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

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With sweet potato mash and baby spinach

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Rice noodles with prawns, courgettes, sweet peppers and sweetcorn

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

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

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House Renovation Chronicles Ep 10 (A Thousand Words)

As promised…pictures of progress to date…

Master Bathroom

Shower tray going in…

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

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Tiling started

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Today…mosaic tiles have been removed

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

Kitchen spotlights

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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

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Cloakroom (downstairs toilet) floor tiles in…

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Floor tiles grouted

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Vanity unit in and wall tiles laid

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Loft room…greeny bluey wall paint

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Master bedroom grey wall paint

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Office baby blue wall paint

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

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House Renovation Chronicles Ep 6 (Nothing Left)

This process is starting to get tricky. With each stage of discovery, another problem gets uncovered.

Oooh those tiles are cracked and the floor isn’t straight lets take up the tiles. Ooooh now we’ve taken up those tiles we can see the floorboards have woodworm, lets take up the floorboards.
Ooooh now we’ve taken up the floorboards we can see the joists are rotten, lets take out the joists.
Ooooh now we’ve taken out the joists we can see the supporting brick columns are damp and there are puddles of water sitting on top of the foundation.
There’s nothing left to take up is there?

We’ll find out this morning whether the supporting brick columns can be saved in any way and I’ve also asked about installing under floor heating.

Here are the stages of stripping back the floor in the two receptions rooms.

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