Monthly Archives: April 2012

Today I am an archeologist

We’ve been in 2 weeks and have had a few really lucky period features finds.  First, the hall floor…

We always suspected there may have been a lovely minton tiled floor undereath the hideous blue carpet.  On completion day, once I had run around from top to bottom like an excited toddler, I set straight to tearing up a corner of carpet.  Here’s what I found (excuse the dodgy photography):

Today I returned while things were quiet to remove the carpet gripper rods that had been nail-gunned into the tiles :(.  There wasn’t too much damage, and when the budget allows, we’ll get a proper restoration job.  While I was grubbing around the skirting boards with a chisel I thought I’d explore the lino that someone had laid over the last two feet of hallway.  By explore, I mean take a chisel to it – it was rather exciting and about as far as I’ll get to an Indiana Jones-style archeological dig.  I half expected to find concrete or worse, but can you believe somebody laid linoleum over this beauty?!

It seems the Victorians were into chevrons too.

Coming up, a minging bathtub, a concealed fireplace full of bird poo, and a kitchen cupboard full of mould.  Yum.


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Get ready for a slew of ‘before’ shots…

So we’re in. Well, we have keys and a mortgage but we’re living down the road while the mucky jobs get sorted. We’ve been having fun filling a skip with hideous fixtures and fittings. Here I am enjoying my first beer in our new garden.


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Enjoying my new surroundings!

Having been away from Southport for 15 years it’s great to get out and about and rediscover the wonderful things it has to offer, since we’ve been back we’ve been to the beach, down the pier and visited some of the lovely parks.  This weekend I visited Broadhursts, my favourite book shop with KB, my old school friend and fellow book-worm.  We had a wonderful afternoon perusing the treasure trove of old and new books that they have over multiple floors.

The fire was lit which is always a treat and as always they wrapped our purchased books in brown paper and tied them with string which i love!

I bought two cook books, one cake and one curry and an old book called “The House next Door” by A&C Askew.

B, I’ll have to take you there when you visit!  I hope things are taking shape at the new house!



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