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Man at Work

March 13, 2011

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We have another work in progress. This dark corner of our study has had a makeshift bookcase in it for a few years, awaiting something better to be made. It’s a funny old space. It has a flue jutting into it from when the room was a kitchen and there was a huge boiler in […]

List for Christmas Future

January 1, 2011

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We had a lovely and quite white Christmas and New Year. But I was left with a slight feeling of disappointment in myself under a general sub-heading of ‘Must-Try-Harder’. I was about to write a list of things to do differently next year, but I just know I’ll lose it so here it is, preserved […]

Grate new fire

November 11, 2010

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Since we moved in the fire in the living room has mainly been held together with jubilee clips and hope. When the shaped fire bricks fell out of the back it was time to get it sorted properly. I took what was left of the cast iron fire grate to a local blacksmith to see if […]

Just a bookcase

November 6, 2010

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We have a new bookcase. Hello bookcase, nice to meet you. You fit that space very well. I like the way you carry those books too, very fetching. Much better than them being all over the floor. I won’t have to hoover round them now. What’s that you say? Ed made you…in his workshop? Yes, […]

Chair Covers

October 5, 2010

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I finally got around to putting new covers on our dining chairs today. This is not a ‘how to’ post. It’s to remind me of Ed’s maxim that ‘it only get’s done if you do it.’ It only took a couple of hours and cost me the grand total of £7.50 So I am feeling […]

Step it up

August 19, 2010

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When I first thought of building a nice deep Japanese style soaking tub, I had it in the back of my mind that getting in and out might be an issue for those of shorter stature. I then forgot all about that and got down to the complex business of completely rebuilding a bathroom. The […]

Fennel and Fern

August 8, 2010

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Issy at Fennel and Fern asked if we would write a guest post for their updated gardening site. I wrote about how we got on this year with our raised beds. Take a look and have a browse around the rest of Fennel and Fern too. Here’s the link.

Bathroom Part 3

July 31, 2010

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Fanfare please! The bathroom. It’s finished. No more will the boy have to tiptoe (like an elephant) through our room to use our bathroom and finally I can brush my teeth without battling with an eight year old for sink space. There are a few finishing touches that we need to add, a toilet roll […]

Bathroom Part 2

June 17, 2010

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I know you are all sitting there wondering “How on earth are they getting on with that bathroom” Well wonder no more. Here is the update you are looking for. Well, we can’t deny that choosing the ‘Japanese Style’ Omnitub has caused Ed some extra work. He has had to build a support unit for […]

1st Blogiversary

May 29, 2010

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** This giveaway is now complete ** Things we make We started the blog on a whim a year ago today and since then it has taken on a life of it’s own. Here are a few reminders, just click on the pictures to see a few of our exploits. From Ed and his furniture […]

Cherry Table

May 18, 2010

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Ed designed and made this table for our dining room a few years ago. We’d looked around a while for a ‘console’ style table but just couldn’t find one that was right, so he set about making it himself. It was featured in Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine who asked him to write an article about […]

Plastered – Bathroom Part 1

May 4, 2010

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Ed is self taught in most things. He watched our plasterer work his way round most of this house and then when our funds started to dry up thought “How hard can it be?” So this is a story about how Ed plasters a bathroom, from my perspective anyway. I’ve by-passed all the pre-amble about […]

Dutchmen in the kitchen

October 11, 2009

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No its not Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Rembrandt or Eddie Van Halen; a dutchman is also a timber patch to cover a defect.  In our much used kitchen (installed by the previous owners of the house) the worktop had been varnished, which has trapped moisture and led to some small areas starting to break down; When […]

Mr Ed on the decks (now with added sunshine)

October 3, 2009

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Well just the one deck actually, but I liked the sound of it. So the first of the two decks that have been promised for many years is now complete. My timing is a bit off because the ‘summer’ has just finished so they will have to wait until the spring to be enjoyed, but […]

I made…a big hole and filled it in again

August 18, 2009

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If you read this blog for beautiful images, mouthwatering food and contemporary furniture then you’ll just have to look away for a minute – sorry. For the rest of you, welcome to my world of drains, deep trenches and tanking. The absence of any creative posts from me for a while is due to this diversion […]

The smallest room

July 19, 2009

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I finished this bathroom on the ground floor of our house last year, but never got round to blogging it, so here it is. The works were extensive including excavating and pouring a new concrete slab for the floor, all new plumbing and electrics and fully replastering; all done by my own fair hand. I […]

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