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Weekend Maintenance

painting scullery

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It’s been raining for a days now, wonderful for our garden but also great for doing some inside home maintenance. So far, we’ve managed to paint the kitchen and today we’re busy with the scullery and entrance hall. Richard’s been cleaning out the gutters too. It’s amazing what a coat of fresh paint can do to a room!

What are you busy with at home this weekend?

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Knitted Treasures in the Post and Home Maintenance

This is the wooden floor in our school room, it has been perfect up until now and then, last week, it collapsed along the one side. Sadly the reason for this catastrophe is damp. Our builder friends came round to have a look and we all just stood looking at the sagging floor, not knowing how to correct this unbudgeted expense. The options were to remove the entire floor, fill it with concrete and tile or break the floor closest to the wall and attempt to correct where it had given way.

Today was a new day and thankfully they were able to break through the wall underneath the floor from outside, remove the cross beams that were rotting and replace them with new, damp sealed beams. You have no idea how relieved we are. What we thought was going to be a massive undertaking at a huge expense is going to be a fairly simple procedure to remedy! Our builder friends will return tomorrow to replace the damaged pieces and close all the gaps. (Phew, now I can breathe….)

We have had to pack all our school books into spare cupboards to protect them from dust and our dining room has been converted into a learning room for the next 2 weeks while the floor is repaired.

On a more exciting note, I visited the post office today, when I opened my mail box it was choc a block full of post from all over. These are parcels from the amazing people who have knitted squares for the Recovery Blcnket that we will be giving to my mom. I just sat in the car and cried as I opened each envelope, thinking how kind people are in this blogging and Ravelry world. To make a knitted treasure for someone they have never even met and post it off with such love in their hearts. Oh my goodness, I am so humbled by these very generous acts of kindness, I thank you with all my heart:)

Thank you Donna for your beautiful felt piece, we are going to place it in the centre of the blanket and build around it with the knitted squares, it is so beautiful! Unfortunatley this lovely beige square didn’t have a name on the envelope so I don’t know who to thank, if it is yours, please let me know:)  The two squares at the top of the photo are from Christine (Australia), such lovely soft wool indeed, the lovely bright green and turquoise squares are from Kate, thank you so much for your beautiful note:)

The gorgeous pearl square at the bottom left is from Ginny (London), the blue and grey squares in the middle at the bottom are from Carol (South Africa), such soft wool, the mauve square to the right of those is from Clare (South Africa). The wonderful heart and beige squares at the top right are from Nel (Netherlands) next to those on the left on the orange paper are lovely fueshia coloured squares from Camille (USA) (the tea is amazing, thank you) and the squares on the bottom right are from Jeanette (Tasmania) How can I say thank you enough to all of you, my heart is so grateful and happy so Thank You all so much!!!

 

What a wonderful day, the wooden floor is looking a lot more healthy and my heart is filled with gratitude for all the people who sent hand written letters, gifts and these beautiful squares. I know a few more are still on their way and I will post them here when they arrive.

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Geysers ?

Early this morning, I walked through our home into my wool room. I was looking for a roving and as I stood looking into my wool cupboard I heard the sound of running water… I walked into the next room to the bathroom and couldn’t believe my eyes… Our geyser had burst… The ceiling was on the floor of the bathroom and water  and ceiling insulation was everywhere… It has been a busy day so far, the up side of this disaster is that we are going to replace our old geyesr with a solar powered one, so we are now smiling:) We just have to decide which one to purchase, any ideas? I think we will go with solar tubes as quite a few solar panels cracked during this cold winter we just had in South Africa. We also need to decide weather to have the geyser on the roof with the panels or to feed the water into a geyser inside the roof… So much to think about. If anyone out there has solar please could you leave some words of wisdom for us we would greatly appreciate it.

(Some readers have asked what a geyser is. We call them geysers here in South Africa, I think overseas they are called hot water heaters?)

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