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
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…)
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.