The Mediocre Dad (formerly Henry's Blog) Blog

The first attack on the monster in the garden… 0

The first attack on the monster in the garden…

Once again today we were lucky enough to have the help of the might Claire and Dave (and Otis the dog – not that he helped much!) and decided we’d give the garden a...

Almost finished now… well, this room at least! 0

Almost finished now… well, this room at least!

We awoke on Monday morning to find that in a couple of patches where we’d painted over Damp-proof paint – only on the walls where the stupid old tenant had papered over plaster –...

Even more room, even less time. 0

Even more room, even less time.

On a bright Sunday morning we got back to work, with the first job of the day being to apply damp-proof paint to the external walls. We decided not to go all the way...

Spare Bedroom, not spare time. 0

Spare Bedroom, not spare time.

The original plan for this weekend was to fix up a few odds and sods before May, when we’ve got almost zero free time to play with. Things like the skirting boards and woodwork...

The first proper barbecue of the season 0

The first proper barbecue of the season

On Saturday the 2nd of April we hosted the first (proper – i.e. not sat at a workbench!) barbecue of the season. Ros and Keith and baby Barney came round to help us test...

eBay fun with furniture 0

eBay fun with furniture

Having been looking around for sideboards and garden furniture in all the traditional places, but to no avail, Henry made the big mistake of introducing Sara to the delights of eBay. 10 minutes later...

The hallway painting is finished. 0

The hallway painting is finished.

This entry is a culmination of days, as the painting of the hall is a) by no means that exciting, and b) no way exciting enough to warrant more than a page’s worth of...

Mirror Mirror, on the wall… 0

Mirror Mirror, on the wall…

Once again finding ourselves at a (rare) loose end this weekend, we decided to crack on with all the little jobs that have been gagging to get finished. These included, in no particular order:...

Skirting the Issue 0

Skirting the Issue

Having come back from a week in sunny Portugal (to bloody cold Snow!), we were suitably refreshed to start work on the house again. But before we got on with any more interesting projects,...

Messing with Fire 0

Messing with Fire

As is often the case on a Sunday, Sara had a pile of work to do for the week ahead, so Henry decided to retreat to the man-sanctuary of the garage to do some...