in his class which we’re very pleased about.

He’s asleep in his den at the moment whilst I’m enjoying a cold beer and watching one of my favourite movies, The Quiet Man. It’s been another long day in the bathroom but progress is good. The shower outlet is done. I’d tested the hot and cold inlets yesterday so had to plumb the outlet this morning after heading out to buy a sealing washer. The plasterboard is on and the wallpaper on the other side is now off, along with the radiator.

Tomorrow is tiling day. Should be fun.

20 Sep

Bathroom – week 2…

I’m slowly getting on with the work in the bathroom. The walls are plastered and the partition around the soil stack has been taken down and rebuilt about 25mm further back so the bath can fit snugly.

Today the old faithful throne and basin came out and I fitted the thermostatic shower valve and plumbed it in. I tested it and it seems to work. The piping is not pretty but, for the most, it’s straight and stress free; see the piccie below.

The shower on test

The shower on test

Tomorrow I’ll hopefully get the plasterboard up and the other walls ready for tiling. Who knows, might even get a few tiles on the wall!

19 Sep

Training and playing

We are having such a good time training for Louis’ Silver Good Canine Citizen Award. I can wholeheartedly recommend Knutsford training centre where we go. No choke chains, no shouting, no forcing; all the dogs have a wonderful time, it’s like one big play session.

We put all the training into practice when we go out and about and I love it when people come and pat him and say what a lovely boy he is.

We are looking forward to seeing the babies at the G. B. Club Show this weekend. Sue, Sassy, Jan, Zuri and last but not least Chris and Bertie.

For Sue, thanks for the guestbook message. I had absolutely nothing to do with setting this web site up, it was my far better half, Andy. Andy is the brain in this family*, he allows me on to blog and pick pictures from time to time.

*Comment by Andy – not a lot of competition in the brain stakes; a mawking cat, a daft hound and……