Some of you lot want to see the bathroom. So I’ve taken some pictures and plonked them here. Bear in mind that these pictures only show the fittings. At the moment there is no floor covering and the walls have yet to be painted (but I can’t start that until all the laundry and tidying has been done) and you’re not allowed to use the shower or sink or bath until tomorrow because the sealant needs 48 hours to set (yes I’m quite aware that 48 hrs have passed since the plumber left but Mrs Gnomepants has instituted an embargo on its use until tomorrow morning)

I can’t be arsed to tell you what the pictures show, so you’ll just have to pretend.


Ok. I haven’t lost my marbles. This is something I like to believe.

The Celestine Prophecy and, I think, North American Indians and a few other nomadic tribes people around the world, suggest that when you see or interact with a wild animal it is a message from the spirit world to you. With me so far?

So for example if you see a fox cross your path or come up to you then, depending on your interpretation of the animal and situation, you will need to use your cunning or use some other fox like characteristic.

Likewise, if you saw a wild owl land close by to you or look at you directly then it would be the spirit world telling you to use wisdom. You get my meaning?

Anyway, last night we had a visit. Not from a furry critter but from a scaly little toad. Apparently he was trying to get in through the back door and when the door was opened (by me to see what Mrs Gnomepants was wibbling on about). As I opened the door the little toad came into the kitchen to have a look round. Had I been able to take a photo for you I would have but my camera phone was in a different part of the house. The toad then turned and went to sit on the top step of the kitchen doorway. So we carefully closed the door and went to get our wheelie bin from the end of the-lane-that-nobody-should-block. On our return, our new friend was still sat on the step looking at us. We went inside and when we came out this morning he had gone.

So of course, I got thinking that this was a message. I’m trying to think what a toad would symbolise, like what characteristics do toads have? But for the life of me apart from being warty and bog eyed I cannot think of any characteristics. Maybe you can help?


The kitchen is but a shell of a room. It’s plaster removed to the brick. The units are scattered and dismantled. The living room has a nice new dishwasher, oven and fridge in shiney boxes. It’s gonna be fun and games. Wifey is a bit poorly though and the noise and dust probably wont help.

Plasterer said the existing plaster on the walls is in too bad a condition for him to do a good job so has suggested we replaster each wall room by room. Therefore a tactical meeting was held and the order of action is as following –

Kitchen – Living Room – Main Bedroom – Bathroom – Dining Room – Back bedroom – Hall and Landing. The pantry will also need doing at some point.

Everything is running to schedule though so I am pleased. Especially as the kitchen will be ready in plenty of time for Nick & Sarah’s visit in December…I’m so looking forward to cooking in my new shiney kitchen 😀


Anyway, I’m still alive…Yesterday was filled with boxes and the act of packing of boxes. No! not because I’m moving back to Liverpool but because this week the electricians are about. So we’ve decamped, cats in tow, to Lindsey’s.

Though for how long I have no idea. Cats jumping on my head while I’m trying to sleep can only be withstood for so long and trying to keep them locked up is a nightmare! AND there’s no shower!!

I’m tempted to kip in the car…seriously

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