Lunch That Turned To Dinner Due To GMT

Well hello!

I’m taking a small break from talking about the renovation as believe it or not there are other things going on in my life (no really). Haha.

I’m currently staying in a serviced apartment and invited my family round for lunch yesterday afternoon to try and restore some normality to my world. Normality? My family? Who was I kidding?

My sister and her three week old baby were the only ones that turned up when they were supposed to. Mum arrived about two hours late (due to a number if public transport dramas) and my cousins were so late we’ve agreed that they will try again next week.

That’s GMT for you. Not Greenwich Mean Time, Ghana Maybe Time (I’m half Ghanaian). Ghana Maybe Time basically means when you invite someone to arrive at 5pm they MIGHT arrive at 5pm…but they’re more likely to arrive at 7pm. To mitigate this, it is common practise to invite guests to arrive at least two full hours prior to the time you actually want them there. This does sometimes backfire and you end up getting lunch guests arriving for breakfast. Yesterday was not one of those days.

Anyway here’s what we ate

Teriyaki salmon


With sweet potato mash and baby spinach


Rice noodles with prawns, courgettes, sweet peppers and sweetcorn


Spicy thyme chicken (cooked for my cousin that doesn’t eat fish…)


Apple Strudel for dessert (I didn’t make this)


House Renovation Chronicles Ep 10 (A Thousand Words)

As promised…pictures of progress to date…

Master Bathroom

Shower tray going in…


Bath in (taps should have been on the wall under the window so you can sit at either end but hey)


Tiling started




Today…mosaic tiles have been removed



Walls have all been painted. Skirting and coving have been done. Spotlights have gone in.

Kitchen spotlights


Kitchen has been decluttered and cleaned so looks like a kitchen again. As you can see the new boiler had gone in on the right


Cloakroom (downstairs toilet) floor tiles in…


Floor tiles grouted


Vanity unit in and wall tiles laid



Loft room…greeny bluey wall paint


Master bedroom grey wall paint


Office baby blue wall paint


Wood floor down in the dressing room. White wall paint (as the walls will pretty much be covered in with wardrobes)


House Renovation Chronicles Ep 9 (The Last 6 Weeks)

Hello all,

You’ll be pleased to learn that I am indeed still alive. It’s been a painful, very painful process of trying to get through this renovation and still lead a normal life. I’m just about coping to do both with amazing support from friends and family.

This episode is going to be a brief summary of what’s been going on with the house and my life. Do let me know if you want some more detail on any of the points.

1. The house isn’t done (big surprise)

It was supposed to be done on 18th October, or at least done enough so we could move into one bedroom and have one functioning bathroom. Why 18th October? That was the date we had to move out of the apartment we were renting so the new tenants could move in. Now I was fully aware that we probably wouldn’t hit that date and booked a serviced apartment near work for a few days but by that weekend the builder told me it would be another 2-3 weeks “or so”. It’s the “or so” that is un-nerving right? Right!

2. “We” is now “Me”

So “we” are officially on a 6 week break but I have no idea if there will be a “we” ever again. The process of buying a house is partly to blame…it definitely brought to light some issues that I wasn’t aware of but hey that’s life…that is my complicated life.

3. I think the builders preferred the “We” to “Me”

This has by far been the most challenging aspect of it all. Bad enough I’m having relationship issues, whilst trying to renovate a house and having to deal with being a little bit homeless the builders have become increasingly difficult to deal with. It’s like when they found out they decided to rip up the specification of works and take a holiday. Everything from refusing to provide me with updated payment schedules to messaging him in response to a message I’ve sent, to just flat out rudeness. I’ve lost count of the number of times I had items delivered to the house and there was no one around.

4. I’m Back to Daily Inspections

Against everyone’s advice I’m back to this again and it’s the only way I would have found that next to nothing was done for 2 weeks. It’s maddening but comforting s at the same time.

5. I Think I Can See The End

Though it has been a drama the house is just starting to look like a house again. I can see that when it is eventually done it will be just what I wanted. Hopefully like a mother that has just given birth I will forget all the pain and be overwhelmed with joyful emotion. Yeah right!

The next post will be picture heavy with updates in progress.