Day Twenty-Seven

Back to normal service today, busy busy yesterday so no chat.  The scaffolding has gone at the back which is great. I was tempted to use it as a bonus washing line last week when it was so sunny.  The sun decided not to come out today, look how grey the sky is.

dormer at the back
dormer at the back

The space for the bed at the back is free of insulation now and we have measured it again.  Looks like it’s plenty  wide enough – hooray – panic over.  The hole you can see will be a bookshelf inset into the wall which will be handy and give that wee bit extra feeling of space next to the bed.   Nearly all the perimeter has been insulated now and the stairs should be here quite soon.  The windows are ordered and a wee bonus that I’ll show you another time.  The extra Velux is  here too and works on the new bathroom have resumed.  I love a bath but I am missing having a shower, especially on work days.  Tiles and flooring are being researched at the moment and I even glanced at wallpaper and paint the other day.

back left
back left
front to back today
front to back today

Other Stuff

I’ve been meaning to tell you about what I made of Friday for days now. Aubergine Parmigiana is one of those dishes that is so much more than the sum of its parts (or ingredients).  I used  Sarah’s recipe as a starting point,  http://www.viewfromthetable.co.uk/2012/07/pimp-that-veg.html . I used mozzarella as a layer and the parmesan type cheese on top.  Absolutely delicious. We had ours with crusty bread and green salad.

not the most photogenic dish
not the most photogenic dish but tastes brilliant

I notice the view from the table uses only a corner shot for the photo, very clever.  Don’t be put off by how it looks, make it, you’ll be glad you did. x

p.s. If you like woolly tights, Tesco has loads of colours and spotty ones half price at the moment.  Random, I know, apologies.

Day Nineteen

Four weeks done and boy can you see a difference.  Here are the highlights today:-

The back dormer has been prepped and the back section where the alarm was holding everything up is all sorted.

Loads of slates have been taken off at the back ready for the dormer to go in.

Still more invisible electrical work and plumbing done.  Some not so invisible like the 6 holes with wire tentacles coming out of them in the new bathroom.

We have bath taps, the children are looking forward to having a bath in a bedroom, as they see it.

The space where the stair used to be is nowhere to be seen any more.

There was another huge load of insulation on the drive today along with other bits and bobs.  The upstairs seems to be shrinking at the moment.

Have a look for yourself.

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Lennie surveying his patch
Lennie surveying his patch
small room's window has gone
small room’s window has gone
front to back today
front to back today
to front window today
to front window today
insulation making its own way upstairs
insulation making its own way upstairs

The Dogs – being photogenic

Lucy mid stretch
Lucy mid stretch
Lennie looking out for squirrels
Lennie looking out for squirrels

I’m very excited about going out for tea with a pal of mine for dosa masala, a fantastic Southern Indian dish which has a gram flour pancake filled with spicy potatoes and is served with 2 or 3 different sauces (for want of another  word).  I acquired a serious taste for dosa when I lived in Malaysia.  Well worth braving the cold for.

Have a fabulous weekend x

For Mum

Raspberry, Banana and White Chocolate Bread
Raspberry, Banana and White Chocolate Bread

Just a short post to show you the cake I’ve made in honour of my mum who would be celebrating her birthday today. I’ve made it in her loaf tin. Mum was not so bothered about presents but I knew exactly how she felt when I once forgot a card, she was not impressed to say the least. I think I was about 19, I never missed another birthday again, no matter where in the world I was.

My sister and her daughter will be up later to share the cake, it’s raspberry, banana and white chocolate.  I have adapted it from the banana bread on The View from the Table blog.  I hope this link works.  This is a brilliant recipe, the first time I tasted it it was the curlywurly version. Amazing.

http://www.viewfromthetable.co.uk/2012/05/big-bad-banana-bread_17.html

I added a handful of frozen rasps, one banana and half a bag of white choc chips (well what was left after H checked they were ok).

Better go and stop the cake being eaten before my sister has arrived.