Sunday, 18 December 2011

Lucas' 1st Birthday

A year has passed and Bubs is 1 already!

Lucas' party has been and gone and was a huge success...I think.

In attendance was, and in order of arrival throughout the day:


Lucas (Birthday boy)
Claudie B


Steve (Euan's Dad)
Helen (Euan's Mum)
Dan (Claudie B's Dad)
Gemma (Olive's Mum)
Dave (Isaac's Dad
Kath (Isaac's Mum)
Tom (Olive's Dad)
Jason (Ruby's Dad)
Sarah (Ruby's Mum)

A selection of videos and photos of the party for your perusal, but before then, a quick look back at the day he was born.

By the look of it, Lucas wasn't impressed with his owl cake.

Easy Rider, indeed!

Thanks to everyone who came to Bubs' big day and apologies that not everybody could be invited. Maybe next year we'll hire somewhere bigger to accommodate us all.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Skirting boards

After almost a year of not having them, the skirting boards (7" Torus) have finally landed! Oh man, people take skirting boards for granted!

My Dad, with a small amount of assistance from me, started fitting the new skirts.

Special thanks to Aud and Les for all their hard work...the cheapest labour in town! 

One of the nicest weekends I've had in a long time. Bubs loved it.

There's just the small matter of painting them now!

Some before and after pics.

Lucas' sweet moves!

He's proper walking!

Wednesday, 18 May 2011


Lucas, in various locations.

Living room

New Brighton Beach

New Brighton Beach

West Kirby beach


New Brighton - The Olive Tree Bistro

Living room

Living room

Tuesday, 17 May 2011


The sycamore at the bottom of the garden has finally gone. Well, it's been taken down to waist height. You see, the tree had grown through the old railings and the chainsaw couldn't cut below a certain height.
Anyway, after a few hours Paul the tree surgeon, with help from Tom (Deb's dad), finished the job. The rest of the tree stump will have to be hacked away gradually.

Paul's tribute to Tom.

Although most of the tree was taken away, the tree surgeon cut up a few logs for us for our, yet to be purchased, log burner.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

The secret garden

It's been a while since my last blog about the progress of the garden (18/10/10). I thought I'd share with you the current status.

We're hoping the garden will be in a much better state by the summer.

With help from my Dad and Mum, we started to clear and level the raised rear section of the garden.

I had no idea just how many bricks and rocks could be in such a small built-up area.

As well as levelling the garden we wanted to remove the old wrought iron railings which belonged to the old college (now demolished). I'm guessing the railings had stood for about 100+ years.

My Dad has taken down most of the railings with help from his 2 angle grinders.

Here's a selection of death traps the previous owner of the house hammered into the garden walls. Amongst other things, over 50 nails removed!

After removing more than enough rubble from the bottom of the garden, we found a couple of Victorian tiles. Similar tiles to the original ones used to make the fireplace hearth in our spare bedroom.

This is the most up-to-date pic so far. Most of the railings have now been removed. We're currently in discussions with a tree surgeon to have the big sycamore taken down.

Oh yeah, my folks got us a security light and my Dad and I fitted it above the french doors. After some fiddling it now works a treat.

That's all for now.