Sunday, 9 December 2007


So today was the start of Christmas.

We bought a tree, got the lights and everything down from the loft, realised that all the decorations were broken or cracked, went to get more at Homebase (which had a broad and tasteful selection, much to my surprise), spent rather too long with a spirit level and a bucket of sand getting the damn thing upright, stuck the lights on, watched as Freyja was singularly unimpressed with our efforts, went to a chilly carol concert at the Horniman Museum (thanks for the brandy coffee, Graham...), came back and had tea with mince pies and Christmas music while we put the decorations on and Freyja carefully took them all off and put them back in the boxes again.

It was great :)

And what made it all the more exciting was that we have our house back. When we bought it, the downstairs looked like this:

Then, after a rather sudden decision to knock the ground floor rooms through, ten days ago it looked like this:

And now, I am enjoying a rather good glass of port, in this:

Two weeks and counting (and we're going to need more port...)


  1. How did you manage that so easily? I seem to remember knocking our wall down took a month and a million blog posts about the attendant trauma.

  2. Scared70@hotmail.com12 December 2007 at 01:58

    Hi, just stumbled upon your site whilst casually bimbling about the t'inter web one evening. Couldn't help but wonder why you chose to use the "fork handles" web site name. I work in the hardware industry you see, and am perpetually plagued by the allegedly hilarious sketch performed by renowned "comic" Mr Ronald Barker and that little fella. Please enlighten me as i can't see the relevance at the minute. Lots of love Simon

  3. @helena: I'm not sure that "so easily" would describe the metric assload of brick dust that has entered every crevice of our dwelling, but the Eastern European chappies who did the work were very efficient :)

    @scared70: Er, it seemed like a good idea at the time. It was that or "Got Any Hose?" and I wasn't sure what kind of unsavoury character that might attract :)

    Anyway, what do you mean "allegedly hilarious"? Comedy genius.