I have white hair. I have a white beard. My skin is white. My snot is white. When I sneeze, a small cloud of dust rises off of me. Yes, we’ve finished sanding down the polyfilla’d walls and we’re ready to “size” them before papering (apparently, that’s putting a weak coat of paste over them to help seal them and increase adhesion). We’ve used up a box and a half of polyfilla (or the B&Q equivalent thereof). I haven’t killed my Dad once. We even managed to have a laugh and a few pints down the local last night. Weyhey.

In other news, I apparently offended someone with my language the other night. This surprised me significantly, since there’s a lot of swearing that goes on in that group of people, it’s very testosterone filled, and while I know I tend to use poor language in that group, I didn’t think it was more than usual. Additionally, I’m a little upset that he felt that he couldn’t come to me and tell me, since we’re often teasing each other. Not to worry, a small apology next week I think. Also a concerted effort to swear less.

Anyway, back to the grindstone.

7 Responses to “This is the ghost of DIY present…”

  1. bronchitikat says:

    Well done you with the DIY. It’ll be good when it’s, finally, done.

    I don’t wallpaper, I’ve scraped enough old wallpaper off to know why too. We just put up with slightly uneven walls & I emulsion ’em. Sooooo much less hassle. & if we want tonal, or colour variations? There’s sponging, dragging, marbling, frottage etc, or even the (currently unfashionable) stencilling.

    & look, NO Scraping the next time we redecorate! Yay!

  2. taffyboy says:

    Oh, no, these walls are….well…old. And wonky. And full of holes. They’re lath and mortar walls that have been repaired countless times over the last 80 years or so. They’re bad. They’re impressively bad. We spent Saturday doing nothing but filling in and evening out various holes, bumps and dips. I hate paper too (especially after today). But these walls not only needed textured wallpaper, but they really needed some of that polystyrene stuff underneath. Actually, no, the lath and mortar needs ripping out and nice walls put in place. That, however is not going to happen.

    Anyway, Tuesday Nathan is coming down to help paint, and *then* it’ll be in a state that I can show to tenants. Woohoo!

  3. anonymous says:

    Sorry to post this here. Was wondering if it would be possible to email you about something work related and mountain rescue related – pls msg me on http://postcardfrom.blogspot.com – when you read my profile you’ll realise why I’m being so cagey in my message.


  4. taffyboy says:

    Surely. Contact details left…

  5. bronchitikat says:

    Ah, so it’s older than mid-late Victorian like our place then?

    Sounds like it has plenty of ‘character’. Is it built for the traditional Welsh shape/size?

  6. taffyboy says:

    Turn of the century miner’s terrace. 🙂

    It’s not bad for size, I managed to bag one of the larger ones in the village – this whole terrace seems to have larger houses than most of the others. Perhaps it was for Managers or something.

  7. bronchitikat says:

    Sounds like it. 😉