Potato planting and wallpapering

Rachel and Elizabeth at the allotment

We planted some potatoes at the allotment today. Lately Elizabeth has become interested in gardening because she has idyllic visions of being self-sufficient. I can remember going through a phase like this when I was about her age. At the time it motivated me to try making my own soap which I did with a… Continue reading Potato planting and wallpapering

Wallpaper on every wall in an attic bedroom

Elizabeth's bedroom has had a makeover. A couple of months ago we decided she needed a desk but it wasn't as simple as just buying it. The only spot in her room for the desk was taken up with a built-in bookcase and when I pulled out the bookcase I discovered some hidden pipes. This… Continue reading Wallpaper on every wall in an attic bedroom

The weather, heating, and more wallpaper

The weather is dreadful today. I think I should be given honorary British citizenship for complaining about it. It has been raining non-stop for days now and today is exceptionally windy. If I don't get exercise every day I get fractious and mopey and while I don't mind cycling in the rain and snow, I… Continue reading The weather, heating, and more wallpaper

When mama papered the bedroom

Today I wall-papered the spare bedroom. It was my first attempt at wallpapering and although it was just one wall, it was a very tricky wall because it has a window and lots of corners. Being a Victorian house it's also a very high wall at more than 3m. Here's the before pic: Despite people… Continue reading When mama papered the bedroom

Code and wallpaper

Daniel has been making some games on the code.org site. Here's one of his games: https://studio.code.org/c/139419179 To win you need to capture one of the rebel fighters which will make some tauntauns appear. Then capture one tauntaun and three flying bird things (mynocks) will appear and you'll need to capture all three of these. Avoid the… Continue reading Code and wallpaper


I've been ripping wall paper from a wall in the spare bedroom in our new home. I've never done this before and only began because it had started peeling away already and looked rather unsightly. The wallpaper has come off fairly easily but the backing paper sticks so I spray it with water and then scrape it… Continue reading Wallpaper