Posts Tagged ‘House’

Busy Buzzing

20/09/2014

He does this every other weekend.

He will get dressed and then go downstairs to do his routine – a safe and sure one.

First, he makes sure the fuel is adequate.

Then he checks the equipment is in good shape.

After that, he test starts it.

Only when he fully satisfied, and only when he is, then he goes to the garden and fully turn the mean machine on.

A portable grass cutter – the tank of fuel sits strapped to his back while the long handled cutting end is held away, controlled with two hands at strategic gripping points.

IMG_1139He’s mastered this art and does it as part of his exercise routine. Cool eh?

In Maintenance Mode

25/02/2014

Since coming back from our holidays, it would almost seem that everything is breaking down and needing repair! Well it would seem like that from the way Hubby is muttering to himself these days! He keeps saying this and that needs fixing. Why, just now he said he was looking for used machines to do some of the repairs jobs around the house. I could her him murmuring, “I don’t need brand new costly ones.” He tells himself “I won’t be using it often.” 

I smile to myself as I hear him mumble and tinker away, glad that he is DIY savvy! 

INTERNET DOWN!

09/01/2014

Oh dear! A Blogger’s nightmare – the internet is down. All because of a storm that hit a few critical places. The entire place is out and we don’t know when it will be back.

What’s worse, the modem seems to have been affected too. Not good, not good.

Blackouts in the night means it is reasonably cool, especially in if there is a breeze. Failure in the daytime means at least we don’t have to contend insufficient light and over supply of enthusiastic mosquitoes! (Yes I am trying to be positive about this…!)

We really need to look into having a good generator… And perhaps now, a new modem too….

New Year New Stuff?

02/01/2014

Ah! With a house full of young people and many more visiting, things are boisterous and full of life.

But it also means that things are well used, and in the process of wear and tear, they  fall apart and need replacing. Apart from the door handles in our house coming apart (see photo collage below) we have had other maintenance issues….

IMG_2433The latest is the flooring in parts of our house. They are coming off and require special adhesives to ensure they stay down. Then there is the gate – despite having had a coat of paint seemingly not so long ago. I will want to put another on.

Perhaps I can persuade my now-at-home son to pick up D-I-Y…..

Cabinet Capers

17/12/2013

Back to the topic of repairs. It does seem like our year coming to an end is going to be a repair-ful one!

This time it is kitchen cabinets – they are getting rather worn out. So worn out that many of the doors do not close properly. Some drawers squeak and protest each time they are opened. Perhaps the previous carpenter was not as up to scratch as we thought. We start getting other quotations.

Then Hubby comes home with a proposition. He thinks we should consider getting new cabinets at this website – wholesalers and distributers are usually cheaper. What’s more, the samples look like they would be great in organising our kitchen. Perhaps we will see an end to our search for new and decent cabinets soon…..!

MORE Repairs!

15/12/2013

As the saying goes, “If it doesn’t rain, it pours”

First the kitchen stuff went wonky.

Then the bathroom door went. My poor firstborn was stuck in there. Thankfully not indecently!
IMG_2428Now the kitchen cabinets need looking at! They are not closing properly. Thankfully we can easily obtain kitchen cabinets direct from online manufacturers and wholesale suppliers. It’s made easy too. Just a click away and lots of advice therein. Phew! I do hope I can get things ready in time for the visitors’ invasion!

Sudden Repairs Needed

14/12/2013

Goodness! In the run up to Christmas and the anticipation of frenzied cooking, we find ourselves also needing repairs in the house. Not just simple repairs but also safety repairs. The cooker in the kitchen needs repairs too. Thankful for supply companies like harris welding who are able to assist even at short notice during this busy time of the year. In particular we want the kitchen done up well because of our foster son’s impending return. He is a chef so we expect him to want to conjure up some dishes to show off his culinary skills. The last time he did so, we were fattened up by a few kilos each. We will look into other forms of “repairs” later (read “diet”!)

Preparing for Guests

13/12/2013

We will be having some guests soon. A family of four coming to stay for about a week. They are on a shoe-string budget so it’s likely they won’t be traveling much. They are also city-dwellers so it is likely that they will find it novel to sit outside in our front garden and at our balcony to overlook the back garden (which resembles a mini jungle!)

BackGardenWe were wondering how to make their stay more comfortable. Then my Hubby found a place for outdoor cushions which would enhance our balcony wooden chairs. We had left the chairs hard and dirty for ages but with new cushions they would have a new look! Now to decide on the colour scheme.

Christmas and Lights

06/12/2013

Whilst setting up the lights for my tree, I was a little irritated with some of the light switches in my home. Well, in particular the corner where I wanted to set up the tree.

IMG_1805Light switches can be such blemishes to homes especially in these modern time. Some lighting points can occupy large wall spaces. Some of mine are hidden behind a wall cupboard! I wish I had found the european lighting tips site before I built my house – it gives fantastic insights what to do and how to modernise our homes. Meanwhile I will hide the sockets with my tree!

Maintenance Mode

17/10/2013

Today someone came, climbed two sets of ladders and cleared the gutters of our roof. Two days ago, we had a mini flood outside the house because one of the drain pipes blocked. Last week the carpenter came and popped open one of the bedroom doors which had jammed.  …. 

I guess you could say that the house is now suffering from wear and tear. Basic DIY is required. Thankfully we have an odd-job man. But before he can do his work, we need to get supplies from Reid and other such places. Things like replacing door knobs, washing out the water cisterns and unblocking any waste pipes all require us to prepare beforehand as our odd-job man isn’t the kind to walk around with spare cash! 

Now we have to prepare for the next week when he is due to come again…