Have spent all weekend with my parents making a start on the Decorating Project. I have decided that I want to get at least some of the rooms in my house done to my satisfaction. Most of them have to wait until we do the Extension Project (or at least it would be crazy to do them before, seeing as how they're going to be ripped out as part of said project) but the front bedroom and the living room would suffer minimal disruption and are therefore good candidates. I decided to start on the bedroom so this weekend we have been wallpaper stripping. It's serious stuff, and, when it comes to the ceiling, surprisingly knackering. I have so far managed to scald myself twice with the steamer but we've done all the walls and about half of the ceiling. The downside is that the floor is still all over bits of wallpaper and it's getting tracked through the house when we step out for cups of tea or whatever. Step 2 is to get a plasterer in to re-skim the walls & ceiling to make them lovely and smooth. Anyone have the number of any plasterers?
Was good to see the folks again though (hi Mum!). We sat around on Saturday evening and had a wide ranging ramble about politics and human nature and tech and loads of stuff. You know the sort of thing - one topic just flows naturally into another, you're all getting into it, it can be a really nice way to chill out after a hard day's scraping :) Also, I cooked guinea-fowl and nothing went wrong (except for forgetting to buy garlic - I had to get Dad to go out for some!) so I was dead chuffed. Sunday we had the last BBQ of the year for my BBQ - a plan evolved on Saturday before the rain storm but fortunatly by lunchtime it was nice again. My kitchen seems to have got extra chaotic again - don't know what that's about. I'll have to clean it some time this week. After the stripping has finished though - one thing at a time.