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Thursday, June 21, 2012

All in a Day's Work!

Finally at the end of last summer we did what we'd been saying we'd do for 12 years! The Man tore down the walls in our tiny bedroom and made ready for the decoration and finishing touches -- which he is now making ready for when I get down there (sooner rather than later, I can hope)! So this afternoon I got down to it and gathered the mediocre films and combined them to show you what he got up to last September!



So far this summer he has re-wired the room -- cleared out the loft above the flat part of the ceiling and put in some recessed lights. In addition he has torn off the terrible wallpaper that remained and put up the lining paper. The fitted carpet is ready and waiting for him to take care of as soon as the wallpaper is hung. The biggest part of the project is building a closet along the far wall -- where that ghastly wardrobe is seen standing in the film. We had hoped to have our next door carpenter neighbour build the closet, but 2,700 euros was not the price we had in mind by a long shot! So The Man will do it himself. The wardrobe may have been ghastly -- it is now in pieces -- but it held a lot of stuff: 3 sets of sheets, numerous towels, not to mention clothes and clothes and clothes, plus shoes -- now all is packed away in various storage bags and guests will have to live out of their suitcases because I have purloined what storage space was provided in the other two bedrooms!

Italian Opera, Classic fm
Il Trovatore, Anvil Chorus
Naxos 8.553963
Slovak Philharmonic Chorus
Slovak Radioi Symphony Orchestra
Copyright: 1998 Naxos Records

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  1. I think The Broad should give at least some production credit to The Man.
    BTW - great music

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    1. I have taken your advice and The Man is given credit!

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  2. Thank you for your helpful information, why I could not work that out for myself I have no excuse at all!
    I now look forward to following your French renovations and adventures.

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    1. Nice to see you over here. I must admit, I stared at that button for ages trying to fathom what the hell was going on!

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  3. I think you're pretty handy with video production. Looking forward to the next release. Sooner, not later; hope you're there soon.

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    1. Well I've had some fun this afternoon anyway! I expect by the time I get there it will be a fait accompli!

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  4. The man is one hard worker. This isn't the master bedroom, is it? This space is going to be a lot more inviting after eliminating that pesky wall.

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    1. Yes, the master bedroom it is! We had two bedrooms the same size. The other one was done a long time ago. It is now smaller than this one will be because we tore the wall down that separated it from the stairway. We had a long 'discussion' as to how noisy it would be as the living room is directly below. However, after 12 years I gave in!!

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  5. Gracious...if that video gets out he'll be deluged by people begging him to help them out!
    2,700 euros for a closet! Was the man thinking rare woods and pure gold handles?

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    1. No, indeed. We were really surprised. 10 years ago, before his father retired, the old man built us a staircase, fitted into the wall, made of oak, for 1200FF. We thought at the outside it would be the equivalent of that. His son has now taken over and it would have been made of pine and the shelves of man made material. It was quite a shock -- we really wanted to give them the work, too.

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  6. Dear Broad, oh I so enjoyed that video. The music you chose made me laugh. Your husband was working so hard and there you were filming all his exertion. And yes, I heard you laugh too! I liked hearing that laughter and your voice as I now know what your voice sounds like should I ever get to England and get to visit with you.

    He certainly had the clean-up well planned. In the bucket, out the window, into the trailer! I so look forward to seeing all that's happened this summer, but without your being there I suppose there will be no video. Please show us the final product! Peace.

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    1. It took a while to figure the mechanics of removing all the detritus -- we had to be careful not to break any roof tiles. 'We'! I should say 'he'! (I actually had some input here!)

      I do plan to show the final product! I did offer to help him, but he didn't want me in his way -- Lucky me! Besides I think he is pleased to have a video account of his efforts...

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  7. I am unable to play the video but it sounds like things are going well. You just have to get there to help him :) Diane

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  9. Boo hoo, can't open the video. How wonderful though to have everything done by the time you get there eh?
    P.S. Since everyone is commenting on it, what IS the background music on the video?

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    1. Oh, Astrid! Sorry I inadvertently mucked up my You Tube settings! Should be fixed now!

      Background music is the Anvil aria from il Travatore..

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  10. Certainly sounds like a huge amount of work, and well done to The Man on that, but the video says "this is a private video" so I can't see it :-(

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    1. Should be fixed now, Sully. Thanks for letting me know! Didn't mean to do that!

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  11. Well, look at all the money you are saving! My guests have a tiny amount of space to hang their clothes, as I have spread my things in three different bedrooms. Isn't that the way most of us live? We take up as much space as possible. I guess it's time to re-think space.

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    1. Just goes to show how invaluable that ugly ghastly wardrobe was! Here in England I must confess that since the boys left home, I have extended my storage to other areas in the house. It keeps the brain cells working though, Rosaria -- just remembering where this shirt, that skirt, and those trousers have been shoved!!!

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  12. Dear Broad
    What a great video! I laughed and laughed - the Anvil Chorus was SO appropriate!! Seriously, tnough, I do hope it wasn't asbestos that the Man was breaking up - all that dust looked most ominous. But the window-to-trailer method was quite brilliant. Hope the rest of the refurb job goes well - you must be longing to get over there to see what he's done now. Hope the passport arrives very soon.

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    1. No, it's not asbestos! The French use these panels of a cross between chalk and plaster of Paris -- or at least they did the late 70's when these walls were put in place.

      Fingers crossed the passport office comes through for me in record time -- I've decided to pay the extra money for an expedited service. What is really frustrating is that I can't even make an airline reservation until I have the thing in my hands...

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  13. While I'm past the point of doing renovations, I could see The Man was doing a dandy job.

    I hope the place is exquisite when it is finished.

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    1. Oooh Rob-bear, I love that word 'exquisite'! What's amazing is that The Man really seems to enjoy it -- loves the sense of accomplishment when it's finished.

      And this year he has his brother and sister-in-law who have taken over the job of cutting back the orchard (grim work)so he can now concentrate on the bedroom!

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  14. WOW and all in 3 minutes 35 seconds!! Does 'the Man' come on loan?

    He's very well dressed for the job. One day I'll post a pic (I don't think I'm up to a video) of my 'Man' in renovation dress!

    Well done, I look forward to seeing the finished job .... in about 5 minutes?

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    1. Probably 10 minutes -- he keeps shirking work with cups of tea or coffee! ;-)

      Give the 'movie-making' program in Windows a go some time -- it's quite straightforward, but also fun! Though this new version in Windows 7 is not as good as the one I got used to using in XP -- or at least there were elements I couldn't find!

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  15. G'day Broad. That's a great film. I enjoyed watching your man hard at work. I am sure it will all look just fabulous when it is finished. I look forward to seeing photos of it. Take care. Liz...

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    1. I look forward to being able to take those photos! Thanks, Liz!

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  16. WOW! Impressive! Loved the solution to getting rid of the rubbish :-)

    Must say The Man is a very tidy demolitions person! Looking forward to seeing the result. I bet it will look fabulous :-)

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  17. I think it's military training that makes him a tidy demolitions person! Can't wait to see the result myself!

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  18. For some reason I couldn't see the video yesterday, but today, it played fine.....a wonderful performance, although I did worry a little about the costume....would a mask have added to the dramatic effect ( and protected lungs at the same time )All in all, a great show, love the soundtrack. J

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  19. I had inadvertently clicked 'private' on my You Tube account! Get The Man to wear a mask is always problematic!

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  20. Very cool and isn't it nice to have a man around who knows how to do stuff like this?

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  21. What I want to know is what was that partition doing there in the first place? The space is so much more attractive this way. Clever man!

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    1. Friko, you have given me a very good idea for a post -- not the next one, but the one after! We were very very cramped in there -- The Man was forever bumping his head and moaning...

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  22. Gosh, The Man did a sterling job there, Broad. Can't wait to see the pictures of the finished product. :-) It's also good to know that your house isn't finished after 12 year - it makes our 9 years and counting not look quite so bad....

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