Elendig maling


Poor quality paint
Originally uploaded by PhylB

Vi brugte weekenden på at male Marcels værelse i vores nye hus.

Vi tænkte, vi kunne spare et par pund ved at købe B&Q’s færdigblandede “Everywhere Satin Paint Classic Red“. Det skulle vi aldrig have gjort!

Da vi gav væggen første lag, fik en ekstra tur med rullen nogle gange malingen til at komme af i stedet for på. Da vi var færdige med første lag, var der frygtelige farveforskelle over det here – lys rød, mellemrød, mørk rød, you name it!

Jeg begyndte på dette tidspunkt at gå lidt i panik, så jeg gav nogle udvalgte områder to ekstra lag, og i dag malede jeg så det hele én gang til (så de forskellige områder har fået fra to til fire lag).

Resultatet er ikke godt; jeg vil mene, det med en del god vilje nu ser ud, som det med andre malinger ser ud efter første lag. Jeg håber blot, Marcel vil finde sig i det, da jeg ikke rigtigt orker at male væggene to gange til…

Belært af denne erfaring byttede vi den orange maling fra samme serie, som vi havde købt til Charlottes værelse, til en orange maling af bedste kvalitet, og hvilken forskel! Ann og Dougie kom forbi i dag for at hjælpe, og de klarede at male hendes værelse på en eftermiddag, så det nu ser en del bedre ud end Marcels.

Jeg køber aldrig billig maling igen!

Mig og min motorsav


Me with my chainsaw
Originally uploaded by viralbus

Jeg er nu trådt et trin højere op på mændenes rangstige!

Jeg tænker her ikke på vores nylige huskøb – at købe hus i en forstad kan alle og enhver jo komme og gøre. Nej, sagen er den, at jeg i dag har investeret i en motorsav af mærket Bosch, da der i vores nye have er en del planter, der har fået lov til at vokse sig lidt for store.

Det er altså en helt speciel følelse at føle dyrets vibrationer forplante sig op gennem armene, mens man skærer gennem grene, som var det smør.

New home


Chucking out the old wardrobe
Originally uploaded by phyl1

We finally got the keys for our new house today!

One of the first things we did was to rip apart the built-in wardrobe in Marcel’s room, throw the pieces out the window and take them to the skip.

Interestingly, the previous owner has left us a washing machine, so now we have two. 🙂

Tomorrow we’ll move a lot of things from various places to the house. Alas, we cannot bring everything from the flat just yet, given that we haven’t found a buyer yet, so it needs to continue to look its best.

Flat for sale

We’ve finally got round to putting my flat on the market. See the GSPC’s info here.

It’s really a nice flat – I’m going to miss it – but it is getting a bit crowded with child #4 on its way.

For people with fewer (or no) kids, who have time to take advantage of how close the cinemas and theatres are, it’s really quite ideal, and cheaper than the equivalent in the proper West End.

It’ll be interesting to see how quickly it sells.

Slim

In our kitchen here in the flat, we’ve got a slim Indesit dishwasher.

Slim in this context means that it’s 45cm wide rather than 60cm.

I bought it because my kitchen wasn’t big enough for a normal one, and at the time I was living alone here.

However, even though there’s now five of us, it still keeps up surprisingly well. Sure, we have to turn it on almost every night, but that’s it.

Given that most households consist of less than five people, I don’t understand why so many people buy full-sized dishwashers. I know they’re not any more expensive, but they do consume more energy and water, apart from taking up space.

Built-in BBQ

I found this built-in BBQ hob whilst reading B&Q’s kitchen catalogue recently.

According to the description, it’s for “those who do a lot of barbequing and want to be able to do so all year round! It consists of a gas burner with lava rock over it and a grill to give that chargrilled taste to food.”

While it would never fit in the wee kitchen here in the flat, we’re talking about making a nice new big kitchen in the house we’re buying, and it would fit in perfectly there. I guess £197 (DKK 2163) is a lot of money, but compared to what we’d spend for the rest of the kitchen, it’s not bad, and it really would be cool, no?

But I’ve never tried to use such a thing before, so I don’t know whether it’s as good as it looks. Does the food taste just right, and is it easy to clean?

Buying a house


The house we’re buying
Originally uploaded by viralbus

My two-bedroom flat in the city centre has felt a little bit crowded ever since Phyllis, Marcel, Charlotte and Léon moved in last year, and it’s not been ideal for Marcel and Charlotte to live so far from their school.

What with Bart arriving in December (no, we’ll find another name before then!), things were not going to get any better, so we were happy when we found a house in Newton Mearns with enough rooms for us all.

Phyllis has taken some nice photos of it.


Floorplan
Originally uploaded by viralbus

The dimensions of the rooms are as follows:

Name Dimensions Area
Lounge 399 363 14.48
Dining 328 310 10.15
Kitchen 378 282 10.67
Family room 597 216 12.89
Dining/bedroom 381 305 11.61
Porch 239 104 2.49
Bedroom 307 241 7.42
Bedroom 389 203 7.90
Bedroom 384 279 10.72
Bedroom 292 297 8.68
Bathroom 307 173 5.31
Bathroom 198 183 3.62
Bathroom 254 198 5.03

We’re thinking about making a new kitchen in the family room, and having three bathrooms with bathtubs is somewhat over the top, so we might do something about that, too.

The rooms listed above add up to 110 m2, but the survey claims the house altogether is 160 m2.