After sorting out a few things at home yesterday it was time to go back to my daughter’s house across town to continue helping them get their house in order.
When I say in order I am not referring to a bit of tidying or cleaning – no, by order I mean the complete works – decorating, finishing off half completed jobs and revamping not to mention the outside of the house, painting the front door and window sills, laying turf and putting down gravel. Then there is the shed (needs a coat of paint) and the garage (ditto).
So welcome to Where the journey takes me 2 – Painters, Decorators, Odd Jobbers and Landscape Gardeners Limited.
My daughter has a small house but in the eight years they have lived there they have only finished the two bedrooms and put in a new bathroom. We offered to help them sort the rest of the house out ready to put on the market at some future date and to make it a nicer environment for them to live in until then.
About 3 years ago they removed the dividing wall between the tiny kitchen and the dining room to make one large space and all the cabinets, worktops and the laminate floor were put in place. It just needed decorating and the dishwasher installing which DH and SIL were responsible for doing and was finished just before our holiday.
At last they have a fully functioning kitchen and dining room and it is looking much more like a usable space. In the dining area they have a dining suite that belonged to my mum and dad, it was one of the first pieces of furniture that they saved up to buy when they got married.
The suite is an original vintage 1950’s – The sideboard design was first shown at the Festival of Britain, 1951 and there is one permanently displayed at the V&A. It is mahogany with Bombay rosewood veneered doors that feature a striking double helix pattern cut to reveal white birch beneath. It was designed by David Booth, made by Gordon Russell of Broadway and sold in Heal’s of London – although I believe my mum and dad bought it from Robert Brothers department store in Sheffield. We have lovingly cleaned and polished it and this little family treasure looks really quite nice in its new home.
My role in this makeover (when not polishing furniture and making cups of tea) is as the landscape gardener – before our holiday I removed many old woody shrubs that had grown far too large for the space and extended the lawn – not the best time to lay turf with the hot weather but it has survived and is looking green and ready for cutting.
They have quite a few Hydrangeas which adds a nice bit of colour to the garden along with these lovely yellow flowers. The name escapes me, I have never grown them but they do have a really long flowering time.
Tomorrow if the weather holds I will be preparing another area of the garden to lay gravel and make a seating area. The ground is so hard now I am having to break it up with the pick.
It has been a lot of hard work, some days we have been there until 8 o’clock at night and we were glad of the break when we went on holiday. It took a lot of ‘getting back into it’ today first day back on the job – I estimate it will take us another three weeks to complete everything if we are lucky.
I hope everyone is enjoying the rain and a rest from all the watering.
Back soon x