East or West, Home's Best

A time came, probably in the 1930s, when the Berry family must have declared the original fireplace 'so last century' and replaced it with something significantly less twiddly and more trendy.  Another eighty years on and now no longer fashionable or original, we decide that it may be time for it to have another face-lift.

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A Smoking Christmas!

For us, Christmas is a time for hunkering down.  We're not generally big on extravagant Christmas rituals, content just to enjoy some quality time together and to touch base with family and friends.  Our sausage and mash Christmas dinner a couple of years ago attracted both looks of deep pity from some people we know and cheers from others wearily tethered to family and societal pressures to produce a perfectly roasted turkey with 20 different veg.  With the house being so topsy turvy and half-dressed, it doesn't seem right to lavish a temporary tree with decorations this year, but an open fire...well that is high up our Christmas list.

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Yorkshire. Bath Capital of the World

Over 9 months here and the absence of a bathroom has been concentrating our minds.  The 'temporary' shower cubicle in the old sluice room does a fine job of keeping us clean, and we've adapted out of necessity to embrace the functional, yet wonky 'no frills' spaces in the house just as much as the grander ones.  But after a long day of digging or lugging I miss not having a bath to soak in.  A bath is my chicken soup.

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Another Holiday......Another Skip

The rotting mattress and leatherette bedhead that someone jettisoned over the garden wall are definitely skip material, as are the awkwardly tall and surprisingly heavy clothes line poles Dunc man-handled out of the ground. Otherwise, to qualify for precious skip space candidates have to be 1) tricky to dispose of by other means or 2) conveniently fit into the pesky nooks and crannies left between the 'proper' skip items.

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