One hundred years ago today my grandfather and his twin were born. On the third day of the third month in the third year of the 20th Century. My grandfather died quite a few years ago, but his twin died only a few months ago. It’s an odd date, and the association has been slightly strange all day.
In more mundane news, we’re doing up our kitchen and it’s exhausting. So far, we’ve been at it a week and our kitchen is a shell filled with dust, grime, bumpy walls, a cooker, a washing machine, a fridge and a sink. This evening Sarah and I stripped the wallpaper from one wall and then re wallpapered it. It’s very lumpy, but it’s not all our fault. At the weekend, we went to great efforts to un-Artex the ceiling. It turns out there’s a product called Covertex, made by the same people who make Polyfilla, designed for such a purpose. First, you go around the room knocking off the peaks of the Artex. Then you take a paint roller and apply the Covertex to the ceiling. Then you take a plasterer’s float (flat thing) and smooth it off. Then, when the whole thing is dry, you sand it to make it properly flat. Does this sound easy? Well, it’s not.
We went to wonderful Ikea, which is a new discovery for us. We got so excited by the place we bought our kitchen there. And now we know pretty much all of their stock a little too well. I also have an intimate knowledge of online home appliance shops. We went for a Neff hob and oven because they are shiny, they seem to have a good reputation, and the hob has dials at the front that have the sparker incorporated in the dial (I’m such a sucker for things like that). I’m hoping they will arrive tomorrow.
I also know more than is healthy about sinks. You can spend anything from £35 to £600 on a sink. Granted, the expensive ones do look nice and are called ‘professional’, but I think I’ll stick with one that’s less than £100.
Our heating is doing an odd thing. We think the timer is failing to register one of the little pegs that tells it when to go on and off, which means that it sometimes comes on at night and doesn’t come on when we think it should. It’s taken a few days of luke warm water and hot nights (alternating with the water doing what it should) to reach this conclusion, and I’m not at all sure about how to fix it.