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July, but another wet Sunday afternoon

It's already July, but it's not at all summery here, rain is falling steadily and yet another load of washing is hanging bedraggled on my washing line...The radiators are already full inside and there is still a load in the machine waiting to dry... Oh for a few dry days!!!

On Friday Matthew had a 16th birthday party here, it started in the afternoon when friends arrived to "help set up", and the last people left just before midnight. I went out to a cardmaking party at Julienne's while it was on and Chris and David disappeared with Mark to a Pathies barbecue over in Thurstaston. So Ian was left here to keep an eye on things. As far as I can tell we ended up with nearly 50 teenagers here, of whom probably only about half were actually invited, but all things considered I think things stayed reasonably under control and there were no major problems, for which I'm truly grateful, and I'm sure Matthew is too... though neither of us much enjoyed picking up all the abandonned beer cans out of the garden in the pouring rain the following morning!!

I spent most of Saturday morning at the rectory, this week I was mostly scrubbing paint off the tiled floors, this was satisfying work, unlike much housework because you can see the difference straightaway and it won't need to be repeated again a week or two later, once it's done it's done...I like that! - but my knees are quite sore this morning.
The new kitchen has now been installed at the rectory, it's different and I'm not sure if I like it... So what do you think?

Here it is:

After I finished at the Rectory, the whole family went to see Shrek 3 at the movies for Ian's birthday. I enjoyed the movie, it seemed short but it wasn't particularly, the time just flew by!! Later in the evening, Ian and I went for a curry with Debbi and Ian, very pleasant...

Today Ian was leading the 9.30am service at church and we stayed on for the family service too. Now, I better turn my attention to my laundry, before my kitchen disappears under a pile of dirty clothes!!!!


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Jul. 1st, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
Nice looking kitchen, but what's with the stripes? Are there cabinets and drawers, or is that a tile effect?
Jul. 1st, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
The stripes are part of the grain of the wood, it goes right through all the draws and cupboard doors, everything... it's really unusual, looks good I guess, I'm just not sure...
Jul. 1st, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC)
Huh. Seems like a pretty expensive effect for a rectory, but then, I have weird views on such things ;)

Enjoy your day, darlin'!
Jul. 1st, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
The kitchen was made in Slovakia because it was so much cheaper to make it there and import it, than to buy one in the UK... amazing really, but true apparently!!! So probably not as expensive as all that - don't know how much though!
Jul. 1st, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
I think the kitchen stripes would look better with a different floor, i.e. a non wood effect floor. It just kinda quarrels with it. Also I would like some more work surfaces. Maybe something central? :)

And here in London tonight we saw blue sky! Imagine such a thing! No rain! Sunshine! Hope you got some too!
Jul. 2nd, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
The stripes were a bit of a surprise to me... there is a darker wood fire place on the other side of the room too, that doesn't really match too well either... I sort of like the kitchen units, just not in that kitchen! There used to be a large heavy wooden table in the middle of this room which gave it some focus, maybe the new family will put something similar in there... and I guess you're right that for the size of room there isn't a great amount of work surface.

Sadly we haven't seen your blue sky yet, it's still pouring here!! - maybe later!
Jul. 2nd, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
The rectory kitchen looks lovely and clean and shiny, I'm so jealous I am about to go on a big cleaning spree!! Right now. It's two in the afternoon... I'll let you know if I actually accomplish anything LOL!

It's been raining here for a few days, but then again, it is winter here so we can't complain, huh.

Laundry, I have it EVERYWHERE too!
Jul. 2nd, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)
The rectory kitchen does look lovely, new, clean and fresh and shiny, it's just a bit of a strange combination of styles... it would certainly be better than the grubby ancient affair I have for a kitchen, but it's functional so no complaints really..

And I am so sick of laundry!! and rain!!
Jul. 2nd, 2007 07:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, I wouldn't complain if it were my kitchen LOL!

The rain stopped here for a while but I think it started spitting while we had dinner, so there goes the three loads of laundry out there! I hope it clears for you over there though, since it's been - well - so wet!
Jul. 2nd, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
It's still raining here... there's laundry everywhere - sigh!

Actually I would just like to import the floor of that kitchen into my house, the floor is gorgeous!! Our kitchen floor is old lino which never looks clean even if you scrub it!!
Jul. 2nd, 2007 08:11 am (UTC)
Maybe you could look under the lino. There might be a nice floor underneath? I guess it depends how old the house is. Ours is 1920s. We ripped our lino up years ago, and there was a lovely wooden floor under there! It took ages to get the black glue stuff off but an old man came and did it all, sanded, polyeurathaned, and then we never heard from him again! The floor still looks good, but needs a new coat of varnish some time soon, I suspect.
Jul. 2nd, 2007 09:02 am (UTC)
Sadly there are no beautiful floors waiting to be revealed here, I did take a hopeful peek under the lino a while ago!! I want to tile the kitchen and morning room floors, but I have neither time nor money for that just now, so I shall just put up with the lino!!
Jul. 2nd, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
Since it isnt yours......the stripes remind me of the old type deck chair material !!
The kitchen looks lovely and streamlined but too much "pattern" for me. As long as the owners enjoy it,that is all that matters.
Jul. 2nd, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, the stripes are just so... well stripy!!!

It's a bit much for me - I hope the owners do like it!
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