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25 September 2009 @ 07:31 pm
mini house update  
I've been meaning to do a proper house update with photos and all for the last ages. Instead, here's a mini one.

It's now liveable, but not homely. We spend an essentially random number of nights in it each week. We're here now, from yesterday evening to either Sunday or Monday night. The longest we've stayed so far is four nights.

For the past while, the top four things that needed to be done are:

  • Driving licence for me
  • Curtains in the bedroom
  • Drinkable and safe for appliances water
  • Post box

I've started back on driving lessons. I had been practising in the meantime, so I basically can drive, just amn't good enough to pass a test. I applied for the test anyway, but with an old form, so they sent it back looking for more money. That's almost ready to send again - just need to get a stamp. My hill starts are generally good; my reversing around a corner is terrible. I'm not looking forward to living here without being able to drive on my own, because I'll essentially be trapped.

We have blinds in the bedroom, so we're ok for privacy, but they let an awful lot of light in. At the moment, we're taping cardboard up to block the light. We have some curtain poles bought, but not put up yet. I've more or less chosen curtain material and style, but need to get prices. I don't really know what's a reasonable price for curtains, but this fabric is not the cheapest :-( I'm also trying to sort curtains and blinds for a couple of other rooms, but finding the decision making hard. I think I'm going to start with choosing the paint in the kitchen first. I've painted up some boards with various shades of green. Probably going for either a sage or a lime green. The ones we initially chose are too pale.

Our water has too much iron and manganese and an unpleasant smell. Also some probably harmless biology. The coliforms can probably be dealt with by a once off treatment (there was water standing around the well & flowing back in; that's sorted now). Nuteile is investigating filter providers. He's found lots. Now it's a matter of choosing between them.

Bought a post box in Argos yesterday. Nuteile has just attached it to the gate while I was writing thing. Yay! We've no house numbers or names, just the townlon, so next step is to let the post office know. Post is one of the top things because our Dublin lease is up next month, so we need an address.
Current Location: Kilkenny
Current Music: nuteile moving stuff
verenkaverenka on September 25th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
I was really surprised how expensive curtains are, because I underestimated the amount of fabric you need. It's twice the window width or something, isn't it? I ended up buying premade curtains from Ikea. I never shortened them or washed them. That'a another thing for my to do list I don't want to contemplate..
a very caring potatomollydot on September 25th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
I haven't been to Ikea yet. It's a little awkward for me. I will go at some point though.

I think the amount is something like that :-( And I'll need to pay to have them made too, as I don't sew. My mum has offered, but she's not familiar with the style I want, so I think it's best she not. Someone was going to give me a quote, but hasn't got back to me yet. I'll remind her once I've got a quote from another place.
holmesfanholmesfan on September 26th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
Would certainly be wise to get quotes for curtain making - you'd be surprised how they can vary. Also be careful if choosing a patterned fabric as matching can require extra fabric unless you choose vertical stripes.

I was very surprised to read "reversing around a corner is terrible". Would that be something required when you do a test for your licence? I am sure we don't have that as part of our testing. Horrible thought. I would - if possible - always go round a block if possible to avoid reversing around a corner. The amount of backing that may arise when endeavouring to park at kerbside is enough of a worry. Do you also have to sit written testing?
Good luck with the acquisition of your licence.
a very caring potato: drivingmollydot on September 26th, 2009 08:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, the one I'm thinking of has a pattern. Bah.

Yea, we have to reverse round a corner to our left. You might use it reversing out of, or into, a driveway. Or when parking. We don't have to do an emergency stop though, which is part of the UK test. Don't know about NZ.

I'm not even attempting to parallel park. The instructor is glad it's not on the test - he'd hate to teach it in a non-power-steering car!

I had to sit a written to get the provisional/learner licence (same thing for us. How about NZ? I know Aus has two). I think there'll be some verbal testing and pointing out bits in the car.

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a very caring potato: houseplansmollydot on September 26th, 2009 10:33 am (UTC)
Unfortunately I don't. My mum has offered, but I want the ones where it's more or less flat, with big eyelets that the curtain pole goes through, but she's not familiar with that and asks about how much material I want in the pleats (there's no pleats). On the positive side, at a guess it's probably the style that requires the least material.

I might try a cheap material myself in another room, but as the one I want is twice the price of some of the cheaper ones I've seen (luckily not 5 times) I'm certainly not going to risk it on this. Also, it'd take me a year to do :-)
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a very caring potato: houseworkmollydot on September 26th, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
Yea, it'd certainly be handy.
The Milkman of Human Kindnessradegund on September 27th, 2009 10:19 am (UTC)
Oh, so exciting to hear how close everything is! Hadn't realised your Dublin lease was up so soon.

By the way, I'd be delighted to provide curtain consultancy :-) I'm afraid they are one of those things that tend to be way more expensive than you'd expect. Even after you've come to terms with the cost of the main fabric, be prepared to buy the same quantity of lining (if you're lining them), as well as whatever they'll need for the heading (facing, I'd imagine, and the eyelets themselves).

The pattern matching thing doesn't necessarily add a huge amount: just the full "length of repeat" (i.e. how long it takes for the pattern to come back around to the same point - that could be anything from a few cm to half a metre or more) for each "drop" (i.e. single length of fabric - you join several drops to make the curtain).

I haven't made an eyelet-headed curtain before, but I'd guess that it would take about as much fabric as a double pleat - i.e. twice the width of the curtain pole in total. But the makers would be able to advise on that.

OK, confession: I'm itching to offer to make these! But I don't think I should, really - timewise, plus I'd need to find out how to do eyelets :-) If you're really appalled by the quotes you get, let me know and we'll work something out.
a very caring potato: reasons to procrastinatemollydot on September 27th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

I'm not sure how long a repeat is. More than a couple of cm. Did you see the photo in the next post?

I've mailed the shop for a quote, but they don't seem entirely sure what I'm talking about. I thought "eyelet style" would be enough of a description, but apparently not. I've mailed a more detailed description and a link to a photo. I was talking in detail to someone else who does know what I'm talking about, but hasn't got back to me with a quote. I'll remind her when I've got myself together more (she's quoting on blinds too, and another curtain option).

Well, I'll have other curtain needs coming up sometime. Maybe life will allow it more then :-) I'll let you know what the quotes are anyway, and perhaps you can let me know if I should be appalled :-)