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Tuesday
28 Jul
2009

Kitchen decorators in action

I’ve been busy in the kitchen getting ready for the delivery in August. Whilst I’ve been locked away plastering, filling, sanding, wallpapering etc Sue has been keeping Louis occupied.

I thought I’d post a pic of this joint activity in action. I’m not sure what part of Louis’s training this forms but if she’s teaching him to nap then he’s doing well.

Full speed ahead with the kitchen decorating

Full speed ahead with the kitchen decorating

Actually now it’s Sue’s turn to do some decorating as she’s in charge of painting. She’s the artistic director and chooses all the colours.

Thursday
23 Jul
2009

Louis’ latest trick

Since we overdosed poor Louis’ pancreas with duck we’re mindful of him suffering from a tummy upset if he eats something that disagrees with him.

Usually if his tummy is out of sorts Louis wakes me by whimpering at the bottom of the stairs. I wake up pretty quickly and stagger downstairs to let him out. He quickly races out to eat some grass and you can usually hear his stomach griping.

However Boy Wonder Hound has sussed out that whimpering results in the arrival of a playmate so the past few days he has been behaving like a puppy. He whimpers and wakes you up. You stumble downstairs, open the patio door to let him out to eat grass and he just picks up a toy to drop at your feet and gives you that “play time” look.

I’m a lighter sleeper than Sue and have fallen for this trick a few times. This morning I resolved to ignore the furry boy but Sue succumbed. What did Louis do? Pick up a toy and demand playtime attention.

Wednesday
15 Jul
2009

Kitchen Update

Non-stop in the kitchen. It’s now ordered and (despite a last minute hiccup today with a layout change) should be with us 11th August. We chose Magnet in the end, very good sales guy plus over half price off sale!

The old wallpaper was an absolute pain to get off but it’s all done now. Lots of re-plastering and levelling the sill heights for the two windows (2cm difference – thank you to whoever did the kitchen extension donkey’s years ago!).

Here’s a pic of the wall with the tiles off; with a bit of patching already done as the tiles took off quite a bit of plaster.

Kitchen minus 20 year old tiles

Kitchen minus 20 year old tiles

And this is after I’d re-plastered the tile-damaged walls. It doesn’t look too bad in the photo and it’s okay for the job in hand:- re-tiling and hanging cupboards etc but I do wish I could plaster like the professionals. The two walls took me a full day – I think it would have actually taken just a couple of hours of work for someone who knows what they are doing.

Kitchen post plastering

Kitchen post plastering

Sanding down to finish off tomorrow followed by sugar soaping and the start of decorating proper.

With the bathroom last year this is the second major project in less than twelve months!

Sue’s been a huge help by making sure that Louis snoozes through all the work, she leads by example!

Thursday
09 Jul
2009

Tempus Fugit

Time is flying by. Louis has been stealing strawberries again. Actually the strawberries are late this year as I just checked last year’s post and when he stole them was at the end of June.

Louis nibbled strawberry

Louis nibbled strawberry

Half the problem with the strawberries is that they are at Louis’ nose level so he gets to know when they are ripe in advance of us two-legged tall ones.

He’s not stolen anything else recently but that’s more to do with our increased levels of security since he nicked my bloody fillet steak the other day.