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happy birthday border

Postby hifinutt » Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:32 pm

I see its borders birthday , no doubt 21 again ;D

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Postby border » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:33 pm

Yes for over the third time round.
Thanks for the thought.

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Postby SteveC » Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:02 pm

I trust that you had a good day.

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Postby border » Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:44 am

I did thanks.
I have just retired to North Devon and bought a rickety old bungalow.
It has taken me a while to get the floor level for the hi fi and cd racks as it falls front to back and side to side.
Having achieved this I spent my birthday happily unpacking the system,setting up and listening.
Does this make me a very sad person

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Re: happy birthday border

Postby jules » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:08 am

border wrote:... I spent my birthday happily unpacking the system,setting up and listening.
Does this make me a very sad person


I think you answered your own question there! ;)

Happy Brithday 8)

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Postby hifinutt » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:02 am

wow , how exciting border . does it need a lot of work ? nice views etc sounds like a wonderful project . we could have a cyrus forum working party to help you !!!
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Postby border » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:08 am

Oh Yes.
New roof,new garage roof,complete re-wire,removal of wet cavity wall insulation,new upvc doors and windows,complete re-plumb and new heating system,kitchen,bathroom and then all the finishing touches such as flooring and decorating.
I needed a project to stop me from becoming bored so I bought a 1970`s built property,probably one of the worst periods for shoddy building since we left the caves.It has more leaks than I care to mention and if it had been a boat would probably have sunk years ago.If I can remember how to post pics I will post some later showing the reasons for my errant behaviour in risking all I have on this pile of poo.
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That is the main reason.The view from left to right from my lounge patio doors and kitchen window.Though the kitchen is no longer there now and the front is all one open plan room.

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Re: happy birthday border

Postby julianh » Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:12 pm

That looks wonderful. I dream of being able to retire to North Devon as I have a lot of family in the Bideford area but I doubt I'll be able to achieve that unless my three children all leave home in the next few years! My family and I will be down in North Devon over Easter for a few days break.
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Postby border » Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:37 pm

Not easy for kids these days,they have my complete sympathy.
When I left school you could change jobs on a weekly basis if you wanted to and finding pleasant and affordable accommodation though not easy (London) was certainly not as tough as it is now.
All the earnings have to go on rent and bills leaving precious little to be able to save for a deposit on a place of their own.
Hope the weather picks up for your Easter visit,it`s been cold,wet and windy lately but today is much better.

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Postby hifinutt » Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:39 pm

ah thanks so much border . sounds like a LOT of work . interesting you had to take out wet cavity wall stuff . I am always nervous of this stuff . I spent from march to dec last year renovation a wreck of a 70`s house . rental property which had been bodged badly .

had to gut it from artex wrapped around every door frame in the place with arches , new kitchen and bathroom . the garden took months . it had to be rid of hedgehogs and its babies , nappies engrained in grass and bamboo :'(

that took days to extricate , . it now looks fabulous and a very very happy couple live there in the best rental property in the area I should think !!!

if I could I would post pics but p/bucket being a pain

not as inspiring as your view though . lovely to see pics
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Postby border » Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:51 pm

Now the garden - That`s another story.
Luckily it`s not huge as it has become massively overgrown through neglect.
Brambles as thick as 22mm and very thorny,the largest pampas grass that I have ever seen and when you cut the grass there is an underlying carpet of layers of grass even longer than the top layer.
It is good to get out there on sunny days and do battle with it.

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Re: happy birthday border

Postby hifinutt » Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:11 pm

oh my gosh , another landscaping project !! what are you going to do with it
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Postby border » Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:38 pm

Cut it all back to basics to start with.
I am halfway up the valley sides so the gardens are terraced but still slightly sloping.
Once it has recovered a little I will draw up a simple plan,possibly just grass and a couple of small ornamental trees such as Japanese Maple to add a little colour and diversity.
Once the monster pampas is a thing of the past it will open out the garden and make it seem much bigger.
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Re: happy birthday border

Postby hifinutt » Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:19 am

wow , that's going to be wonderful . I have just had a tree surgeon round . been worrying about our 90 foot plus poplars x2 and other dead trees . very good quote and fully insured guys . doris has made me nervous , especially as loads of terraced houses in close proximity !!!
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Re: happy birthday border

Postby GeeGee » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:18 am

I have family there too. Beautiful part of the world, but a bit far out from civilisation for my wife!

My cousin is an independent builder working from Braunton. If there is any work you are not doing yourself, that may help you. Sounds like a shameless plug, but it is not, as he is never short of work. Just to say he is honest, in fact he is too nice to be a builder, and often loses out. Not always easy to find a honest builder. He is a trained mason, but uses other people for skills he does not have, so has a wealth of contacts.


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