Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

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Bathroom Blues

by Russell Turner - 17:36 on 11 February 2019

Suddenly it’s quiet in The Rural Retreat. There’s still a full complement of cats but Matchgirl is away in Shetland, dodging Viking germs (they’re rampant, it seems), and the in-house stress level has dropped dramatically. It’s all down to our new bathroom.

The last few weeks have found The Interior Design Queen poring over catalogues and feverishly browsing the internet in a bid to find the perfect combination of bath, sanitaryware, shower (and screen), taps (they’re extra, you know), vanity cabinet, radiator, lighting, floor coverings, wet-wall coverings and dry-wall paint available within her budget (as the state of my bank balance means I’ll be adding little financial support).

This has caused much angst. Do we want classic, rustic or modern styles? How wide should the bath be? How high should the shower screen go? As for the paint, someone who has difficulty with two choices was always going to struggle with a palette of squillions, each colour one Pantone different from the next. We settled in the end for a shade named Dance of the Goddesses. It still looked white to me.

Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, assuming that everything Mr Plumber and Matchgirl have ordered arrives in time. He, and presumably his assistant, will have got down to business (touch wood) a few hours before Matchgirl returns from Shetland, which means she may be in time to see how they get the huge old iron bath downstairs. There could be carnage.

By the end of next week (please) our tatty bathroom, probably little changed since the Seventies, will become a haven of peace, tranquility and relaxation. Just as well. I’ll need somewhere to go when discussions begin on the kitchen revamp.

Comment from Mayzelle Bailey at 20:42 on 11 February 2019.
they will break up the bath before bringing it downstairs or at least that is what they did with mine! good luck with the bath room.
Comment from Russell at 22:16 on 11 February 2019.
The cats will love that!
Comment from Matchgirl at 20:18 on 12 February 2019.
Make sure that those cats don't try to sneak under the floorboards!
Comment from Russell at 22:28 on 12 February 2019.
They'll probably move next door for the week. :-)
Comment from Soo at 15:18 on 13 February 2019.
kitchen revamp? Did I read that correctly? Will this include a new cooker
Comment from Russell at 08:14 on 14 February 2019.
It will include a new most things, money permitting, although there might not be much left after the bathroom. But these things take time. I wouldn't bank on a new cooker when you're up in April. :-)

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