Tory Plan To Make Public Strikes More Difficult

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david_cameron_452622tThe Conservatives have promised to legislate to make striking more difficult in some core public services if they win this year’s general election.

Under the manifesto commitment, industrial action in areas such as health, transport, the fire services and schools would require at least 40% support of those eligible to vote – as well as a majority of those who have actually voted.

via Tory Plan To Make Public Strikes More Difficult.

So Dishface and his government wants to make it more difficult for public sector workers to strike? Well fair enough some might say… after all we can’t have our doctors, nurses, firemen, tube-workers, teachers etc striking because they are so appalled at the cut-backs and the way they are being treated.  We can’t have them strike because the Government decides to renege on it’s election promises of pay increases, can we?

We can’t have nurses feel that they can’t afford to work any longer in the National Health Service and decide to work abroad or in private hospitals strike can we?  We can’t put people in a position where all their concerns are not being being listened to and they feel that the only alternative left to them is to go on strike, can we?

And we can’t have our Police go on strike because of added pressure placed upon them due to cut-backs, can we?  Or them being forced to work for nothing because that force can’t meet that year’s budget?

How dare they strike?  How dare they demand that the terms they were promised be honoured?  How dare they strike because government has decided to take away their final salary pensions and replaced it with a pittance of a pension.

So the Government to deter these people have said that unless public sector workers get a majority turnout to vote of 40% and no less, then the vote will only be valid if they reach this magic figure and that 40%+ voters AND have over 50% of those that did vote, electing for strike action.

It seems fair really doesn’t it? Or does it?

Take a look at, say the European Elections, and the the percentage turnout of voters in those elections in this report.

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Oh look, the percentage of electorate to turnout for the European Elections in all those years for UK population has NEVER been above 40%.

And if you think that is bad take a look at this report for Local Elections just back in 2012… well there are not many counties that got above the magic 40% is there.

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elections turnout 2012 (1)Well, well, looks like Liverpool Central only had 12.6% of its constituents turnout for the 2012 local elections.

So if you used the same criteria, of what Government wants unions to abide by for strike action, to local elections and the European Elections, well none of those votes would have made the criteria so those that were duly elected from constituencies with under 40% turnout would not be allowed to take their seats.

After all as the Conservatives keep telling us ‘We’re all in this together’, how about making voting a level playing field… and saying only constituencies that have a majority of 40% public turnout will have newly elected councillors or European MP’s.  Oh bugger we wouldn’t have anybody representing us in Europe :D :D Oh well, we might as well leave then.. :D :D

Time for change…

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As they say, change is as good as a rest… but I didn’t realise it was so flaming time-consuming.  What with the new year and WordPress offering us new themes on a regular basis, I thought it was time that I had a change of theme for this blog.

sela-frontpageThat is the first thing… it takes ages deciding what theme you like, because there are so many good themes to choose from… By after previewing themes for a few hours, I decided to plump for the Sela Theme, which is a one of their latest theme releases. And boy am I glad they released this theme.  From the demo of Sela you can see what a versatile theme it is.

Anwyway, after a hiccup of my custom design upgrade not working when I transferred it from another blog to this one.. things went well from then on… Of course I have to thank the very helpful Rachel (a WordPress Happiness Engineer) for sorting me out so swiftly and getting my customizer working as it should.

A change of colours, and a few CSS edits as I don’t like the featured images appearing on single blog posts… and by using one of the background pictures as the basis for my header… (which I added text to with Photoshop).. things were slowly becoming together.

I have never been one to use the Front Page feature of theme before… but as Sela is such a versatile theme … hey why not give it a go!!!

I hope you like the new layout of On My Front Porch…. and yes a change is as good as a rest.

Should he shouldn’t he?

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“I am grateful for the support of the PFA in helping me try to return to football and continue my career.

Upon legal advice, I was told not to discuss the events in question. This silence has been misinterpreted as arrogance and I would like to state that this could not be further from the truth.

I do remain limited at present by what I can say due to the ongoing referral to the Criminal Cases Review Commission and whilst I continue to maintain my innocence, I wish to make it clear that I wholeheartedly apologise for the effects that night in Rhyl has had on many people, not least the woman concerned.

Finally, it has been claimed that those using social media in an abusive and vindictive way towards this woman are supporters of mine. I wish to make it clear that these people are not my supporters and I condemn their actions entirely and will continue to do so.”

via PFA Statement: Ched Evans – News – The PFA.

Should he be given a second chance? Or should he be sent to exile for forever and a day and never grace a football field again?

Sitting on the fence on this one as I can see both sides of this one… firstly and foremost yes he is a convicted rapist and yes and is on the sex offender’s register but according to an article on the BBC News Website, legally speaking he can return to football.. providing a club is brave enough to hire him.

The legal position in England and Wales regarding Evans’s return to professional football is clear.

He is prevented from doing particular jobs known as “regulated activity” and typically jobs such as teaching, social work or health care that would involve working with children or vulnerable adults.

Other employment opportunities, such as professional football, are available to him – as long as he can find someone to hire him.

But morally should he return to football.. especially if he progresses in his career once again starts playing for a Premier division club?  Yes he could become a role model and no I wouldn’t fancy my child having a poster of Ched Evans on their wall, but neither would I be impressed if they had a poster of Luke McCormick who has been convicted of two counts of death by reckless driving, or Lee Hughes who was convicted of death by dangerous driving.

Society says we must give people a second chance… the law says we are not allowed to harass a person who has been convicted and all prisoners must be given the chance to rehabilitate back into society. I am not trying to defend Ched Evans but the statement he made today SHOULD have been made the day he was released from prison.

Whoever gave him the PR advice and legal advice of not apologising for what happened in Rhyl that night has caused more distress not just to the victim but to Ched Evans himself. Many people have taken his silence, by not apologising, as a sign of him not showing any remorse.

And all those that are abusing both the victim and Ched Evans really do need to realise that mob rule is not how our society works and the likes of ‘Dishface’ Cameron should keep his nose out and not voice his opinion.

So should Ched Evans be given a second chance to build his career or not?

Food Fads – My fear of green bits

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Iwanted to do a blog post today… but for the life of me I couldn’t think of anything to say. For those that know me, they will be standing there saying, ‘Bloody Hell… this is a first.’ :D :D

But I wasn’t without inspiration for too long.  Have no fear of that my friends.

PiccalilliThen it came to me as I was making my sarnie… food fads. And as I stared at this brand new, unopened jar of Piccalilli sitting in the fridge, I thought, ‘it won’t be long before it is full of just the green bits’.

Now I know that the green bits are the skin of gherkins and I must be eating the gherkin because I don’t pick out the square bits, but it is just the green bits I can’t abide.  It can’t be the taste, so it must be the look that gives me this food food.

And the other other moans like hell because when he does fancy a sandwich with Piccalilli in it… all that is left in the jar is ‘green bits’.

When I start a new jar it is easy, for me, but by the time I get a third of a way down the jar, the ‘green bits’ seem to multiply… and it seems to take me like forever and a day to get the juice and not the ‘green bits’.

Why I have this fixation of never eating a ‘green bit’ I don’t know. But if someone makes me a sandwich and offers me Piccalilli then either I have to decline or ask politely if they would not put any ‘green bits’ in my sandwich.

The thought me having to eat them or fear that I have eaten a ‘green bit’ makes me retch….

And another thing… I don’t like roast dinners unless they are covered in mint sauce and Lasagne has to be covered in vinegar… what weird food fads I have.

Do you have any food fads?  Do they annoy your partners like my Piccalilli fad annoys my other half? :D :D

What have we created?

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Silhouette of soldierTurning on the news today, just turns your stomach. The vast majority of us take satire for granted… Workers of a magazine, based in France, which attacks not just the Islamic faith, but the Catholic, Jewish and every faith going, including the Christian faith, today have become the victims of Jihadist terrorists.  Policemen, who are doing a job, are murdered in cold-blood.  And the cold stark reality of what terrorism is once again putting fear in all of us.

Yes mocking someone’s faith is not a nice thing, but the vast majority of us just ignore these magazines, we won’t allow the makers of these magazines to profit, by buying them or reading them… instead we show our disdain by leaving the copies on the shelf. Some of us see these magazines just for what they are… satire. But do these people who work for these magazines deserve to die?

Of course not… bloody terrorists have once again caused at least 12 families to mourn the death of their loved ones and many more families, colleagues and friends now having to live with the tragedy of what has happened and deal with the aftermath of this barbaric maiming and killing.

Should our freedom of speech be denied?  Of course not… terrorists have no right to kill or maim people in the name of Islam.  Even if they do find the mocking of their faith offensive.  Daily the Christian faith is mocked… daily the Pope is mocked and parody accounts on Twitter and Facebook are created.  But do we take to arms in order to voice our disgust? NO.

Today’s killings have struck a fear through newspapers up and down the land, from country to country… they stand in solidarity with the victims and journalists of the Charlie Hebdo Magazine who work in those offices, but they not showing the images that this magazine produces. And they are not showing them due to fear of reprisals.

But who are really to blame, for this distaste of Western life amongst extremists?  Is it the West’s Foreign Policy?  Is it the way that the West has armed and trained countries where terrorists are welcome with open arms? Is it the CIA for training others in weapons?  Is it because we have armed other nations so that they could do our dirty work?  Is it us for relying too much on oil?  Is it the way that policy-makers, over the decades, have used certain factions of another countries population to achieve their goals and then abandoned that population?

Have we caused so much animosity amongst Muslims, that some of them become radicalised so much that they are prepared to lay down their lives for what they believe is right?  Have we the West created the monster with our Policies and greed for oil?

And if it is just one of those things, what have we created?  Yes there is a war on terror, and you can keep cutting the head of the snake but the truth is, that for every snake you slay, two more will appear.  And yes, you can keep bombing and maiming civilians and class them as collateral damage, because you are really after the bad guys.  But in reality we are creating more people to hate what are policy makers are making our troops do.

We can’t give in to terrorism, but neither can we go on as we are…. something, somewhere has to give… and someone really does need to see how our Foreign Policy of not just now but from decades ago, is now harming us.  Extremism has to be eliminated but sometimes the bomb and the bullet will only exasperate the matter.  It will take a brave man or woman, a brave politician to tackle this head on… and I don’t think one has been born yet that is brave enough to say ‘We are partly to blame for what is happening in our world today and today is the day that we are going to put things right’… and in true Miss World fashion, work towards ‘ World Peace’.

As much as each of us wants peace on this earth, tyrants will remain and dictators will rule… the world is not a safe place any more and I personally don’t hold hope that there will be world peace in my life-time… but one day for future generations, I do hope that we can all live in harmony and be tolerant of each other and violence is a thing of the past.

But today my thoughts and prayers are sent to each and every person who today lost their life, and to all those  who have been injured in this barbaric attack on humanity.  Rest in Peace, you didn’t deserve this.

Twitter…Hopkins and the cops..

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Katie HopkinsNow I know for a fact I am going to offend some people but hey ho..here goes. But I am sick to death of a) hearing that gobshite Katie Hopkins and b) how people think they should run to the cops every time that woman opens her trap.

Yes what she says, is said to offend.. she doesn’t do it by accident… she does it too offend and to upset people and by god does she succeed… especially when people take such offence that they want her arrested and charged with trolling and god knows what else.

Trolls are a pain in the arse… they do what they do because they know people will react.  And yes the most serious trolls should be dealt with by the police… for instance if what they write is threatening and makes a person fear for their life… or the threats are to harm a person or a person’s family… But for god sakes.. just because someone says something that is classed as ‘sick’… Please think of the man hours a copper has to waste because of some twat on Twitter or Facebook.

From since I can remember, and that is a good few years… sick jokes have been going around… they’ve been said in pubs, passed on by text message or said between friends sitting at the dining table.  Some people find them funny whilst most of us, see how sick these jokes are…. mind you there are times when no matter how much we despise ourselves for it.. a smirk does come across your face at times.

But do we run to the cops if our mate shows us a sick joke?  Of course not… we tell them straight that the joke is sick and not funny and it is bloody well sick.  End of.  If they show it to someone else and they find it funny well that is up to them.  But as far as I am concerned it doesn’t warrant the Police getting involved.

What Hopkins said about the Ebola victim and the Scottish people, was said for impact … and boy did she get some impact..  What she said wasn’t funny and yes it was bloody offensive but it didn’t in my opinion warrant any Police Force getting involved.  People like her are best ignored… do you not realise that every time someone has a go at her… she is in her element?… She is back being the centre of attention.

I wrote a blog post back in September 2014 of how the Police were so under-resourced now that they were asking victims to investigate crimes committed against them.

And do you know what?

I would be bloody angry if I was robbed or had my car stolen and I had to look for it because the Police just didn’t have the manpower and what manpower they did have was now investigating a low-life like Hopkins because she said something offensive… yet again.

Please get to grips… there is a certain family on Twitter and Facebook who are harassed day in and day out… and nothing gets done… and the harassment is allowed to continue.  That is the kind of harassment that needs to be investigated and stopped by Twitter and Facebook. And should there be direct threats involved in any of these harassing posts that are written daily, then the Police should be informed… but come on… calling the cops because someone tells a sick joke…. no way… Jose… no matter how offensive some might think it is.

Am I the only woman in the world who likes being cat-called? | Metro News

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I understand that for some it is easier than others to stand up to a group of builders commenting on their cup size, I think that the recent media flurry on the subject goes towards infantilising women and implies that not only should they be constantly afraid, but that they have things to be constantly afraid of.

What I do find aggressive and unwelcome is women speaking for me and suggesting that, by not being offended by cat-calling, I am in some way anti-feminist and clearly have no understanding of the real issue.

I am a women in my 30s living in the middle of London. Believe me, I have an understanding of the issue and *shock, horror* it still doesn’t offend me.

I don’t need anyone else speaking on my behalf and actually, it’s that which I find demeaning to women not a shirtless scaffolder telling me I’ve got a decent set of jugs.

I’m not a victim and men don’t make me feel like one.

So please, well-intentioned ‘living in fear’ lady – speak for yourself, and start to give all women what the deserve – the right to an opinion.

via Am I the only woman in the world who likes being cat-called? | Metro News.

aa-wolf-whistleYep, I burnt my bra back in the 70’s. (Not as anybody would notice :D :D as I had trouble filling a 32A – sunbathing on the beach in a bikini meant tattooing front and back on myself :D :D ). I wanted equal rights for women with regards to pay and working conditions, but what I didn’t want, was to lose my feminity and no way was I offended by the looks, the wolf-whistles or the admiration from the opposite sex.

In fact in all honesty I would look at the fellas and think, ‘Cor he’s got a nice bum or those muscles are more than welcome to embrace me.’  Office banter was just that… we would laugh and joke and us girls would give as good as we got.  We never cried sexual harassment… we just dealt with it.  Yes I can understand someone wanting to stop the office perv with his wandering hands, but putting a hand on your shoulder… FFS… it has now got to the point where the opposite sex must be shit-scared to get into the lift with a woman just incase she is some feminist who shouts ‘sexual harassment’ if they are too close to them in the lift.

Even in the 80’s as I pushed a pram down the road, with one screaming child in it and I hadn’t slept for a week, when that wolf-whistle came my way… of course I acted coy and shy, but deep down I was thrilled. There I was walking down the street and feeling like a knock-kneed knackered old nosebag when this wolf-whistle echoed from behind some scafollding and just for that moment I felt on top of the world.  I felt like shouting ‘Yep I’ve still got it’ even though I felt like shit through numerous nights of wondering what the word ‘sleep’ meant.

Like the journalist wrote in the Metro,  it didn’t offend me either… I could handle it and I definitely didn’t need another woman telling me I shouldn’t have to deal with things like this.

I normally agree with some of the things that Fleet Street Fox writes in the Daily Mirror, but yesterday’s article I just couldn’t agree with.

She was referring to Angelina Jolie as being a hypocrite simply because she made the film Mr & Mrs Smith and one of the scenes was where she and her husband (both off screen and on screen) smashed up their home as they try to kill each other and in real-life she campaigned against sexual violence.

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This is a woman who campaigns against sexual violence one day and sexualises it the next.

In Mr & Mrs Smith her and Brad Pitt’s married characters smash their house up and try to kill each other in a long scene that makes domestic violence look like “normal sexual impulses”.

She knows, as we all do, that domestic abuse thrives on silence and denial, yet she tolerated it in a movie that normalised marital abuse and charges the public a tenner to be titillated by it.

What’s that if it’s not society and modern culture “tolerating” abusers and “letting them get away with it”?

No offence but it is a film…. I bet there are a hundred and one films where we could look at a scene from a movie and turn it into something it is not.  Not once did I or have I ever thought that that scene constitutes domestic violence or ‘sexual violence’ as Fleet Street Fox thinks.

I see it as what the producer wanted you to see… two people who are assigned missions to kill each other and their love for each other stops them.  I don’t see it as sexual violence to women… FFS Angelina gives Brad as good as she gets. :D :D

It is like all this people who say, porn makes paeodphiles or violent games make kids turn violent.  Nope, there is something wrong in their heads in the first place… if you banned violent games and porn, these mixed up kids and adults would still kill each other and paedophiles would still fancy children.

When you look at Tom and Jerry, we would sit and laugh at how that poor cat would come off the worse at times, never did we constitute this as animal abuse.  It was a cartoon… something you laughed at.  Separating TV and Film from reality should be easy.. those that can’t have the problem… and no matter what they watch they will find the violence and sexual innuendo in amongst any programme.  Even good old Tom and Jerry

Gunpowder, treason and plot….

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Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot….

Now I don’t want to be a spoil-sport but FFS do we have to hear fireworks every night of the bloody week leading up to firework night and beyond?  Every night since Diwali, someone around where I live has had fireworks going off.  And it really does upset the animals.

Apart for the loud bangs, I have two dogs who decided to bark at every bang and get all uptight and don’t want to venture outside to do their business.

No-one wants to stop peoples enjoyment, or get fireworks banned, but some thought from those people who are persistently letting fireworks off at any given hour, would be greatly appreciated.

I can remember when I was a child…. fireworks were let off only on the 5th November…. and if there was a firework display then it was organised for the weekend and you went to that… you didn’t have fireworks going every bloody night and well into the night.

Fireworks are beautiful to watch… especially the displays they have at the stroke of midnight to celebrate the coming of the New Year… and of course for our American friends…. Independence Day, but come on… half of these fireworks being let off are by bloody kids walking around the streets.

Yes, there are tighter controls, here in the UK, on who can purchase fireworks… but they don’t seem to be working, do they? For one night of the year you can pacify and animal, but when fireworks go off every night… they soon get frightened and it takes a lot of encouragement for them to venture back out in the dark.  A little consideration please, wouldn’t go amiss.

Tonight is Bonfire Night, and I expect there to be loud bangs and fireworks going off… but that is it… when tonight draws to a close… no more fireworks, please.

RSPCA Guide to Dealing with Animals during Firework Season (Download PDF)

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Change Duvet Cover in under 2 minutes….

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Idon’t know about you, but we have a six foot bed… and changing that duvet is a back-breaker… believe me.  In fact how we do our, or should I say how the other half does ours, is by using pegs and pegging the top of the duvet cover to the inserted duvet and giving a good old shakedown.. but this seems less stressful and so much easier…  Definitely will have to give this a go..

Now don’t go drinking the Vodka

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Now one of the things you can use to clean your worktops, that acts as a disinfectant is Vodka…, which is all good and well, providing you don’t have a tipple…  Other alternatives used as disinfectants are Mouth Wash and Hydrogen Peroxide… Think I will stick to the Vodka… :D :D :D

Lemon Juice and the Microwave….

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Another good tip for cleaning, is using Lemon Juice to clean your microwave. I normally do use the everyday kitchen cleaner you get in the supermarkets to do mine… but again you don’t know what chemicals are left behind even after you have rinsed thoroughly… I’ve just tried this and it works…

DIY SOS

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Oh not in this house… we don’t do DIY SOS we do DIY TT.  The TT standing for Temper Tantrums. To cut a long story short when we moved in our home back in 2002, even though the kitchen was square, the previous owners had put units down two of the sides and then an island in the middle that went from the back wall to three quarters of the length of the kitchen.  Yes, we had loads and loads of cupboard space… but we didn’t have room in the kitchen once our Tibetan Mastiff decided to lay either by the cooker or by the sink.

And of course the other problem was…. the cooker was under the window and the sink was the other side of the room, and you had to navigate around the island to get to the sink with hot pans… not very safe…. believe me, especially if the dog decided to lay down in the kitchen, which he often did when you cooked.

So as we couldn’t afford to have a major kitchen refit… hubby decided to buy some units, fit them and remove the island.  Yes, we lost cupboard space and we still had to walk across the kitchen from the cooker to the sink to drain stuff… but it was a lot better than trying to have navigate around that island.

New kitchen… new floor and hey presto we thought that it was for a good few years.  But alas no!!!  Unfortunately, our Tibetan Mastiff died and we decided to get two Golden Retriever puppies… who loved dismantling the kitchen… bit by bit. Kickboards first, then the corner of a cupboard door and then the floor.  First of all the tiles were gradually being removed and finding their way to their bed and next the hardboard flooring that was laid for the tiles.

And if that wasn’t even… the pups then decided that architrave had a wonderful taste to it and plaster was like eating Ferrero  Rocha, tasty… so three door frames were attacked.

Honestly it was awful… I hated having anyone for dinner the past two years… because I was ashamed of the kitchen…. but we knew that doing the kitchen too soon would be just a waste of money.  So we have waited until the puppies got older and got out of their teething habits.

white country.png Determined that this Christmas, I would not serve up dinner from a half eaten kitchen… I nagged him to do the kitchen.  We could have replaced the doors that were half eaten easily as  I had white Country Pine (as pictured to the left) which you could still buy from B & Q, but due to arthritic hands… trying to clean those grooves was getting too painful, so we opted for new doors.

I wanted doors that didn’t have any mouldings to them… just plain and simple and easily wipeable. Nothing fancy…. as we don’t intend to spend our entire days at this house, as we both want to move closer to the sea and into a bungalow.  So we plummeted for White Gloss Slab.

We had debated as to whether to go for Cream Doors, but I didn’t think they would go with the existing worktops we had, so White Gloss Slab was the only one that caught our eye.

Doors decided upon, colour of paint decided upon, so next job… getting him motivated.  Yes, it was quite a big job as he had to remove the old architrave and replace it with a new one.

So two days booked as holiday from work and kitchen fitting he would go.  The old architrave came off easily… and the new one went on smoothly until it came to a piece that was over the cupboard door.   Could he bang a nail in it?  NO… he tried and tried and still the bloody bit wouldn’t nail to the piece of wood that was there…. so No More Nails it was to be… hoping that would hold it firm enough to drive a securing nail through it….. NO such luck.. By this time frustration was taking over and tempers were getting frayed.  In the end, there was this almighty loud hammering coming from the kitchen with swear words galore, that I couldn’t repeat on this blog… and he really threw his toys out of his pram and spat his dummy out.

Of course, the only thing he achieved was a busted work bench

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My son and I sat in the lounge… and we couldn’t keep our faces straight… and then he appears through the door and says, ‘That’s made me feel better.’  The dogs by this time had decided that the safest place when this hammer-wielding maniac was on the loose was to stay in the garden and peer through the kitchen door and see what was happening.

Of course, his temper tantrum has solved one problem, I now know what to buy him for Christmas …. a new work bench, preferably hammer resistant, if they do one.

As he had to remove the architrave around the doors, we decided to have new skirting boards as well.  Well, they went on smoothly and his bits of plastering which the dogs had chewed off, again went without any hitches.  In fact, they blended in quite well, as we thought they might not match the walls and would look odd.  But surprise, surprise, things started to go smoothly.

And he has now replaced the doors, fitted the handles – after a trip to B & Q to buy bigger knob screws –  and aligned the doors.  New blinds have been fitted… and we are now on the home run.

Our new floor gets laid at the end of November and then all there is to do, is replace the kickboards, and put the doors on the understairs cupboard. He would have loved to have got that finished, but due to the thickness of the floor, that job will have to wait.  I would love to have my plinth lights back… but somehow I think that is putting too much temptation in front of these doggies.   They had eaten through two sets of the lights when pups… and as they love attacking things that sparkle, plinth lights are out of the window for now.

However, I do have to say, after the major temper tantrum and his hard work, the whole kitchen looks a whole lot better… and is sufficient enough should we sell the house in the future.  Mind you I can’t wait until the floor gets laid… and for the whole project to get finished.

And I wanted this done so that I didn’t have to serve dinner from a half eaten kitchen… and guess what?  I’m eating out on Christmas Day :D :D :D Oh well it needed to be done.