Wednesday September 13, 2006
The roller blind making bits I brought back from Taunton the other day consisted of:
- One plastic bag containing long metal tubes
- One plastic bag containing shorter metal tubes
- One plastic bag containing a bunch of metal and plastic bits to make up the ends of the tubes and provide a winding mechanism for each blind
- One very long plastic bag containing a very long cardboard tube round which was wound a length of hideously expensive light-opaque fabric in a plain milky coffee colour, destined to provide blinds for the six windows in the living room and bedroom.[*]
[*]The remaining five blinds, for the kitchen and the second, third and fourth bedrooms are to be fashioned from fabric we have in a box somewhere.
Today we bought a few inexpensive bits of tool kit consumables:
- One junior hacksaw and blades
- One Stanley knife [packaging knife] and blades
- One pack masonry drill bits
- One pack wall plugs with necessary screws
All you need in addition to the above when it comes to putting blinds up at the windows is:
- One handyman named Graham, raring to go
- One willing assistant, ready and willing to make and serve tea on demand
The handyman was fetched home for his ‘weekend’ late yesterday/early this morning and, after a well-earned sleep, was foot-tappingly anxious to get stuck in to the task just as soon as we’d got ourselves ready to fetch the tool kit things from the DIY store. The tea-making assistant has been here all along.
And so the day went, consuming much tea and coffee, aided by a modicum of conversation and laughter, and finished with one and a half bottles of decent Australian plonk. Dinner was toad-in-the-hole, served with potatoes roasted with bacon bits, onion and rosemary, and a helping of lighty boiled shredded savoy cabbage with thinly sliced leeks. To follow, we had our eternal favourite: Yeo Valley organic plum yogurt.
Graham had set himself the target of finishing the blinds for the living room windows—comprising of a three-window bay and a double casement. He got it done and, when we repaired to the living room after dinner, I expressed my appreciation.
“You’ve done a grand job there, chookey-boots.”
“Thanks. Wish I had another day so’s I could go on to do the other rooms.”
“Ah well. Next week will come round soon enough.”
“Yup. Can’t wait. Bedtime?”
“Oh, yes. Bedtime.”
Installing the blinds