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Darryl blog thing!


Time for an update of stuff I have been doing which was not mentioned in detail on the blog, be warned, there might be some time travelling backwards a few months!

Most importantly, our local supermarket is selling another brand of English tea! I actually hated this brand while I lived on that stupid little island but I am very homesick these days, so any English foods and drinks are great for me 😀


Okay, onto real stuff. The electricians noticed that our kitchen worktop was too large and that it would stick out beyond the doorway! So I had to create a new wall inside the doorway to make the wall long enough to contain our kitchen ambitions, it was tricky, but I am getting quite confident at making walls now 😀



I had to make some fancy wall section as the wall stuck out more before the doorway compared to after the doorway, turned out ok!

By the way: I did 2 more things that I did not take any pics of for some reason. 1 Was that I put wood planks on the ceiling at 40cm distances so we could put ceiling panels up there. 2 was that I then put insulation up there. AND 3 is that I dug up the floor in the kitchen AND removed all the wood-chip insulation to reveal the sewage pipes, then the plumbers did some shit, then I covered it all up again, IT WAS HARD AND TOOK AGES. Plumbers are lazy bastards and I will never forgive them. Yeah, I am salty as fuck about that. Plumbers have literally wasted weeks or months of this project, no other type of workmen has wasted so much of our time. I’ll take a lot of pleasure next time Mario gets eaten by a turtle next time I have a nostalgia session and play an old Mario game! Plumbers succkkkkkkkkkkkk.

Next thing to do was to make the arch between the green room and the kitchen. We noticed the walls I had made months ago were not the same width, so I made new wall sections to make it symetrical.

I think I had not made them symetrical for a reason at the time, but I don’t remember why!


After some precision chopping, I made an archway! Not too bad for a first try.


Here is the other side, with the wood exposed.


Jesper did not help, but he was very tired anyway!


He woke up though once we filled the food bucket! (This is just where we store food, he is not supposed to eat from here!)


We also went to some hippy festival thing, it was pretty cool and there was an oldschool arcade in there! We learned that M is freaking badass at street fighter! …and most other fighting games we tried. OR maybe I am terrible at them, who knows!


Then Summer suddenly happened! We have a nice yellow meadow garden, I should really cut it but I am too busy doing house stuff and our lawn mower is totally seriously crap 😀


We discovered a stash of cocaine under the floor, M especialy enjoyed it:


After a week or so of plastering between the plasterboards, (WHICH IS HARD AND STRESSFULL) it was time to start painting the undercoat (stupid white paint):



Eventually after 2 layers, it was done, at it looked pretty good! Most of my silly n00b plastering mistakes were covered up by the paint, phew!



Of course, the next step was to make everything green!


After making it green, the next step was to put up the ceiling panels, some super strong tattoo’ed girl turned up to do the sawing!



It went pretty smoothly, we had an expert chopping the panels, and the they slotted together really easily:


Before long, it was done!


This weekend, M is on some weird choir trip, so rather than wasting time on the jungle (garden) I decided to put the kitchen floor in.

It went pretty smoothly, but after a while there were some uneven parts of the floor, so I added more underlay foam stuff to those sections so the floor would (wood) har har not wobble.

The original floor in the kitchen is really messy as I had to take a large part of it out to reveal the sewage pipes for the stupid plumber as it was obviously a too big job for them. I then had to re-make the floor out of whatever wood I could find, so it is not totally flat and even.


I had to make a cute square hole thing for the sink sewage pipes:


After 5 hours, a few bucket of sweat, and a fantastic Sherlock Holmes audiobook later, it was done!



That is all for now! I expect next week I will start making the IKEA kitchen stuff, exciting!


Happy vappu!


Vappu is the traditional Finnish celebration of the 1st of May, where you get drunk, assemble at a market place or park and stab someone (as opposed to Juhannus, which is the celebration of Midsumer, where you get drunk, go swimming and drown yourself). Some might argue it’s a celebration with balloons, wigs and funny hats, but I’m pretty insistent on my perception and thus never celebrated. 

This year, however having nothing short of summer (actually, I pointed out earlier how absurd summer is without any swallows), we decided to celebrate with the less traditional barbecue at home. 

First, we wanted to do some garden work. We bought a wheel barrow yesterday that needed assembling. So T handled that job while I raked the “sitting area” so it would be a bit nicer for our barbecue. 

Wheel barrel, assemble!

Now that T is the proud owner of both wheel barrel, wellies and a new spade, he was eager to start digging again. The plan is to dig a “path” out of our garden for the water, and then fill it up with something easily flooding through. We might add some stones or tiling on the top to make it a walkable path but we haven’t decided yet. I did my usual walking around taking pictures of everything I find interesting. 

 These look interesting, I wonder what they will be when they grow up!

I really like the shade of green of these swirly ones. 

Jesper came to keep us company and see what we were up to now and then. (We are slowly getting used to Kasper only popping in for about 4-5 hours once it gets dark.) He thought having his own pond flavoured drink dispenser was very handy!

Speaking of pond, we’ve only had it for a day, and already there are waterboatmen in it?!

Before long it was time to start the barbecue. 

Sun, barbecue, beer and f1 on the laptop. Does it get any better than this? We think not. 

All full of delicious food, T went back to digging and I went on to blogging. He warned me my face and shoulders are turning rather pink. Not sure if it’s visible on the picture, since it’s hard to make out things on a phone when you’re out in the sun. 

Friday picture spam


Last post’s plea for aid to recognise a growing plant seemed a lot too easy. (I was told it was some sort of thistle). 

How about this one?

I think they could well be dandelions, but I’ve never seen them look so frail and salady

Today was an awesomely sunny day again so here’s a picture of the hvitveis!

T dug up some more bones and I added my foot for size comparison. 

Have we discovered a dog’s old cache?
T also wanted to experiment with the bog, so he dug a (submarine shaped) hole!

Indoors team Luigi seems to be all done for now, all pipes and sewage is in place. But that’s boring, so here’s a pic of Jesper chilling in the garden with us instead. 

Meanwhile, I’ve heard it’s snowing in Norway. 

There goes our toilet!


I also realised that I don’t think there are any “before” pictures of the downstairs toilet. So just imagine this has a horrible rubber floor and a toilet. 

We had team Luigi (since we gave up on Mario. I think it was Luigi, Yoshi and Princess Peach) in today fixing up our sewers. I’m very much hoping the toilet we ordered online on Tuesday (1-3 days delivery) will be delivered tomorrow so they can install it before the weekend. But what’s life without some excitement?!

Upstairs the roof guys (are they bathroom guys now?) started working on the bathroom yesterday. I was really surprised to see how quickly they got the outlines done!

They even Paroced for us, not sure if it makes their job easier or if they just had a “why not” moment. T had moved the Paroc from the immediate entrance upstairs not long ago. 

I did another garden inspections today. Always exciting to see just what is growing there! Very happy to see a lot of anemone nemorosa (seriously Brits, you don’t have a proper name for them?!) growing here and there, but the weather is really gray today so I didn’t bother with a picture. We all know what hvitveis/valkovuokko looks like anyway. 

I did however take a picture of this rather hostile looking thing growing up between the grass and moss:

Anyone know wha it might be when it grows up?

I also fear a lot of the very strong looking flowers here and there are turning out to be daffodils (achoo!!!) but we do have a nice patch of rhubarb popping up! Yey! Which T went to inspect and what he found nearby is not for the weak (you’ve been warned)

We are pretty sure that’s bone. Time to ask the neighbours if the old lady had a dog, I think… We sure as hell hope these are animal bones or this place just got a whole lot creepier *shudder*



And so I’ve discovered yet another thing which is fun to do even if you have no clue what you’re doing!

It was super sunny and nice on Monday so I decided to try out my new clippers. I have no idea (nor memory) of what’s growing in our garden, so my gardening runs on the principle of “if it’s brown and ugly, get rid of it, if it’s green, let it grow”. So I decided to cut down all the ugly tall dead sticks which were dominant in three patches. Also tried to trim one bush into shape, it looks slightly less messy now. So these sticks are basically a hollow stick with several bell like seed full pods on the top. Since I was crouching down most of the time, I ended up shaking the seeds out of the pods and have them rain over me. I probably had a hundred or so stuck in my hair, but I tried shaking most of them out in the garden. Regardless I found a couple at choir practice.  

Pen added for size comparison. 
Today (another beautiful T-shirt weather day) we decided to trim the apple tree. T bravely climbed up into the tree and chopped some thinner branches with the even newer (we went to K-Rauta yesterday to look at toilets and returned with gardening equipment, a mop and floor for the green room) long reach clippers and sawed off a couple bigger ones. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures. Also think I really should have before/after pics of all garden things, since the difference is quite remarkable. Oh well, next year. I also trimmed the pear tree and chopped down the dead ferns. 

Three hours flew by out in the sun. Yey!