Agnes is 3!

Three years of Agnes, the exuberant Welsh Terrier has brought a great deal of joy into our lives and we’re very happy to have this nutty little dog joining us on our DIY adventures.

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The early days

From a tiny puppy to a fully grown, if not entirely mature Weshie, she’s a quirky personality, obsessed with raindrops, holes in the floor and the occasional piece of cheddar cheese.

Agnes will run away at any opportunity, won’t ever come back when called and bites my feet (and only mine) if I step over her when she’s asleep and it really hurts! She’s incredibly gentle with children, loves a cuddle sitting on a lap and is definitely not an alpha dog.

Agnes is a brilliant dog and very much loved. Happy birthday Little A!

The first viewing

On Friday afternoon Big T saw our new flat for the first time. Yes, that’s right, we’re close to completion and he hadn’t even seen it!

Apparently he trusted me when I said he would love it and it was right up his alley. Apparently I was right when I knew it was just the kind of project he’d like to do.

And so we went back for my second look and his first.

For me it was a case of “Yikes, do I really want to do this all again?” and for Big T it was “I can’t wait to get started!” I know him quite well!

The potential is still what I saw in the summer and I know we can make the place fabulous but there is more to do than I originally thought and we will have a lot of work ahead of us once we do the deal.

And then I remembered the reality of renovating in winter, with no heating and no bathroom…



Homeless in London

It looks like we’ll be homeless in a month.

We’ve been given the end of November as a completion date so will need to hand over the keys and vacate the property.

That’s great news except for the fact we have nowhere to go.

Our purchase has stalled as we’re waiting for paperwork from the seller and it’s unlikely that things will be done in a month.

Furniture will have to go into storage and we’ll have to find a short term (hopefully) solution.

Wanted: couple and dog seek dog-friendly accommodation in London for unknown amount of time.


Breakfast with the Lord

This week I broke bread with the Lord. Not in the religious sense, more in the business sense.

Well actually he didn’t eat any carbs so I ate scrambled eggs on toast and he had an egg white omelette which, quite frankly, I’ve never seen the point of.

This was a modern Lord as Lords go, having been the first openly gay Lord in Parliament.

We talked a lot about trends and fashion and how to buy handbags without branding so covered all the essential topics and then, with breakfast finished, it was off to work for me.

Dare I say lording it?


For the first time in four years of cycling to work, I got that deflated feeling as I had my first puncture.

On one hand I can’t believe I’ve stayed puncture-free for so long and on the other hand, there’s nothing like pushing your bike home for forty minutes when it would normally take fifteen minutes to cycle.

I was up bright and early to push my bike to the nearest repair shop (twenty minutes walk) and ordered two lovely new puncture-resistant tyres to replace the old, cracked chaps I’ve worn out.

I had serious bike envy as neon-clad cyclists zipped past me as we limped along and then sadly I had to get the bus to work.

I’ll be back on my wheels tomorrow. Luckily it’s only one day!


For the first time someone (other than us) mentioned a possible completion date where we finally exchange contracts. Things do not move quickly!

This is exciting news as it looks like things are actually moving forward and we might actually be moving. Of course nothing’s definite until those keys change hands but it’s getting more optimistic with each passing day.

Ideally we would like to move out and move in on the same day. This would avoid us having to put everything in storage and foist ourselves on the father of Big T which I’m sure would be preferable for us all.

I think the end of November would be our earliest date. Can it really all happen in the next month? Let’s see what happens next…


Finally, after four months of nothing happening, our prospective buyers organised a survey which happened today.

It’s a positive sign that they are serious, that they are willing to pay for a survey and we are getting slightly closer to a completion date.

That is, unless they find something which causes them to pull out…

Let’s hope not!