This is the way we make the blinds

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



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