No rest…

I thought my week would be very restful and cool.

In a hot, hot week I am back in Bristol and sleeping in a proper bed, in a cool flat. Joy!

But most of my plans went awry. It was always going to be a week of admin. Lots of bills due to be paid; quotes to assess and so on plus the car booked in for an MOT and service. But I anticipated long lazy walks, meeting with friends and relaxing in the sunshine with a good book.

In actual fact my week has consisted of lots of unexpected expense. I needed new brake pads, discs and tyres for the car so with a service and MOT I was quoted £700 in all! I spent a lot of time phoning around and managed to save a couple of hundred but …ouch.

Then, whilst working in the flat, a hiss and a bubble and drip, drip, drip…..and I had a radiator ‘moment’ in my flat. Disaster averted but time for action. I was warned last year when I put in a new boiler that the 30+ year old radiators looked less than good but you know what it’s like when you have budget constraints. Alas, my hope of them holding out for another year or two has been diminished. I have spent a couple of days sourcing new radiators – 7 in total – along with thermostatic valves. Delivered Friday for fitting by my friendly local plumber in a weeks time. Let’s hope the new ones last another 30 years.

Thank goodness I have trade accounts all over the place – that saved me a few pennies.

Back onto the project. I reviewed the new timeline and realised that I should get my tiles on order and a date set for delivery. I have literally spent hours and hours over the last few months choosing tiles through different suppliers, getting samples sent out, changing my mind, etc. before making my final decision. I returned to the various sites to make the purchases only to find that several of the chosen products are now out of stock and not likely to be re-stocked in readiness for my timeline.

Hurrumph…I said. Or words of a similar nature.

So I spent another day online to start the process again, ending with a final no turning back decision. 63m2 of tiles have been purchased through Victoria Plum and Total Tiles and a mid July delivery date booked. Next decision will be colour of grout…and working out how to get the tiling done!

In the meantime, I am still trying my hand at furniture renovation. A while ago I purchased an old dining table and chair set from Facebook Marketplace for £20 and have slowly been updating the upholstery and painting the furniture. This too has been part of my routine this week – in the carpark behind the flats. In the raging hot sunshine!

I don’t really know what I am doing and if it doesn’t work out, the cost is mostly labour. At the moment anyone who visits me in the flat has to take their meal on a tray so it’s got to be worth a go, don’t you think?

So, not the week I was planning but I am still happy that I did not have to spend my nights with Mr. Clooney. It’s been roasting hot in Bristol. I’d have been medium to well-done if I had been in Mr. Clooney.

Next week, things go up a notch – assuming the plaster arrives on Monday.

Fingers crossed…


Not really a builder. Nor a girl in the youthful sense of the word. Bitten by the building bug and keeping a record of the experience. Know a little but learning a lot!

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